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We are dining at Noma tonight

Tonight the owner and I will be dining at Noma (number 1 in the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2010 awards).

Super excited!

Posted by: Margot Janse
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Literary Festival Reminder

Only two weeks left until the 2010 Franschhoek Literary Festival kicks off.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the authors who are attending you’ll find the FLF 2010 programme here.

If you are planning on coming to the 2010 Literary Festival why not book into Le Quartier Français and make use of our excellent Literary Festival package. We’ve packed it full of extra goodies, including a selection of books from the authors who will be staying with us over the literary festival.

For more information, or to book, call us on (021) 876 2151 or email us at res@lqf.co.za.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Festival, Franschhoek, Hotel, Le Quartier, Le Quartier Français,
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Awards Conundrum

On the 26th of April 2010 we found out that we placed 31st in the S.Pelligrino World Top 50. This year is the sixth consecutive, and seventh year overall, that we’ve been included in the World Top 50 Restaurants. It’s always a huge honour but awards, in the hospitality and food industry, are a double-edged sword.

On the positive side it’s fantastic recognition and, in the eyes of the guest, it places you on another level. Plus who doesn’t enjoy awards? It makes you feel important and noticed. It makes you feel that – on some level – what you’re doing is worth it. Which is a little ridiculous because if you really think about it, if you really love what you do (and at Le Quartier Français we love what we do), it doesn’t matter whether you win an award or not. If you’re passionate you shouldn’t need to be recognised, your passion should be enough. But somehow, even keeping the whole passion argument in mind, it does matter. Being recognised is important but being recognised also makes it incredibly difficult to manage guests’ expectations.

When you’ve been considered a Top 50 restaurant for six consecutive years, like we have, some people expect an experience that is impossible to deliver. In fact if we weren’t in the industry we’d also have unrealistic expectations about some of the award winning restaurants.

Mind you we’re not complaining, we’re just saying that while we wait every year – with bated breathe – to find out if and where in the Top 50 we have placed we hope we did both better and worse than the previous year. Because better would be mean keeping the dragon off our back, for another 365 days, and worse would mean the ability to exceed more of our guests’ expectations.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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World Top 50 Announcement

This year has seen the Tasting Room place 31 overall (6 places higher than last year’s 37th place). In fact Margot was the only female chef to achieve a place in the 2010 World Top 50.

We’ve once again found ourselves in fine local company with La Colombe, another South African restaurant, appearing at number 12 in the top 50 rankings. They also clinched the title of 2010 Best Restaurant in Africa and the Middle East. Congratulations La Colombe!

This year marks six consecutive years in the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants rankings and, for us, this is phenomenal and in many ways unbelievable. Every year global food and fine-dining standards improve exponentially and the competition, this year, was incredibly stiff. We consider it a huge honour to have once again been included. It is also fantastic that another South African restaurant has again – along with us – been recognized and it reinforces our belief that South Africa, as a food destination, continues to impress on the global culinary stage.

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Touches and Tastes Going Going Gone Sale!

Touches and Tastes – at Le Quartier Français – will be having a clearance sale starting on Friday the 23rd of April 2010 and continuing until Friday the 30th of April 2010. Everything on sale is priced to go so if you’re looking for jewelry, crockery, cutlery, clothing, books or other cool bits and pieces pop in and stock up!

The Touches and Tastes Going Going Gone sale is going to be incredibly busy, items are limited and – as we’ve already mentioned – priced so well they’re going to disappear in a flash. With this in mind we know that people, who want to get their hands of the best merchandise at the lowest prices, might be tempted to camp outside the store … and for the record we are totally OK with this!

In fact we are so OK with this that we will be delivering sticky buns and coffee to all the dedicated sale early birds, outside Touches and Tastes, before the official sale starts. Being up at the crack of dawn has never been so appealing!

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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Mrs Ndaba Video

We recently had a group of children take part in the Mrs. Ndaba Fridays Programme. It was so cute that we couldn’t resist putting together this video.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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New Culinary Concierge Programme

We’ve added a new programme to the Le Quartier Français Culinary Concierge offering. The Back to Basics Programme is a a true artisanal experience; where participants will discover how to turn dough into bread, cream into butter and milk into cheese.

Image courtesy of Farlane (http://www.flickr.com/photos/farlane/307745952/)


Take part and spend time going back-to-basics in the owner’s kitchen. Learn how to use a natural starter to bake sourdough bread in a wood burning oven; discover the therapeutic nature of churning butter from farm cream and explore the art of making a selection of fresh cheeses.

For more information visit our website. To book call us on 021 8762151 or email our culinary concierge Annamarie – culinary@lqf.co.za.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Culinary Concierge, Experience,
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2010 Le Quartier Français Literary Festival Package

Stay at Le Quartier Français – over the 2010 Franschhoek Literary Festival weekend – for just R1300 per person per night* and we’ll include the following:

  1. Two books**, per guest, written by the brilliant authors staying at Le Quartier Français
  2. A bottle of delicious Miss Molly In My Bed Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2008**
  3. A selection of Le Quartier Français chocolates
  4. A half-an-hour hand massage (you’ll need to reserve a time when you check-in)
  5. The best breakfast in town (just a warning … our sticky buns are highly addictive)
  6. R50,00 Le Quartier Français vouchers – per person – to spend in The Tasting Room, iCi, Bread & Wine, The Treatment Room or in our private Screening Room
  7. The chance to bump into your favorite author without having to resort to stalking.

*Offer valid for Friday the 14th of May 2010, Saturday the 15th of May 2010 and Sunday the 16th of May 2010. Subject to availability. Terms and Conditions apply.
**Books are gifted on a lucky dip basis and a selection of these books have been autographed by the author
***One bottle of Miss Molly per person.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Festival, Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français,
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Mrs Ndaba Update


When we introduced Ndaba Fridays (at the end of 2009) we hoped that, by the end of 2010, would be able to feed the 68 Mrs. Ndaba toddlers every day of week.

We began this initiative with just our Mrs. Ndaba Fridays Culinary Concierge Programme.

Through this programme, interested Le Quartier Français guests are given the opportunity to bake and deliver nutritious muffins to the toddlers every Friday.

On the very first day of the Mrs Ndaba Fridays Programme, one of our guests – Mr Tuesday – liked the concept so much that he decided to sponsor food for a year of Mrs. Ndaba Tuesdays.

A little later on Meneer Wednesday, who hasn’t yet stayed at Le Quartier Français, decided that he too wanted to sponsor a years worth of Mrs. Ndaba days.  So Mrs Ndaba Wednesdays was introduced!

Then along came Mr and Mrs Thursday, Mr and Mr Monday and (most recently) Mr and Mrs Friday. Suddenly, in far less time than we originally anticipated, we have secured five days a week worth of meals for Mrs. Ndaba’s 68 toddlers.

The Ndaba Fridays Programme has proven to be awe-inspiring. It has been amazing and humbling to witness, first hand, how many good and generous people there are in world who are all looking for sustainable ways to change the lives of those in need.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Culinary Concierge, Franschhoek, Mrs Ndaba,
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BaaFana Burger

We are delighted to announce that Lamb Burger’s soccer mad nephew is in town!

BaaFana Burger arrived, in South Africa, last Friday. He’s a very busy chap but he has promised us that every Friday from now, until the end of the 2010 World Cup, he will make an appearance.

This means that every Friday – until the end of World Cup – you can enjoy a BaaFana Burger, chips, a glass of Miss Molly wine and the free Friday night movie in our Screening Room! All this fun and delicious food for just R120 per person.

We only have 30, yes that’s right ONLY 30, BaaFana Burgers available each Friday so – if you’d like to sink your teeth into Lamb Burger’s delicious nephew – you need to book fast.

To view the Le Quartier Français Screening Room movie schedule click here.

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