It’s as if the best of two worlds have collided. A new iteration of chef Liam Tomlin’s award-winning Chefs Warehouse restaurant has opened at Maison in the Franschhoek valley. The estate, owned by Chris Weylandt of the Weylandts home furniture empire, is pastoral bliss personified — a working fruit and wine farm with a vegetable garden, free-range chickens and a pet pig called Porcini. Add to this idyll the third Chefs Warehouse (the other two are on Bree Street and at Beau Constantia), which replaced The Kitchen as the in-house restaurant late last year. Under the guardianship of head chef David Schneider, who worked at both other branches before opening at Maison, it extends the tapas-for-two format in the beautiful vineyard-facing setting. Indoor tables (ideal for cosy winter dining) give way to a covered terrace and long tables with bench seating on the lawn. The contemporary-casual aesthetic is the perfect fit for the Chefs Warehouse style of eating, and Schneider ensures the m...

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