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“Innovative and memorable food experience”
Review of The Tasting Room - CLOSED

The Tasting Room
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $110 - $150
Cuisines: African, Contemporary, International
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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.
Wellington, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“Innovative and memorable food experience”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

I ate at The Tasting Room in October on a big birthday, and had a memorable time. We had booked a long time in advance - this was destination dining, on the reputation and reviews of Tripadvisor.

We had the 8 course menu - which when you add the amuse bouche at the beginning, and a chocolate at the end, is almost 10 courses. They are very small though, allowing us to continue to enjoy every course through to the last. The food was innovative and delicious. I loved the unusual combinations, the surprises - biting into something expecting one taste and getting another - and the skill in presentation.

We also chose the wine matching. The wine servings were generous - and effectively constitute a wine tour of the region in one meal. The meal takes about three hours, so an 8 o'clock booking is probably the latest you'd want. That also means that drinking all that wine didn't really have any negative effects. Though we did struggle to face going wine tasting the next day, and put it off till the Monday! We stayed at Le Quartier Francais - so getting home was easy.

They gave us a copy of the menu to take away at the end of the meal, which was appreciated as there was no way I could remember everything in the detail I wanted.

This is actually remarkable value for the quality of the food and wine. There's no way you'd get a similar meal (and wines) in the US, UK, Europe, Australia or even NZ for the same price.

The restaurant is very simply furnished, and there is no dress code. It does seem to be a little at odds with the quality of the meal, but it does mean that there is a very relaxed atmosphere, and that felt very South African to me.

  • Visited October 2012
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best meal ever”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

The setting was lovely the food was outstanding! We had the best meal we've ever had at this restaurant.

Visited October 2012
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“One of the world's best restaurants”
Reviewed November 2, 2012 via mobile

Having eaten out around the Cape we thought we had experienced some amazing food until we ate at The Tasting Room. Getting a reservation proved tricky and when we arrived we could see why. The experience is really world-class and, when combined with the novelty of the wines, and the value, it has to rank as one of the world's top restaurants. The service was incredible, and passionate. The food was creative, and blended local ingredients with traditional cooking styles (bread cooked in a pilchard tin). The fish was out of this world, and the Wildebeast was not something one has every day! Anyone staying in the Cape really must try this restaurant, but I would suggest to skip lunch that day.

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Cape Town
Level 6 Contributor
65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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“A Taste adventure”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

We dined at the Tasting Room this weekend. What a Taste adventure! We had the 8 course surprise menus, my husband had the wine pairing. Each course is a masterpiece (you can't help but spare a thought for those in the kitchen who have probably spent the entire day creating just one plate!) The menu differed between us on some of the courses. They accommodated my husband's gluten intolerance by adjusting his meal where necessary.
The service was excellent with an African flavour not only in the ingredients but the delivery and explanation of the food. All in all a wonderful evening out, a wonderful meal at a wonderful venue.

  • Visited October 2012
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Reading, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“AMAZING”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

The Dining Room is a restaurant thats one of those places you probably love or hate. I see some people have outed negative things about this place, and without wanting to sound like a stuck up person, I think that is because they cannot appreciate proper gourmet food.
If the Michelin star rating system would be in place in South Africa, this place would have at least 2 stars, probably 3.
We had the surprise tasting menu with wine flight. What we really enjoyed was that after about 3 courses we both got different courses! So we got to taste from each others courses and wines, which made it a real culinary journey! We really loved all of our dishes, which were inventive, tasted great and were presented beautifully. Even a simple course like a small salad was plated so origial, on a wooden plate full of eadible flowers.
Other things we loved was the casual an relaxed atmosphere. We have dined in other Michelin establishments where we loved the food, but didnt like the stiff atmosphere. But The Tasting Room is relaxed, the staff is friendly and informal, yet still very professional and courteous.
The potion size was also perfect for me. I didnt know if i could finish 8 courses, but I didnt feel stuffed after finishing it all but just perfect.

The value for this meal was incredible as well, you will not find it in Europe or the US. This restaurant should be number one on Tripadvisor!

Highly, highly recommended, it was one of the best meals i ever had.

  • Visited October 2012
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