Archive for March, 2010

Last Day of Voting for the Travel & Leisure World’s Best Survey

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Remember today is the last you can vote for Le Quartier Français in the Travel & Leisure World’s Best Survey for 2010.

Vote and stand in line to win the Travel & Leisure Dream Holiday worth a not-to-be-sneezed-at $10,000.00.

The Franschhoek Literary Festival 2010

Friday, March 26th, 2010

The Fourth Edition of the annual Franschhoek Literary Festival will take place, in Franschhoek, from the morning of Friday the 14th of May 2010 till sunset on Sunday the 16th of May 2010.

This year they have once again secured an impressive line-up of international and local authors.

The Franschhoek Literary Festival is an amazing event, the darling of the South African Literary Calendar. If you haven’t attended before then you definitely should and if you have then you’ll already be thinking about booking your accommodation and literary festival tickets.

For more information visit the Franschhoek Literary Festival website. For detailed Franschhoek Literary Festival 2010 Programme information click here.

Don’t forget the 2010 Taste of Cape Town

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

If you’re in the Cape Town area today, tomorrow, Saturday or Sunday come visit our Le Quartier Français and Bread & Wine stand at the 2010 Taste of Cape Town.

For more information, directions etc click here.

Neil Jewell wins 2010 Global Pizza Challenge

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Neil Jewell – head chef and Charcuterie King at Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant on Môreson – has recently won the South African leg of the 2010 Global Pizza Challenge. This means that in May 2010 Neil will be heading off to Melbourne to represent South Africa in finals of the Global Pizza Challenge.

The pizza that clinched first place – and, according to insider information, it knocked the judges socks off – had a smoked flour base and was topped with aubergine, confit of Karoo lamb, sheeps’ feta, buchu and quince dressing.

This pizza has now been added to the Bread & Wine menu making it possible for anyone dining at Bread & Wine to try Neil’s award-winning pizza.

Le Quartier Français Packages – Book Now!

Friday, March 19th, 2010

2010 certainly began with a bang. It’s hard to believe that we’re already in the third month of the year. The Christmas and New Year break are now a distant memory, the Soccer World Cup is around the corner and the end of Summer is rapidly approaching.

At Le Quartier Français we know that it’s been three long months since your last real break and we think it’s time you recharged your soul on a mini-break. Pick from our selection of fantastic packages (the stay for 4 pay for 3 is always popular) and book yourself and a loved one, or friend, in for a night or four.

We suggest checking out Franschhoek during the lesser-known months of April and May, it really is spectacular over this time. It’s not too hot, the wind is minimal and it’s far less frantic than during January and February. Plus restaurant bookings are far easier to come by!

To view the various Le Quartier Français packages please visit our website. To book call us on +27218762151. See you soon!

Travel & Leisure 2010 World’s Best Survey

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

If you’ve been meaning to, but haven’t yet had the chance, please pop on over to the Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards to vote for Le Quartier Français. Voting closes at 11:59 ET on the 31st of March 2010, so there is still time.

If you’ve already voted but feel so strongly about us appearing in the World’s Best please feel free to vote again.

If you need a little motivation … Travel & Leisure are running their own competition that sees one lucky voter winning a dream trip worth $10 000,00. If that’s not enough incentive to vote I don’t know what is!

Remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter.

Le Quartier Français and Bread & Wine at the 2010 Taste of Cape Town

Monday, March 15th, 2010

It’s almost time for the 2010 Taste of Cape Town.

From Wednesday the 24th of March to Sunday the 28th of March there will be 19 top chefs, from some of the Cape’s best restaurants, serving up sample-sized dishes to Taste of Cape Town visitors.

Both Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant and Le Quartier Français are taking part and we’ve already decided on the dishes they will be showcasing.

Bread & Wine will be showcasing:

  • Bolognaise sausage, parsley puree, caponata
  • Duck trifle – duck jelly, liver parfait and roast pear.

While Le Quartier Franзais will be showcasing:

  • Braised lamb breast, white bean and buchu puree, apricot blatjang
  • Brie panna cotta, confit chicken, poached tomato and olive salad, basil and cucumber dressing.

*This year the Taste of Cape Town festival will be held at Rhodes High School, Montreal Avenue, Mowbray. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the Taste of Cape Town will run from 18:30 till 22:30; on Saturday it will 13:00 till 17:00 and again from 18:30 till 22:30; and on Sunday it will run from 12:00 till 17:00.

Tickets cost R80 pp for a standard entrance and R170 pp for a premium entrance.

If you need directions to the Taste of Cape Town click here.

New addition to Margot Janse’s KLM Business Class Menu

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Margot’s very popular Business Class KLM menu has been updated. If you’re a frequent KLM Business Class passenger you’ll definitely appreciate the new addition to the menu.

The new starter is a: Beech-smoked salmon offered with pickled fennel, crispy fried onions and dill
with a ginger and buttermilk flan.

If you’ve tried it please leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Dining in Paris at Le Chateaubriand – the World’s 40th Best Restaurant

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

While I was in Paris I ate at the world’s 40th best restaurant – Le Chateaubriand – located in the 11th Arrondisment.

It was intimate, there were no pictures on the wall, the tables were wooden and packed closely together. There was only one menu – 5 courses – and absolutely no choice!

The only way to maybe have something changed or removed from the dish was for allergy reasons (and even this wasn’t guaranteed). Simple dislike of a food type i.e. tomatoes did not warrant it being removed from the dish.

Le Chateuabriand - image courtesy of Meg Zimback (http://www.flickr.com/photos/megzimbeck)

Le Chateaubriand - image courtesy of Meg Zimback (http://www.flickr.com/photos/megzimbeck)


I didn’t think I’d enjoy the inflexible menu as much as I did. I loved the fact that I did not have to choose my meal! It was really easy – the food was all very enjoyable – and we had a great evening.

Diner-proof menus are something I’ve noticed are appearing in a number of the top restaurants world-wide. Are they a trend or are they here to stay?

My personal opinion is that they’ll be around for a while. The customers that visit the top restaurants in the world all lead exceptionally busy lives and, when you’re that busy, it’s nice to have a few hours where you’re not required to made decisions. Plus when the menu has been diner-proofed the emphasis is placed on enjoying spectacular dishes the way they were meant to be enjoyed.

Hotel Daniel in Paris

Monday, March 8th, 2010

While I was in Paris I stayed at the always excellent Hotel Daniel – a Relais & Châteaux property. Hotel Daniel is located just off the Champs Elysee which, if you’ve ever visited or are planning on visiting Paris, is a great position. Nice, central and authentically Parisian.

Whenever I visit the Hotel Daniel it feels like coming home! The wonderful host – Madame Cecile – is always there to make me, and any of her other guests, feel incredibly welcome.

If you’re planning on visiting Paris you simply have to stay at the Hotel Daniel.