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The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais

Cnr Berg & Wilhelmina Streets | 16 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 2151
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Ranked #12 of 62 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 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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Zurich, Switzerland
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107 reviews 107 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

What a wow experience! The one thought that came to me, was this art or was it food? I do feel one needs to be open to trying creative combinations of taste and textures and to expect the unusual! We found our waiter explained everything perfectly without spending too much time as so many commented on. We also didn't find... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

My wife and I recently spent 3 weeks in South Africa which included a 3 night stay in Franschhoek. Having read the (mostly) rave reviews for the Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, we decided to book the restaurant and are very glad we did. It was like going to the theatre and having dinner all rolled into 1. We... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately, as much I wished otherwise, this review is not glowing. I agree with previous reviewers that the booking process for this restaurant is tedious and we set a reminder in our phones for Christmas Day to ensure we got a reservation! The food, while nicely presented (though not elevated to the level I expected) is just basically bland. It... More 

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london
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We booked back here after a fantastic experience in the normal restaurant back in 2011. Had no idea we were booked into the tasting room as the phone service is on the poor side when booking, very rushed with little explanation as to what to expect. Suppose I should have been clearer though. The following is about the food and... More 

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JeanLQFZA, Public Relations Manager at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review

We are sorry that there was a misunderstanding and we were not clearer when handling your booking about which restaurant you had reserved. Once our Restaurant Manager realised that you last ate in The Common Room (now our Living Room, which offers a much simpler tapas style menu), we offered to move you immediately as these are two very different... More 

Netherlands
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150 reviews 150 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

lets get this straight, no 11 restaurant in Franschhoek, impossible. It is worldwide one of the top 50 restaurants and is the best dinner experience you can have. It Is no 1 and nothing else. Not cheap, but if you are one of the lucky few that can book a table, online, only one month in advance, make no mistake... More 

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Crewe
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

From the minute you walk in, prepare to be delighted and amazed! Wonderful food, very clever cuisine and beautifully paired wines. Can't wait to return!!

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Me and my brother had dinner at the tasting room! Very creative and fusion like food with some very great dishes and fantastic local wine parings. A bit strange that we had different courses thus de factor two different menus my brother and I. This was of cause meant to share, however we thought it would have been better to... More 

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New York City, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

My husband loves French cuisine and was raving about every course. I am vegetarian and one of my daughters is vegan. And I must commend the staff and kitchen for going out of their way to accommodate our needs. It could not have been easy to adjust their set menu, but they did it speedily and with great aplomb. Overall... More 

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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57 reviews 57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Such a lovely place The Garden Room, we sat there most of the day just enjoying the garden. We had the tapas style menu and got another insight into the culinary delights of South Africa. Mine was duck crumble and fish cakes my husband’s. The summer berry float was a good excuse to linger on. If you want something unusual... More 

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Minchinhampton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Our meal at The Tasting Room lasted for three hours! All nine courses, plus other little bites of this and that inbetween, were absolutely and completely delicious!

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Address: Cnr Berg & Wilhelmina Streets | 16 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 876 2151
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
Average Prices: USD 78 - 145
Cuisine: African, Contemporary, International

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