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“A brilliant 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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, 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.
Ely, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“A brilliant experience.”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

My wife and I enjoyed an 8 course taster meal here in August. I have eaten in many Michelin starred restaurants and I have no doubt, that if Michelin operated in South Africa this would have a couple of their stars. It is by far one of the most interesting and enjoyable meals I have had. The wine accompaniment was first class.

The restaurant was busy, but the the room handled it easily, giving it a lovely atmosphere. The staff were absolutely perfect in their serving and explanations of each course.

The food itself was just inspired. Each course was neither better or worse than the previous one, it just kept a constant level of brilliance.

If you go to Franschhoek and don't eat here then you have missed out on something very special indeed.

  • Visited August 2013
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“fascinating....”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

A truly memorable experience and not like any other'night out to eat' art on a plate which happens to also taste incredible.

Visited August 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wow!”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Totally exceeded our expectations. We did the eight course food and wine pairing menu. The menu had 'a South African experience' theme and after course three my husband and I were served different dishes and wines. We loved this as it meant we got to taste a wider variety of dishes and wines, although some dishes were really hard to share!
The food was spectacular - demonstrating such creative genius, yet still simple and accessible enough to really showcase great ingredients.
Whilst the individual wines were not all high end - the pairings with the food can not be faulted.
We loved that the service was excellent but also relaxed and fun - not snooty at all.
Not to be missed!

  • Visited August 2013
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Community of Madrid, Spain
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“simply unreal”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

One of the few restaurants / chefs that manages to do nouveau, multiple course tasting experiences without losing focus on the taste and "simplicity" of the food. For foodies, this is a destination spot. Service, when compared with peer offerings in South Africa, was excellent.

The dining room appeared to be in a temporary location while the principal area was undergoing renovations. Also, while the wine was good, it was not spectacular - the chef should ensure that the wine matches the excellence of the food.

  • Visited July 2013
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Franschhoek, South Africa
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very good service and food”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

Chef Margot Janse takes pride in her food and you can taste it!! The service and ambience is great and the restaurant is upgraded every year. We are proud to have this restaurant in Franschhoek - keep up the good work!

  • Visited April 2013
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