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The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais

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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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Good for:
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
a great dining experience!

Dining at the Tasting Room is a real dining experience you should try. Maybe some of the dishes might be not your taste, but the preparation and rafinesse of each course are fantastic! The Tasting Room doesn't offer a menu - so you can't choose the dishes you like. You can have the surprise 8... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Dining at the Tasting Room is a real dining experience you should try. Maybe some of the dishes might be not your taste, but the preparation and rafinesse of each course are fantastic! The Tasting Room doesn't offer a menu - so you can't choose the dishes you like. You can have the surprise 8 course menu with or without... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We stayed at the Le Quartier Francais and decided to have dinner at the Tasting Room on our first night. We had a great meal with drinks pairing. I thought it was quite imaginative that my husband and I were served different dishes/pairings for most courses - more to try. While I didn't love every course, all the dishes were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This is tough to review- so much of the experience was outstanding and broadly I agree with previous comments- however it did not quite work for me... The quality of the food and the interesting flavour worked well as did the wine pairings. However, I found the general experience a littler petentious and overly theatrical. We were greeted by over... More 

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La Quinta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This tasting menu - actually two tasting menus, as you and your companion get two different menus which you can share - was superb. The food was terrific and innovative and the service was the opposite of stuffy - very fun. The pairings were quite good as well.

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Scotland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We booked a table for our anniversary. We booked about 8 months before by e-mail and explained that it was a special occasion. We knew from a previous visit that it was difficult to get a table so we planned well in advance. We have experienced many tasting meals in different parts of the world over the years. Although we... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Treated to an incredible lunch as well as a look around the beautiful lush, serene property, we felt like royalty! A huge thank you to Jean and her team for treating a city boy and his beautiful lady to a most memorable day. This is a place worth visiting!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

One of the best meals I've ever had - BUT the stand out for me was the service! Truly inspiring knowledge of the produce...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

Having failed three weeks earlier to get a booking in The Tasting Room we settled for lunch at The Foliage (see separate review). We then decided to have tapas in The Living Room in the evening having told them that we were disappointed not to have got a reservation in The Tasting Room having tried to do so for three... More 

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Whyalla, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

ate here during our recent stay in Franschhoek. Enjoyed it thoroughly. We eat at similar restaurants when're we travel and we were impressed by the menu. The little starters were great and the paired wines were good. Found it interesting that for half the courses we received different meals, which was good to taste and experience more, but I thought... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Exciting culinary experience with each dish a form of art.... was highly recommended to us and no wonder...

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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: African, International, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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