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The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais

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African, French, 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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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
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
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I assume we should have given this restaurant an "excellent" rating, but I bumped it down a notch on account of some of the food being too dressed up to recognize. This place is apparently world-renowned. My husband and I stayed at Le Quartier Francais, so we had to try it. We later heard someone... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
JenniferLSVV
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Lakeville, Minnesota
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35 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We arrived with great hopes of this restaurant but the style and delivery was not what we had hoped for. We had the eight course tasting menu with wines. My husband and I were served different foods and different wines at various courses and, although the food was good, we didn't think it was outstanding. The service was absolutely excellent.

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I assume we should have given this restaurant an "excellent" rating, but I bumped it down a notch on account of some of the food being too dressed up to recognize. This place is apparently world-renowned. My husband and I stayed at Le Quartier Francais, so we had to try it. We later heard someone refer to this type of... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent food and wine selections. The service was really superb, the interior charming and the atmosphere relaxing. The day of our visit was very windy why the glas facade to the lovely garden was closed. Probably a good idea to make a reservation in due time.

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Thank Lars R
LuisPinheiroLQF, General Manager at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review

Dear Lars R, Thank you for your review, we are so glad that you enjoyed your meal with us. Wind here in the Cape can indeed be a bit invigorating at times; but with the Summer temperatures we face we are grateful that it cools things down slightly. Kind regards, Luis More 

New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is difficult to get a reservation at The Tasting Room. You have to book 30 days in advance and wait to hear from them. I usually hate this type of situation but based on recommendations we went through the process. IT WAS WORTH IT! The 8 course tasting menu (each course accompanied by an outstanding South African wine) was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The wait staff were so fun and knowledgeable. The food was off the charts amazing. They were happy to accommodate my diet restrictions. Top 10 best meals of my life. Don't sweat the price...splurge on a meal here if you are in Franschhoek!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful experience of different tastings which I will never forget, magnificent and extremely unique. We were surprised by the chef's choice different courses, and each course was delicious. Even the bread and butter were amazing. The staff is very helpful and explains perfectly how the tastes were build up by different ingredients and is very passionate in... More 

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Thank fem020
LuisPinheiroLQF, General Manager at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review

Dear fem020 Thank you for your sincere review. We do think that our team are wonderful. It takes dedication, passion and teamwork from the chefs and the service staff to ensure that your experience is everything you envisage it to be and more and we are so please that you enjoyed. We agree that the wine pairing absolutely rounds off... More 

Venice, Florida
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the Tasting Room isn't the type of place where you would ask the chef for a recipe it was truly a unique experience. The wines were wonderful and the food was fascinating, service was excellent.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Eight courses (strangely, different ones for each of the two couples in our party of four) were nothing but pretentious concoctions that missed by far the mark of being edible, let alone tasty. If you are a country bumpkin, you may impress your mother in law on her birthday. If you are a foodie, do yourself a favor and stay... More 

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LuisPinheiroLQF, General Manager at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review

Dear KateRinehart, Thank you very much for your review. It is a pity that you did not enjoy your experience at The Tasting Room, a favorite among many foodies. We appreciate that tastes may differ and thank you for taking the time to share your review. Regards, Luis More 

Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were able to score reservations at the supper club (dinner plus movie for only 120 rands). We loved the inventive dishes and the wine offer. I did taste there a special plate the first time. Go and try it.

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Thank Phiotographer
LuisPinheiroLQF, General Manager at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review

Dear Phiotographer, Thank you very much for this review. The Supper Club and small plates menu is available in our Living Room though and not our Tasting Room Restaurant. Margot Janse, our Executive Chef, certainly ensures her flair for creating inventive and distinctive dishes is evident on our tapas menu as well and we are delighted you enjoyed them. Kind... More 

London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tasting was excellent, went twice Food was exciting, each serving with its own story, as told by your servers . They were very knowledgeable ( sometimes a bit difficult to understand) This did not fault the evening. As we came twice they varied the food- thank you Only comment to be made the actual ambiance and decor were not up... More 

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Thank brontaler
LuisPinheiroLQF, General Manager at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review

Dear brontaler, Thank you for this review and joining us twice in one stay. Our team loved the opportunity to really “wow” you on your second night as well! We have noted comments re the décor of The Tasting Room and do have plans to address this in the future. Kind regards, Luis More 

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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, French, International, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings

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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