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The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais

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French, African, International, Contemporary
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Cnr Berg & Wilhelmina Streets | 16 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 2151
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Description: The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais is South Africa's most lauded...
The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais is South Africa's most lauded fine-dining restaurant. It is the stage to award-winning 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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Food experience

This is definitely worth it if your a foodie. There may be better restaurants in area but the experience is amazing. We made the mistake of ordering.the wine pairing which was just too much. A glass of wine for each of the eight courses was just a little much.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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  • Romantic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is definitely worth it if your a foodie. There may be better restaurants in area but the experience is amazing. We made the mistake of ordering.the wine pairing which was just too much. A glass of wine for each of the eight courses was just a little much.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Loved trying the molecular gastronomy at the Tasting Room. The service was first rate and the flavors (especially when paired with wine) explode in your mouth. However, this isn't for those who aren't adventurous eaters--there is no "ordering" and isn't kid friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We had the tasting menu without the wine pairing as they have a very good choice of wine and we had been told by friends that with the pairing you end up not knowing how you got home. When we entered the restaurant we were served a glass of champagne accompanied with a small dish. Our first three dishes we... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

It was a good experience dining here - the food however may not be to everyone's taste. A set 10 course degustation with wine pairing will set you back about US$90. Personally we found the dishes beautiful to look at but not so tasty to eat. The tastes textures & combinations were not what we expected & overall did not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I can't begin to describe all the flavors and tastes that we had in over 11 courses with wine pairings. I would rank this as one of the best restaurants in the world. I would go back to South Africa just to eat at The Tasting Room

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is food as theatre. Delicious theatre. There is no menu, just a series of small(ish) dishes with which one can match wines. Every dish looked amazing. Most tasted fantastic too. The service was impeccable. For us the price was good because of the rate of exchange.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We stayed at the Le Quartiers Francais for two nights and although we loved the hotel, we really disliked the Tasting Room. A lot of buzz on this restaurant, but the combination of flavours simply did not work. The 7 course tasting menu was all over the place, nothing worked. None of us liked it and we were a group... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

It was not that the food wasn't good. The food was good, above average for sure. However the expectations for this restaurant was so high, that it was bound to have some setbacks. The service was excellent, the décor and ambiance was nice, though the room somehow felt a bit empty.. without having any reason as to why I felt... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The Tasting Room offers no menu, just a beautiful array of food with a very local touch. The food was amazing and nothing we had ever had before, the only disappointment was the wine pairing but that's our personal views, its not to say the wine wasn't good, we just enjoy more than one glass! The staff were brilliant, they... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The tasting menu was a great disappointment to all of us. The menu was too avant garde. The presentation was excellent and the staff was knowledgeable but the food left so much to be desired.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Cnr Berg & Wilhelmina Streets | 16 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 21 876 2151

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 110 - 150
  • Cuisine: French, African, International, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic

Description

The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais is South Africa's most lauded fine-dining restaurant. It is the stage to award-winning 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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