Archive for May, 2014

Scenes from The Tasting Room

Friday, May 30th, 2014

In world-renowned restaurant, The Tasting Room diners are treated to utter food theatre. It comes as no surprise that behind the swinging doors of the kitchen a creative team of chefs, led by Margot Janse, are constantly experimenting with new dishes, techniques and ingredients.

We took a quick look; and this is some of what we saw…

the tasting room

tasting room 5

tasting room 3

tasting room 2

tasting room 4

Cook Franschhoek 2014

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Bread & Wine’s theme this year is Snout to Tail: and Chef Neil Jewell has planned a rather cheeky demonstration. The local legend will be making pigs’ cheek bacon; pulled springbok cheek, bone marrow & brioche as well as salmon cheek oysters.
Participating guests will enjoy this sumptuous spread with the equally delectable Môreson Chardonnay.
Taking place on the Sunday, this is a once off demonstration—with limited space—tickets can be booked at www.webtickets.co.za.

It’s that time of year again folks; the annual Cook Franschhoek is set to take place on 13 to 15 June: a weekend of interactive and exclusive hands-on demo kitchens and culinary experiences.

Neil Jewell at his most recent charcuterie course at Bread & Wine

Neil Jewell carving away at his most recent charcuterie course at Bread & Wine

Bread & Wine’s theme this year is Snout to Tail: and Chef Neil Jewell has planned a rather cheeky demonstration. The local legend will be making pigs’ cheek bacon; pulled springbok cheek, bone marrow & brioche as well as salmon cheek oysters.

Participating guests will enjoy this sumptuous spread with the equally delectable Môreson Chardonnay.

Taking place on the Sunday, this is a once off demonstration—with limited space—tickets can be booked at www.webtickets.co.za.

Sharpen your knives…

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Yesterday was Day One of Neil Jewell’s two-day charcuterie course.

Neil Jewell

The participants gathered in the Farm Grocer and learn how to break down a pig.

The participants gathered in the Farm Grocer and learnt how to break down a pig.

Neil introduces and discusses the nuances of dry curing, brining and more

Neil introduced and discussed the nuances of dry curing, brining and more

Time to tuck into a delicious lunch as well as a tasting of award-winning wines from Môreson

Time to tuck into a delicious lunch as well as a tasting of award-winning wines from Môreson

And tuck in they did! To start: hot smoked salmon, Jerusalem artichoke salad with a walnut dressing

And tuck in they did! To start: hot smoked salmon, Jerusalem artichoke salad with a walnut dressing

pork fillet with sauerkraut

Followed by... pork fillet with sauerkraut

Neil demonstrated how to create blood sausage, mortedella and saussison sec, with appropriate tastings

Neil demonstrated how to create blood sausage, mortedella and saussison sec, with appropriate tastings

charcuterie course

And for the practical: participants created their own fresh sausages.

Keen to discover the world of nose-to-tail eating? Join local legend, Neil Jewell on these dates:

12th & 13th June
7th & 8th August
18th & 19th  September
16th & 17th October

12th & 13th June
7th & 8th August
18th & 19th  September
16th & 17th October

It’s always tea time

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

“It’s always tea time.” said the Mad Hatter to Alice when she stumbled upon his tea-party in Wonderland. Well, dear friends at Le Quartier Français it’s always tea time too.

Lady Bonin Tea

Pull a chair up by the fire in our Lounge Bar and try one of our many Lady Bonin blends – indeed the ‘Purveyor of Magical Infusions’ has created a tea especially for us, ask for the LQF blend.

pastries

What’s tea-time without some treats? We have pastries galore, ready for the eating. And if you haven’t tried them yet, we highly recommend our famous sticky buns.

The Long Tea Table

In the mood for a more languid soirée? Then book our Long Tea Table for an incredible menu of canapés, pastries and savoury bites. Mad hats not included, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

Make tea, not war. ~Monty Python

Franschhoek Bastille Festival 2014

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Our annual festival of all things French is all grown up! Franschhoek Bastille Festival turns 21 this year!

Bastille Day Festival

Don your red, white and blue for the weekend of 12 and 13 of July. This is going to be one for the books: in celebration of the 21-year milestone, festival-goers will be treated to a performance by a troupe of 10 Seychelles dancers and musicians who will take part in the street parade as well as perform in the Food and Wine Marquee over the duration.

Keen for an island holiday? Then you had better start practising your dance moves. The dance troupe will be judging the Best Seychelles Dance by participating revellers.

The prize for the best performance is two return tickets to Seychelles, courtesy of Air Seychelles. The prize also includes six nights’ accommodation in the Seychelles, courtesy of Eden Island Development Company (Seychelles) Limited!

Amazing right? Not to mention all the great food, wine and activities on offer too.  Hop on over here for more info on the festival.

One of our many private and intimate suites

One of our many private and intimate suites

And why drive when you can sleep over? We have two fabulous accommodation offerings.

The Auberge offers nine en-suite Auberge Rooms, three Grande Rooms, three Petite Garden Suites and two deluxe Auberge Suites (with private pools), which open onto a rose-filled central courtyard and swimming pool. For the ultimate in luxury, there are four state-of-the-art suites, The Four Quarters, overlooking a private pool and sun-splashed deck. For those looking for a great location and an affordable, fun, no frills room try our delicious hotel next door . www.delicioushotels.com

Henry Rifle Martini

Tip: Make some time to visit our incredible destination offering. Enjoy breakfast or tapas in The Garden Room followed by a treatment in our beautiful day spa B.gorgeous. Then head to our exquisite Lounge Bar for fabulous craft cocktails and bar bites. Plus, indulge in a bit of culinary shopping at our Le Creuset pop-up shop!

Chef Philip Howard joins Chef Margot Janse in The Tasting Room

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Last night we welcomed Michelin-star Chef Philip Howard, chef and co-owner of The Square in London, to The Tasting Room kitchen.

Our first ever guest Chef joined Chef Margot Janse to cook an incredible tasting menu for special guests of Exclusive Books, a culinary highlight of The Franschhoek Literary Festival.

And what a night it was!

From the entire Le Quartier Français family, thank you Chef, it was an honour to have you!

*We took a few instagram snaps of the night below

Philip Howard Menu

Philip Howard prepping

Margot, Shelwyn & Neil

Service!

Beetroot and biltong jelly

canapes

Locals wines

monkfish

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African Soul at Is Art

Monday, May 12th, 2014

You’re invited to an incredible black and white photography exhibition entitled ‘African Soul’ by Anthony Lucas on 18 May 2014. Plus the exhibition will be opened by our very own Susan Huxter! See the invite below as well as some examples of the work.

African Soul invite

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Intrigued? We’ll see you there.


Recipe: Egg Custard Tart

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Want to make mom smile this Mother’s Day? Well of course you do. The folks at Bread & Wine have decided to help you in the smile department with this easy-to-make yet delicious dessert, with free range eggs supplied by good friend Farmer Angus.

Egg Custard Dessert

Sweet pastry

Ingredients
500 gram cake flour
250 gram butter
150 gram castor sugar
2 eggs

Method
Crumb butter, flour & sugar together, add eggs and mix till smooth. Cover in cling film and rest dough in fridge overnight. Roll out and line a 20cm tart ring, leaving a flap over the edge; rest for 20 minutes in the fridge. Then blind bake in a preheated oven at 150 C till golden brown, remove the beans and continue cooking till base is cooked. Remove from oven lightly egg wash base and return to oven for a few minutes to set.

Egg custard

Ingredients
10 egg yolks
450 ml double cream
100 gram castor sugar

Method
In a bowl combine egg yolks & sugar and mix till smooth with a whisk. Bring the cream to the boil, pour over egg & sugar mixture, mix well. Pass through a sieve and skim any foam from the top. Fill the prepared pastry case and cook at 100 C till custard is set with a slight wobble, approximately 30 minutes.

While still hot dust with ground nutmeg. Cool to room temperature before trimming the extra pastry edge and serving.

Serve with vanilla ice cream and poached fruit.

Companion Fare at The Tasting Room

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

We have some exciting news. Our culinary team have decided to offer our fabulous Companion Fare at The Tasting Room for a few nights before our approaching annual closure.

the tasting room

What is the Companion Fare?
Join us for dinner in the award-winning Tasting Room have your partner’s dinner on us. Indulge in the 8-course African inspired surprise menu and your partner’s dinner will be complimentary, excluding drinks. Pay R 850 for your dinner and your companion’s exact same dinner is on us* Gratis!’ (Gratuity not included)

To enquire about reservations and what dates are available please call +27 21 876 2151 or email: restaurant@lqf.co.za

room 16

Why drive when you can sleep over? Browse our rooms and suites here. Or for those looking for affordable, fun and no frills accommodation, take a look at Delicious Hotels.

Mother’s Day at Le Quartier Français

Monday, May 5th, 2014

“No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star.” — Edwin Hubbell Chapin

the garden room

Bring your star to Le Quartier Français on Mother’s Day, 12 May 2014, and treat her like the queen she is.

b.gorgeous exterior

Enjoy breakfast or tapas in The Garden Room followed by a treatment in our beautiful day spa B.gorgeous [enquire about our Long Tea Table for an inventively delicious high tea]. Then head to our exquisite Lounge Bar for fabulous craft cocktails and bar bites. Plus, take mom on a spur of the moment shopping spree in our Le Creuset pop-up shop!

Henry Rifle Martini and prawn popcorn

Fun, fabulous and all under one roof – bring mom to LQF for an amazing Mother’s Day experience!