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Le Quartier Français 2009 Review

It’s been a busy and eventful year at Le Quartier Français.

Our restaurants have continued to do exceptionally well, with The Tasting Room placing 37 in the World Top 50 and Bread & Wine placing in the Eat Out Top 20. Margot has once again showcased her acclaimed cuisine in countries around the world and last month saw the launch of her KLM Business Class menu – which will be served for the next 10 months in KLM Business Class on all flights leaving Amsterdam.

During the course of this year the Le Quartier Français Auberge received a facelift and we added the Grande Rooms and the Petite Garden Suites to our renowned accommodation. We now offer Le Quartier Français guests the Four Quarters Suites, Auberge Suites, Grande Rooms, Petite Garden Suites and Auberge Rooms. The Tasting Room was also redecorated by well-known Dutch set designer, and Margot’s brother, Herbert Janse.

2009 also saw the release of our Culinary Concierge Concept and Programme, which includes the Mrs Ndaba initiative, and we’re proud to say that it has been met with excellent reviews. We’re also proud to say that through our Culinary Concierge Programme our guests, and Mr Tuesday, are making a significant difference in the lives of 67 toddlers.

2009 hasn’t been an easy year for anyone but it has been incredibly rewarding. Enjoy the last few days of your 2009.


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

We hope that you, your family and your loved ones throughly enjoy today … and that you got everything you put on your Christmas List.

Now stop reading this and go and enjoy the Christmas magic!

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Experience, Franschhoek, Hotel, Le Quartier, Le Quartier Français,
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Mrs. Ndaba Christmas Video

We have put together a short video of our Instead of Christmas Cards and Gifts Programme.

Posted by: Linda Coltart
Posted in: Community, Mrs Ndaba,


KLM Business Class Menu

Below is a copy of the menu I created for KLM Business Class. It is going to be running on all KLM flights leaving Amsterdam over the next 10 months.

If you happen to be flying KLM Business Class over the holiday (or in the next 10 months) please leave me a comment about the food, I’d love to hear back from you.

Margot Klm Menu

Posted by: Margot Janse
Posted in: Food, Margot Janse,


Touches and Tastes Christmas Stock

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for that someone special, or you just want to spoil yourself, pop in to Touches and Tastes. We’ve redone the interior – it’s lighter and brighter than before – and we have also restocked the shop.

Touches and Tastes now has a selection of fabulous pieces ranging from REcreate Suitcase Chairs to handbags, fun pieces from my Marrakech adventure, jewellery, kitchen and bath delights, Môreson Méthode Cap Classique and more.

Once you’re done with your shopping why not pop into iCi for a strawberry daiquiri? It’s revitalising, it’s scrumptious and it’s pink … you can’t get better than that.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek Restaurant, Touches and Tastes,
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Instead of Christmas Cards and Gifts Programme

At Le Quartier Français we believe that Christmas is a time for love and magic!

We like to share and give to those that need it most, so we have an ‘Instead of Christmas Cards and Gifts Programme’.

This year we adopted a local crèche – ‘Mrs Ndaba and her children‘ – and created Muffin Friday and the Mr Tuesday Feeding Scheme. The ‘Instead of Christmas Cards and Gifts Programme’ has paid for these children to have their first Christmas party filled with nutritional food, laughter, clothes to take home, cupcakes, sweets and a visit from Santa Claus.

Posted by: Linda Coltart
Posted in: Community, Culinary Concierge, Mrs Ndaba,
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Touches and Tastes Open for Evening Shopping

Touches and Taste will be open until 19h00 on the following days:

  • Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th of December 2009 (that’s this weekend)
  • Saturday the 26th of December 2009
  • Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd of January 2010
  • Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th of January 2010
  • Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th January 2010.

Between 17h00 and 19h00 on these evenings we will have a range of delicious wines, from Môreson, to taste and we will -  on these evenings – be selling Môreson at cellar door prices.

So you can organise your holiday bubbly while you shop for that something special.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Experience, Franschhoek, Hotel Shop,
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Mademoiselle Lamb Burger – A Stellar Performance

Mademoiselle Lamb Burger – Lamb Burger’s lesser known but equally tasty niece – performed phenomenally at the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival. Over the course of the weekend we sold an impressive 750 Lamb Burgers.

If you had the opportunity to meet and eat Mademoiselle Lamb Burger we hope you enjoyed her!

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Festival, Food,
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New stock at Touches and Tastes

In Marrakech I found wonderful treasures for Touches & Tastes. I’ve combined these with vibrant new items sourced from various producers throughout South Africa. These include throws, beautiful linen table clothes and serviettes, fashionable washing-up gloves, cupcake couture, handbags, kitchen goodies and so much more.

The new look Môreson Méthode Cap Classique – that perfect stocking filler – will also be on sale at Touches and Tastes for the December 2009 and January 2010 period.

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Staying in Marrakech – Le  Quartier Français lives the concept of Experience Based Tourism

My stay in the heart of the Marrakech Medina was definitely enlightening.

The sights, sounds and smells are not for the feint hearted. Meat is displayed out on the street, offal on the tables and the motorbikes and donkeys all cruise by. As a pedestrian you just hope to get through it all without getting crushed in the oddly charming chaos.

The Riad we stayed in was situated down a dark alley flanked by piles of rubbish. Dan Hanan (that’s what the Riad was called), was in fact a surprisingly quiet retreat from all the Medina madness.  It was a three-star B&B, that could do with a bit of refurbishment, but it was comfortable and relatively inexpensive. The staff were great, very friendly and the rooftop terrace was amazing … you could spend forever here, just enjoying the sounds of the Marrakech night.

The majority of the Pure delegates and exhibitors chose to stay in Western hotels like the Sofitel, but I’m not sure there is a real authentic Marrakech experience to be had at the Sofitel. Then again how out of their comfort zone does the top end traveller really want to be? I’ve realised that it is one thing to say you’re looking to immerse yourself in a foreign culture, but it is quite another thing to actually enjoy it.

While I found my stay in the Medina enlightening I think that next year I will retreat to the sanctuary of the delightful Villa des Orangers – a Relais and Chateaux property that I love – situated outside the Medina walls. The Villa des Orangers have added new rooms since my last stay and a fabulous Hammam. Yes, I think the Villa des Orangers it will have to be!

Early evening at the Villa des Orangers

Early evening at the Villa des Orangers

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Experience, Travel, Trends,
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