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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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Tue - Sat 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It was simply a culinary journey through plates of artistic excellence. We ate here whilst on our honeymoon trip through South Africa. The service was outstanding and the whole experience made this a special night for us.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

First up, the food was very good. One of two really stand-out dishes, but the balance not anything special, and actually we were a little disappointed given the reputation. However, by saying that, they take African ingredients and do great things with them to make some really interesting dishes, and the whole tasting menu experience is fantastic, especially with the... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Having been there various times... the team achieves a constant high performance and every time little additional surprises....that make each session special and a unique memory

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Thank aleksander222
Townsville, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a nice menu with small but very good dishes. Everything is well planed and executed with perfect combinations of tastes and presentation. The space is a bit small and feels packed but the food makes up for it. I recommend to have a drink before and after at the very cool bar in front of the restaurant.

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Thank Marvin_Australia
Caroline J, Director of Operations Quality Control at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review Marvin, I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your time at the Tasting Room, as well as in the bar, and have passed your comments on to the team. Kind regards, Caroline Johnson Director of Operations Quality Control Leeu Collection More 

Prestbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked this restaurant 3 months in advance of my visit, when arriving today we were guided to a restaurant down the road in a tiny room , the conservatory, 6 tables, no customers and a completely different menu to the internet, a snack menu , when we thought we were eating at one of the top restaurants in the... More 

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Caroline J, Director of Operations Quality Control at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review and I am so sorry to read of your disappointing experience. I would very much appreciate the opportunity to investigate fully what happened with your booking and so please would you be so kind as to email me directly on caroline.johnson@leeucollection.com. I look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards,... More 

Guildford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had read so many reviews and recommendations of this place that we were so excited to try it for ourselves. We had a disappointing evening. The 8+ courses are all over-engineered and the service was slow. We seemed to have been forgotten mid way through the experience and we were left sitting waiting. The taste of the food itself... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food and service here is spectacular. This is a long meal with many courses beautifully displayed and served by great waiters. Our whole experience from beginner Ng to end was exceptional. Do go for the wine pairing which takes the food to another level. Don't miss out on this experience

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Thank TheWilds42
MatthewLeeuEstates, General Manager at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review

Dear TheWilds42, Thank you for your amazing review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience with us and look forward to welcoming you back. Kind Regards, Matthew Smith Area General Manager More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Discover Africa was the theme of the menu and that is what you certainly do. You are talked through 7 courses-the dishes are chosen for you with accompanying wine. It's like nothing I've ever had-experimental and exciting-and (in most/all courses) experimentation not impacting taste. Brown butter with Kalahari salt, White pepper foam, Bouchu plant anyone?

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Thank Figs_Olives
MatthewLeeuEstates, General Manager at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review

Dear Figs_Olives, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. Kind Regards, Matthew Smith Area General Manager More 

Lauerz, CH
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is difficult to get a reservation for dinner in this top restaurant in South Africa but it is worthwile to wait. We are travelling a lot and also have visited some of the top Michelin-Star restaurants in Europe. But this is something special. We were 2 couples and booked the "Surprise Menu" Very creative dishes prepared to perfection. Something... More 

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

Dear Ulrich R, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are thrilled you had such a memorable evening with us and look forward to welcoming you back. Kind Regards, Matthew Smith Area General Manager More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was quite magical. The food, the service, waiters, everything combined. It's an honest gem in Franschoek. I wouldn't even have to think twice about going there again!

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Thank Karolina_Hor
MatthewLeeuEstates, General Manager at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review

Dear Karolina_Hor, Thank you for your great review. We are elated you enjoyed your experience with us. Kind Regards, Matthew Smith Area General Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$110 - $150
Cuisine
African, International, Contemporary
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Tuesday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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
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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