Le Quartier Français is a luxurious 21-room boutique hotel in Franschhoek and home to the award-winning restaurant, The Tasting Room.
Executive Chef Margot Janse and her talented team offer a contemporary African-inspired 8-course tasting menu unlike any other meal I’ve experienced.
Each dish is a surprise and is served with a perfectly-paired wine and a captivating story.
The unique 3 1/2 hour dinner is more than a meal, it is a culinary journey.
There is a tiny part of me that wishes I had taken notes as each dish arrived:
But dining at The Tasting Room is a sensory experience, and we were encouraged to participate by using all of our senses.
I quickly abandoned the thought of note-taking because I wanted to absorb every ounce of the evening.
The Tasting Room is one of The World’s 100 Best Restaurants:
And #3 on 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards.
An evening at The Tasting Room will take you on a sensory trip down memory lane.
Simultaneously, the Chef sends you forward on a unique culinary adventure by going beyond the 5 basic senses.
Another thing that makes The Tasting Room unique is my menu was different from John’s menu.
Essentially our 8-course tasting menu was really a 14-course tasting menu, since some dishes were the same.
I loved being able to bring the menu home with me. If only I could have videoed the whole night and brought home all of the stories as well.
I guess we can’t have it all, but I can return, and you better believe I will!
The Tasting Room
Le Quartier Francais
R850 (USD53) for 8-course tasting menu
R1335 (USD82) with wine pairing
Corner of Berg & Wilhelmina Streets
Franschhoek, South Africa
Open for dinner Tuesday – Saturday (closed on Sundays and Mondays).
Annual closure for 2016 will be from the 19th of June to the 15th of July.
“I have no signature dish, South Africa is my signature.” – Margot Janse, executive chef