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“Food as theatre”
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: Lunch, Late Night, 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.
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
193 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Food as theatre”
Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

Franschhoek seems to be the San Sebastián of South Africa and surely The Tasting Room and its award winning chef must take much if the credit for that. The surprise menu (we have eaten too well in this country so only went for 5 and not 8 courses), was incredible. From the cashew nut and olive marshmallow and squid ink stone as part of the amuse vouches, through to the hartebeest loin, the gruyere of the cheese course and then the biggest surprise of all the dessert. Won't spoil it for you by describing what happens but it was all full of imagination and the most incredible array of flavours.

Probably the best meal we've had outside San Sebastián and in many ways as enjoyable as the great Mugaritz. But not quite Arzak!

Visited April 2013
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
“Well worth it!”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

Dinner here surpassed any other fine dining I have experienced. My husband has wanted to eat here for a few years and I have always been hesitant as I have dietary restrictions. This was no problem, and we were presented with alternatives as and when necessary. We loved that we were given different options as we were able to enjoy more tastes. The staff were fantastic, knowledgeable, efficient and friendly. The food was presented as art on a plate and the flavours of each and every course lived up to the presentation. A fabulous evening we will always remember!

  • Visited April 2013
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Cape Town
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Very memorable evening”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

For a memorable romantic evening or business dinner, doing a food and wine pairing at this top class restaurant will not leave you disappointed.

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Miami, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“The Most Amazing Dinner Yet.”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

My wife and I are both foodies and we visited South Africa and Paris for our honeymoon. We had the tasting menu with the wine pairing and it was the most amazing meal we have ever had in our life so far. The chef signed a copy of our menu for us. The restaurant might seem to be a bit small, however, it's perfect the perfect size for a perfect meal.

Visited March 2013
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93 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“A stand out - must eat here”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

This was the standout restaurant of our stay in Africa, in our opinion topping La Colombe. We both had the surprise tasting menu with matched wines, one of us having 5 and the other having 8 courses but that was no issue and balanced perfectly by the very competent staff. A very innovative menu which was simply delicious without being overdone. Great explanations of the food and top service from all staff. If are visiting Franschoek it would be highly advisable to make an advance booking to ensure you are not disappointed. We loved it.

  • Visited March 2013
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