A mouthwatering look at what's on the menu at SA chef's Michelin-star restaurant in France

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13 February 2015

This month his restaurant was awarded a Michelin star for its delicious dishes, which combine French recipes with South African favourites such as biltong and mosbolletjies.

So proud of my team!! #JAN #onestar #southafrica #frenchriviera #france #michelin

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Having your restaurant awarded a Michelin star is the dream of every chef, and Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen is no exception.

For him the dream came true. Jan is a South African managing his own restaurant, Jan, in Nice, France.

Coveted Michelin stars are awarded annually and Jan’s restaurant is one of only 52 that received a star this year. According to reports Jan is the first South African to be honoured in this way. Among the chefs who have been given this honour is British chef Gordon Ramsay.

Lunch on a roll!! #JAN #vscocam #niceport #france #verilymoment #goldenteam #michelin #instafood #fromabove #foodie #frenchaffair #breathoffrenchair

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Jan’s restaurant opened in 2013 and last year Condé Nast Traveller declared it one of the best restaurants in the world, thanks especially to the healthy dishes they serve. Patrons can look forward to a true South African experience, including pumpkin pie, malva pudding and curried fish.

Slow cooked oxtail with fresh pasta #frenchaffair #winter #europe #food #slowfood

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According to their website, restaurant JAN serves a seasonal based tasting menu, meaning it changes regularly. "There is no a la carte menu," the site says but, "in addition we offer an optional cheese course and wine paring carefully selected by our Sommelier."

Spinach, Salmon and Créme Fraîche tart #breakfast #breakfastclub #lightlunch #salmon

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"Our philosophy of serving modern French plates inspired by the markets of the South of France will guarantee you a choice of regularly changing fresh produce prepared to the utmost perfection."

Here's a look at what's been on offer since 2 February.

"Mosbolletjies" and Cape seed loaf, whipped biltong Miso butter

Beetroot, walnut mayo, buttermilk and white chocolate dressing

Quail, cabbage, clementine, goats cheese, candied nuts

Sea bass, curry, yoghurt, lentil, lime, fennel, mussels, white wine

Beef, cauliflower, bone marrow, herb crust, grilled leek, "pampoenkoekie" and onion ash

Cheese board, fruits and nuts (8, extra)

Carrot Cake, cream cheese ice cream, honey crumble, pineapple "Melktertjies en rooibos tee" We use desert salt from the Kalahari, Olive oil from Menton, freshly ground black pepper, full cream milk, fresh herbs and lots of love with our preparation

Jan says as a child he loved melkkos and his granny’s food encouraged him to get into food. That’s why he’d rather work in a kitchen than on his family’s dairy farm in Mpumalanga. Melkkos inspired him to create a treat that combines South African and French food: the melkkos macaroon.

Ouma se vetkoek. #onmytable #fromabove #janhendrik #JAN #jam #instafood #tablesoflove #vscofood #vscocam #frenchaffair #onestarmichelin

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If you want to eat at Jan’s restaurant be warned; a meal for two will set you back about R1 800.

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