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“Quite an experience”

The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais
Ranked #10 of 75 Restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $110 - $150
Cuisines: International, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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“Quite an experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

My husband and I ate an 8 and 5 course tasting menu with wine while we visited Franschhoek in May. First and foremost, the food here is just amazing. At times it feels like more art than food, but the flavors and creativity are stunning. It is some of the best food we've ever had. However, the night before we ate at the Test Kitchen in Cape Town, which was a better tasting menu and the best meal of our lives.

Service was a bit underwhelming. Yes, wait staff is attentive and knowledgeable, but some staff were better than others and for some it felt like they were regurgitating a scripted story for us. Also, we were never told why wines were paired with each dish.

The room is a bit strange as well, carpeted and felt a bit closed in.

Overall, well worth it when visiting South Africa, such an experience!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“quite simply; the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2014

When you are about the visit the acclaimed best restaurant in Africa and one of the world's top fifty your expectations and anticipation will obviously be high. In reality they will be exceeded. This is a remarkable experience. Not just gastronomic although the food tastes wonderful, but the overall experience of the 8 course tasting menu. The explanations, the lighting, the simple but African themed decor, the wine pairing, the feel, sight and touch of the food all contribute to a magical experience. To use a food metaphor, this was the icing on the cake of our wonderful trip to SA.

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Gordon's Bay, South Africa
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“Wow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2014

It took us 4 years of living in the Cape before eventually getting around to visiting the top restaurant in Africa (?) WOW!!

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Franschhoek, South Africa
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“The Tasting Room Margot Janse - WOW”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2014

One needs to experience this personally a written review will not and cannot do this Restaurant and the Chef Margo any justice at all. It is a "must experience" situation

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London, United Kingdom
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“Lovely experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014

As a finale to our honeymoon we booked the 8 course tasting menu. While it was very different and not everything was delicious, it was a great experience and I found the setting relaxed and fun. My favourite meal was the cod with mussel and almond dusting and the prawns in lemon. The desserts were decadent and very rich. The wine pairings were great, and very generous! When they found out it was our honeymoon they also took us to meet the chef and see the kitchen which was a lovely surprise (though might have been better before we finished all the wine pairings...)

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