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“Something special”
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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, 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.
Reviewed May 9, 2013

We went as a group of 6 for a special occasion, it didn't disappoint and exceeded expectations. It's not cheap but then again quality does come at a price. Great end to our holiday.

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Reviewed May 8, 2013

I was there last year more or less the same time and I thought that the food could not be better. Last night's dinner experience was truly magnificent. The combination of flavours is mind altering and a must for all foodies. They have special on at the moment where you pay for one 8 course meal and the second one is free.

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Thank Betsie A
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

It's consistently ranked the best restaurant in South Africa, and for good reason. The food is impeccable, fun, and often whimsical. The service staff are top notch - friendly, knowledgeable, relaxed and professional. Put yourself in their very capable hands for the 8 course surprise tasting menu and enjoy the ride.

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Thank SoreA
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

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!

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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!

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Thank lauren-renb
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