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The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais

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African, International, Contemporary
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Cnr Berg & Wilhelmina Streets | 16 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 2151
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Tue - Sat 19:00 - 22:00
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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We must be missing something as although we would consider ourselves as educated diners and frequent visitors to high end restaurants in London and around the world, this left us really unimpressed. And the palaver to book if you're not a resident at a Leeu House establishment (though we were). We must agree with a previous review - far too... More 

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London UK
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited last night, last time I was here was 6years ago, and couldn't wait to return. It really has to be one of the most disappointing experiences I have recently encountered. The so called amusebouche was hidden under a stack of stones and greenery. One little pot tasted of fish the other had no taste, not sure what it was... More 

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MatthewLeeuEstates, General Manager at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review

Dear Angela R, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience in The Tasting Room. Kind Regards, Matthew Smith Area General Manager More 

Franschhoek, South Africa
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Made a telephonic booking for the 7th of December (wedding anniversary) 20 days in advance. After 3 Days with no confirmation my wife and I went in to check only to be told there is no booking and we can only book after they confirm that their other quests do not require a booking. In other words wait for the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were absolutely blown away by the 8 course tasting menu at the Tasting Room. They served my husband and I different plates, so we actually tasted more like 16. Each one was innovative, exciting and an assault on the senses. The atmosphere was relaxed and romantic and the staff that served us, were knowledgeable and characterful. If you have... More 

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky to get a booking for the Tasting Room because we were staying at Le Quartier Francaise hotel. The taster menu guests do not see a menu to know what will be served. Instead each course is described by your waitress and they present you with a brief written description of the menu each at the end of... More 

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MatthewLeeuEstates, General Manager at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review

Dear CathyGri, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are delighted you and your partner enjoyed your evening with us and look forward to welcoming you both back. Kind Regards, Matthew Smith Area General Manager More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Every plate shows great skills of the chef, being able to beautifully plate it and have a African story behind the plating. Highly commendable and comparable to some of the 2-3 Michelin star restaurants in London. Must go when you are here in Cape Town.

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Thank vintc
MatthewLeeuEstates, General Manager at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review

Dear Vintc, Thank you for your wonderful review. We love that you had such a wonderful time and enjoyed your evening with us. Kind Regards, Matthew Smith Area General Manager More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious food and wine. Every course a taste sensation. Amazing knowledge from every staff member. Beautiful presentation.

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MatthewLeeuEstates, General Manager at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review

Dear JOI2281, Thank you for your great review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your evening with us. Kind Regards, Matthew Smith Area General Manager More 

Springfield, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were able to secure a much-coveted reservation at The Tasting Room. The restaurant decor was surprising - not elegant in a stuffy way but elegant in its simplicity of wooden tabletops and contemporary surroundings. The 8-course set tasting menu combined African flavors in gourmet food offerings. If you are not an adventurous eater, this restaurant may not be for... More 

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MatthewLeeuEstates, General Manager at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review

Dear Andrewkyle, Thank you for your amazing review. We love the simplicity of our décor and are thrilled you enjoyed it to. We are delighted you had a wonderful evening with us. Kind Regards, Matthew Smith Area General Manager More 

Miami, Florida
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138 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had tried to get a reservation at this restaurant last year but could not get in. This year we were not going to be able to get in again but I called and two days later I received a email offering me a table. The first thing I noticed is that the supposed best restaurant in Franchhoek did not... More 

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MatthewLeeuEstates, General Manager at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review

Dear Sealcoaster, Thank you for your feedback on your dining experience in The Tasting Room. Kind regards, Matthew Smith Area General Manager More 

Birmingham
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52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The menu was more a work of art than a great meal, in my personal view. There was a large amount of alcohol served and a very small amount of food. It was a fantastic experience, but I would order the standard menu if I stayed at LQF again and not make the effort to make an advance reservation for... More 

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1 Thank MargotHBirmingham
MatthewLeeuEstates, General Manager at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review

Dear MargotHBirmingham, Thank you for taking the time to write this review on your experience. Kind Regards, Matthew Smith Area General Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$110 - US$150
Cuisine
African, International, Contemporary
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Tuesday
19:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
19:00 - 22:00
Thursday
19:00 - 22:00
Friday
19:00 - 22:00
Saturday
19:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cnr Berg & Wilhelmina Streets | 16 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 21 876 2151
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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