Le Quartier Français - Franschhoek, Western Cape, 7690, South Africa
  • tasting room-1-July 19, 2012

"Thrilling, vibrant flavours and polished dishes. Cleverness and confidence shines on the plate.
Margot is simply extraordinary." -
Abigail Donnelly

The Tasting Room

Relais & Châteaux Grande Chef.
53rd in the San Pellegrino World's Best Restaurants Awards 2013.
9th Best Restaurant in the 2013 Eat Out DSTV Food Network Restaurant Awards.
Chef of the Year 2012 - Eat Out DSTV Food Network Restaurant Awards.
San Pellegrino Top 50 best restaurants in the World 2011, 2010,2009,2008,2007,2006,2005,2002.
2nd Best Restuarant in the 2012 Eat Out DSTV Food Network Restaurant Awards.
Best Restaurant in Africa and the Middle East 2009,2008,2007,2005.

The Cuisine

Surprise: an emotion that occurs when something breaks our habitual pattern.

The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français is South Africa's most lauded fine-dining restaurant. It is the stage to award-winning Relais & Châteaux Grande 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.

Interior Decorater of The Tasting Room and scenographer by profession, Herbert Janse, says

"I have tried to reflect upon, and was inspired by the extraordinary food from Margot Janse.
I made a non-intimidating, warm and welcoming atmosphere. A room with room for unexpected tastes. Eye-catchers mixed with South African contemporary art. Candy wrap paper from paris, antique fare lights, a rope sculpture and a glowing fish are some of them."

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.


8-course                                             R 850    per person
8-course with wine pairing:           R 1300  per person 

Prices subject to change without notice.

P.S Please allow 3½ hours for this menu
       We do not have a dress code
       We are a mobile free zone
       We have kicked the habit – we are now totally non-smoking inside and outside,
       but have a dedicated smoking section on our front terrace

Booking dinner in The Tasting Room

Please Note: 

Due to the size of The Tasting Room we have a limited number of seats available each evening.
Preference is given to inhouse guests and the table is linked to the accommodation booking.

Bookings open till end September 2014 and please note we will be closed from the 8th June till the 8th July for our anuual leave.

Hotel Guests, if you have accommodation booked, please contact us on res@lqf.co.za to confirm your dinner reservations.

To request a reservation , please fill in the form below.

To Confirm a booking we will require credit card information to guarantee the booking. For tables of six or more all bookings not cancelled 48 hours in advance will be charged in full.

The Tasting Room reservation hours:
Monday-Friday: 10h00-17h00
Saturdays: 15h00-17h00
Closed on Sundays.

Tel: +27 (0)21 876 2151

Thank you for requesting a booking. We hope we can help you with the date and time you requested. We will revert with a confirmation or an alternative date/time as soon as possible.


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