The Tasting Room

Price guide: Expensive

Auberge Le Quartier Francais, 16 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape, 7690

Price guide: Expensive

Le Quartier terrace

By Vicki Sleet, your Cape Winelands expert

#1 of 6
expert-rated restaurants in Cape Winelands
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.8
4.8
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4.6
4.6
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Education, Romance, Special occasions

Best for Gourmets - Expert review of The Tasting Room

Make a pilgrimage to this bastion of boundary pushing cuisine.

Ever the chameleon, chef Margot Janse is always looking for new ways to wow her disciples and her latest direction does that and so much more. An ardent locavore and proponent of seasonal dining, her newest decision is to 'close borders' that is, to only use South African and African grown and produced produce - and the results are nothing short of fabulous - it's no suprise that The Tasting Room is once again one of the Eat Out Top 10 award winners as well as rated in the Top 50 in the world in the San Pellegrino world's best restaurants awards. The detail on each and every plate is incredible - with some dishes having hours and hours of time and energy poured into them. This is a must do for any foodie.

Food and drink: 

The menu changes often but expect South African ingredients in a fine dining scenario - playful elements like 'smoke' and 'air' and other snap, crackles and pops up the fun factor but most importantly - the focus on exquisite layerings of intense taste sensations is never lost.

Recommended dishes: 

Try the locally reared Peking duck breast, confit leg tortellini, pea parfait,butternut, juniper and pomegranate but save space for the Mulberries, bitter chocolate ganache, lemon thyme and buffalo yoghurt sherbet.

Ambience: 

Despite the festivities on the plates, the tone is quiet and even hushed - the food really is the hero.

Service: 

The team here are encouraged to relate their own experiences and family memories of the heritage ingredients and traditional offerings given a modern twist and the effect is inclusive and educational.

Location: 

Franschhoek.

Price advice: 

R620 for five course menu.

Tables to book: 

An table on the terrace is a summertime treat.

Other useful branches: 

The on site sister restaurant The Common Room serves laidback all day eats with an undeniably sophisticated twist.

More information on The Tasting Room :

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Modern
Address:
Auberge Le Quartier Francais, 16 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape, 7690
Telephone:
021 876 2151
Website:
http://www.lequartier.co.za
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 7pm-9pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential
Free tags / Keywords:
seasonal

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