Archive for February, 2011

Traincation

Friday, February 18th, 2011

If you’re looking to relax, and avoid the frustration of air travel, we suggest booking yourself a Traincation (vacation on a train).

Who needs never-ending check-in queues, surly security and chicken or beef when you can get from point A to point B in the lap of luxury?

The Rise of Riesling

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Trivia: Riesling has been cultivated, in Germany, since the 1400’s.

I have discovered Riesling!

If you’ve never experience this varietal you can expect wines that range from bone-dry and crisp quaffers to complex, oily nectars made from the late harvest Botrytis-affected, shrivelled Riesling berries.

I recently had the opportunity to enjoy some really delicious German (Mosel) Rieslings, with friends, and my top international finds include:

The 2004 Wolfer Goldgrube, the Riesling Spatlese 2008 Wolfer Goldgrube, the Riesling Kabinett 2009, the Scharzhof Riesling 2007 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch and the Riesling Spatlese.

I so enjoyed my introduction to Riesling that I went in search of a great local version of this wine. What I stumbled upon was the Jordan Riesling 2009 – 100% Riesling harvested from 23 year old, unirrigated vines.

The Jordan Riesling 2009 is an off dry wine with an intense lemon and lime flavour and crisp fruitiness. It is subtle, light and thin on the palate with hints of spiciness. This is such an intriguing wine and I can’t wait to start combining it with food to experience the full spectrum of what it has to offer.

If you’re looking for something new to add to your wine collection try a Riesling

Have you met Eleanor?

Monday, February 14th, 2011

In every establishment there is at least one person you have to know. The person who can make the impossible possible, the fairy godmother.

At Le Quartier Français this person is Eleanor. Without her our restaurant front of house would not, no could not function. So Eleanor is not just important she is vital!

Eleanor took some time out of her frantic schedule to give us a little insight into herself and her views of LQF -

Eleanor’s philosophy:

Balance. You can’t go wrong with moderation.

The Le Quartier Français Gem, according to Eleanor:

The staff.

Favourite dish, ever, at Le Quartier Français:

The Lamb Burger.

Next time you need that last minute miracle-table, or that impossible to find bottle of wine, ask for Eleanor. She’s made a profession out of making the impossible possible.

Mrs. Ndaba Programme Thank You

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The Mrs. Ndaba Friday’s concept has proved so popular that we now supply healthy meals, to over 70 children, in three different preschools five days a week.

This project is entirely funded by the generous donations of our guests, and other friends of Le Quartier Français. The food is all prepared by the Le Quartier Français team so every penny donated is spent on the children.

Liwa Lethu, one of the three local crèches we now support through our Mrs. Ndaba initiative, sent us – and by us we mean some of our guests and other generous donors – this thank you letter. We’d thought we’d share it here so everyone who has been involved can see how much of a difference they’re making.

Un-Valentine’s Day Feast

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Tired of not being able to eat out on the 14th of February because you’re not part of a couple? Are you sick of over-priced red roses, tasteless heart-shaped confectionery and Chris de Burgh?


Well then you should join us for our Un-Valentine’s Day Feast at Bread & Wine! On the 14th of February Neil Jewell will be preparing a sensational three course dinner and there is only one unbreakable rule … absolutely no tables of two. In fact, to ensure strict enforcement of said unbreakable rule, everyone will be seated at one long and very social table. Don’t worry about feeling awkward there will be more than enough personality-reviving wine on offer from the Môreson. Who knows you might get to sit next to a real looker?

The dinner costs R250 per person (payable in advance) and includes a glass of Miss Molly Bubbly on arrival. There are only 20 places available so if you’re interested you really should book ASAP.

For more information, or to reserve your space at the UnValentine’s Day Feast, call Tina on (021)876 3692 or email her breadandwine@moreson.co.za.

Hot Picks this February

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Our hot picks for February, in The Common Room, are in. If you find yourself in need of a tasty pick-me-up why not try one of the following amazing dishes:

Oysters – served in 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, 4’s and plenties. Each comes dressed up to the nines. Yum!

Mini salmon cakes / rough tartar sauce need we say more?

Risotto / wild mushrooms / peas / buffalo labneas Roald Dahl would say they are scrumdiddlyumptious

Parma ham & cheese bitterballen / pommery mustarddefinitely our idea of food heaven.

Hand cut chipsbecause the best chips are always cut by hand.

Buffalo mozzarella / yellow pear tomato / radish / pea shoot saladin the Common Room healthy certainly doesn’t mean boring.

Summer berries / lemongrass sabayonlight and tasty. A perfect way to end a meal in this incredible summer heat.

P.S. If you haven’t yet voted, and joined the Le Quartier Français T & L cheer team, you can click through right here.