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The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais

Le Quartier Francais | 16 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, South Africa
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Ranked #8 of 63 restaurants in Franschhoek
Price range: $78 - $145
Cuisines: African, Contemporary, International
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français is South Africa's most lauded fine-dining restaurant. It is the stage to award-winning Relais & Châteaux Grande Chef, Margot Janse, and her unique African Inspired Surprise Tasting Menu. Here, in this intimate setting, serious diners have the opportunity to experience a true journey of taste. With a menu that continues to evolve and astonish The Tasting Room, and its African Inspired cuisine, creates a dining experience unlike any other. One where surprise and nostalgia take centre stage. In The Tasting Room every African Inspired dish is exceptional and engaging. Truly refined with a distinct feminine touch and, at the same time, unexpectedly exciting ... exhilarating in fact. It is this contradiction that results in The Tasting Room menu's outstanding balance and ensures that the cuisine is nothing short of a theatrical masterpiece.In The Tasting Room the journey extends further than just phenomenal cuisine; it moves fearlessly into the captivating realm of stories and magic. A place where each plate, and its African inspired elements, have the ability to captivate the hearts and minds of diners.The Tasting Room is open Tuesdays to Saturdays for dinner only. 19h00 till late.Please allow at least 3 hours for your dinner.
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Cape Town
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79 reviews 79 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

This restaurant is unique. It is unlike anything I've experienced in many cities around the world boasting Michelin stars. This is food as art..art of taste and presentation. You don't go there if you want to have a big feed and to do that is to misunderstand what the restaurant offers. You won't be overfed but you will be presented... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

Beautifully presented 8 course dinner. We chose the wine pairing option which was a great choice. Be prepared that's a lot of wine to get through as measures aren't stingy but are appropriate to appreciate the pairing with each course. Great service and wonderfully detailed. Venue is not overly formal which we liked. It was completely full in low season... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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50 reviews 50 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

We make a concerted effort to get to The Tasting Room at least once a year, and are never disappointed. Surprise 8 course menu is playful and creative, while remaining full of flavor and true to local ingredients. Presentation borders on art, with some of the most interesting platings I have ever encountered. Great wine pairings to complement each dish,... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Brillant 8 course meal. - takes you on a journey via your senses. It's actually 11 courses if you include all the extra bits. Worth the visit at least once in your lifetime as it is pricey - but you'll understand why once you have experienced it!!

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

A friend had recommended eating here & we spent the last night of our 2 week road trip at LQF - we were not disappointed and recommend this as a special treat if visiting the Cape Town area. We went for the taster menu with matching wines and were wowed by the whole experience! Visually intriguing, tasty.... Each course was... More

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Essex
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My husband and I dined in the Tasting Room on the last evening of our three night stay at LQF and what a treat it was. We knew from the breakfasts and drinks at the bar that we would be in for something special and we were not disappointed. We opted for the full surprise tasting menu along with wine... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I ate here during the lead up to the recent 2014 Bastille Festival. I have to say it was very good. The food is very "Heston Blumenthal" like, its certainly one of those places that you should try at least once. The food is very spectacular and expertly prepared, and as I say it was a real experience. The waiters... More

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Klerksdorp, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Great meal, I went for the whole nine yards including the wine pairing(recommended). Chef Margot and her team knows how to impress. Its like magic! I went home very full, satisfied and a bit tipsy! Thank you very much

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Cape Town, South Africa
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I went to The Tasting Room for my birthday last week. It totally blew me away. We went for the surprise tasting menu and it did not disappoint. Every course was original and delirious. We also had the wine pairing with our mean which I would highly recommend. Every dish was paired perfectly. The staff were also very friendly and... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Dinner was quite simply like a trip through foodie Wonderland. We had the surprise menu and could not stop with the oo's and ahh's course after course. My highlights were... the little foie gras chocolate bar. Well that was one of the most delicious mouthfuls i've ever had. The cornbread served with caramelised brown butter was my death. I could... More

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