The Tasting Room

Address: Auberge Le Quartier Francais, 16 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
Telephone: 021 876 2151

- Expensive

4.8

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
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Service
4.6
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Food and drink
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Value for money
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Ambience
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Location
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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.

Branches

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

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Education
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

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