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“Innovative tasting menu”
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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.
Level 6 Contributor
718 reviews
347 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
“Innovative tasting menu”
Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Had high expectations for the Tasting Room given its reviews and ranking on the San Pellegrino list. We were not disappointed! The tasting menu with wine pairings was extremely innovative and the service was excellent. The use of unique South African ingredients was quite interesting as well. Trying not to sound pretentious, but after living in New York City, we have eaten in several world class restaurants and this was the same quality level in terms of food and service (for a fraction of the price).

Thank stephandgio_m
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Irvine, California
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Sublime pairings of food and wine!”
Reviewed August 19, 2014

My meal was an extraordinary pairing of gastronomical delights, each one paired with a wine designed to heighten the mouthwatering experience. Please don't attempt to undertake this journey of 8 or 9 courses paired with wine after you take the wine tram!

  • Visited October 2013
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2 Thank Eitleoir
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Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A fantastic experience”
Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is a great experience. Not huge portions but the various courses definitely fill you up. They were also able to cater for my gluten free diet which I was surprised at and it didn't even faze them. The staff are friendly and add to the whole experience.

Visited August 2014
Thank Lisa K
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Meggen, Switzerland
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“An almost must”
Reviewed August 14, 2014

My husband and I had the 8 course menu with wine pairing last March. The presentations were very pleasant and the food very good. I enjoyed the fact that at one point, we were served different dishes which gave us the opportunity to taste each other's dish or drink. But something was lacking and after some thought, I believe it was the atmosphere. The dining room could be found just about anywhere: in fact it had no soul. The service was very "nice" but a little too casual. It would not take much to drop the "almost" but at present time, the ratio overall quality/ price is suffering a bit.

  • Visited March 2014
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2 Thank Catherinegagnon
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Uden, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
87 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Brilliant, almost..”
Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Nice welcome. Had aperitifs outside. Excellent. Separate bill for these drinks before invited to our table?

Inside very adequate service.
5 course meal.
All quick, very, very tasty, wines nice.
Dessert diasappointing: sort of large eggshell disappearing under a warm caramel sauce poured over it. Visual feast, unfortunately the egg(?) underneath was a very sour yoghurt, the aftertaste of which still lingers in the back of my throat while typing this.
After dessert some white guy passed by our table to ask if we enjoyed our meal. After the first "yes" he was gone. Was he the owner?
Good evenings' dinner.

Visited August 2014
Thank Laurens D
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