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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
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Hard to imagine better

Incredible tast sensations supported by outstanding service. And complemented by superb wines. Probably the best meal I've ever experienced.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Martin H
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Incredible tast sensations supported by outstanding service. And complemented by superb wines. Probably the best meal I've ever experienced.

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Franschhoek, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Good food, very adventurous, in a way you will not find it anywhere els easy. Not for nothing a star for many years

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Pretoria, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

We visited after reading some good reviews. The restaurant's aesthetic is minimalistic, presumably to highlight the food. The power of a clean, crisp table cloth during an expensive dining experience should never be underestimated! The waiters were friendly. The food textures were interesting though bland in color. It quickly became obvious that executing technique was the priority while balance on... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Wonderful place. Super tasting boards and foods to share. Ideal for a big group. Loved those over sized gin glasses.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

So, I'll admit that the imperfect, yet always tempting San Pelligrino list lured me to this place, while some negative reviews almost kept me away. I am very glad I went. The Tasting Room is well worth every penny. I could not have been happier with the food, service, and entire experience here. Here are some things to consider before... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This was our second visit but this time we took our friends from Baltimore-their first visit to South Africa. Again the tasting menu, with matching wines, did not fail to amaze us with the sheer taste varieties and subleties

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Umberleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

An amazing dining experience with not just 10 courses but but different for my wife and me and with different wine/ beer/ cocktail for each of us for each course. Excellent presentation, taste and survice and a bargain if you are from UK!

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Chittlehampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Fantastic, fabulous, amazing, exciting, surprising, delicious, inventive. I can't find enough words to describe our experience. Nothing else will surpass this.

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

What a wondeful restaurant. excellent service, fantastic food and atmosphere. Had 8 wonderful courses paired with wines, an out of this world experience. Just remenmber to book well in advance, as it is always busy

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

It is a food adventure like no other, wild and wonderful flavors pass the pallet as the taste combinations keep coming. It's like a roller coaster of tastes and the unique way the food is prepared coupled with the local ingredients makes it a proudly South African bespoke evening. The service was excellent and the explanations of the wines was... 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: French, African, International, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, 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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