"I have no signature dish, South Africa is my signature" - Margot Janse
The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français is the stage for award-winning chef Margot Janse and her unique eight course, contemporary African inspired surprise Tasting Menu.
Surprise: an emotion that occurs when something breaks our habitual pattern.
Here, serious diners have the opportunity to experience a true journey of taste that continues to evolve and astonish, The Tasting Room creates a dining experience unlike any other . . . one where surprise and nostalgia take centre stage.
Interior Decorator 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 dish is engaging; 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 dishes balance.
The journey extends further than just 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’s Guiding Principles:
Please allow 3½ hours for this menu.
We do not have a dress code, you dress for the experience you want to have.
We are a mobile free zone, for your enjoyment and diners around you.
We have kicked the habit – we are non smoking, we do however have a dedicated smoking section on our outside terrace.
San Pellegrino’s World's Best Restaurant Award 2013 and 2014.
Elite Travellers top 100 Restaurants 2013 and 2014.
03rd Best Restaurant in the 2014 Eat Out Mercedes Benz Restaurant Awards.
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 and 2002.
2nd Best Restaurant in the 2012 Eat Out DSTV Food Network Restaurant Awards.
Best Restaurant in Africa and the Middle East 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2005.
Only open for dinner Tuesday - Saturday (closed on Sundays & Mondays).
Annual closure was 7 June to 1 July 2015.
Video below: Margot Janse and David Higgs on their culinary trajectories from Design Indaba.