Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

Travel & Leisure’s World Best Awards 2015 – Voting!

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.

20 years! The time before our digital age was so encompassing. And fittingly, The 2015 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards survey will be conducted online from now until to March 2, 2015 at tlworldsbest.com.

Have you enjoyed the experience at Le Quartier Français? Then, please show your support by voting for us. Thank you in advance!

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The Tasting Room excels in the Eat Out Top Ten!

Monday, November 17th, 2014

We’re thrilled at the announcement that our world-renowned dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, came third overall in the 2014 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, and also won the Grolsch Service Excellence Award!

Dubbed the ‘Foodie Oscars’, the glittering gala was held on Sunday 16 November 2014 at Thunder City at the Cape Town International Airport.

“It’s fantastic!” says Executive Chef Margot Janse of the award. “I’m very grateful for the recognition and incredibly proud of my team. I work with amazing chefs, in the most inspiring of settings.”

“I am so proud!” says Susan Huxter, owner of Le Quartier Français. “Service is so important to us and this passionate team embodies the Le Quartier spirit in everything they do.”

The annual ceremony and resulting magazine, awards the country’s top restaurants and chefs, and is a celebration of the burgeoning restaurant industry in South Africa.

“The Tasting Room celebrated its tenth anniversary this year,” says Margot. “Plus, Gerald van der Walt [previously of The Greenhouse] has joined our team as Head Chef and together we are rethinking, playing, creating….”

This will be the thirteenth year; The Tasting Room has made it onto the Top 10, in the sixteen years that this award has existed.

“Great front-of-house skills are matched with bold personalities” says Judge, Abigail Donnelly, of the Grolsch Service award and “consistently genius food dazzles and thrills with a magical element of surprise” of The Tasting Room.

Judge Reuben Riffel remarked, “Margot Janse is at the top of her game & is clearly having a lot of fun.”

We are also so elated that our lunch time restaurant, Bread & Wine, was nominated for The Eat Out Top 10 and Head Chef Neil Jewell served up a scrumptious course of his award winning charcuterie for this star studded event.

Click here to see all the other winners – congratulations to you all!

The Tasting Room is featured in Black Ink: the Centurion Guide

Friday, November 7th, 2014

The Tasting Room has been ranked among the World’s Best Restaurants by Black Ink!

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See the write-up below

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Congratulations to all our fellow South African restaurants who were also featured!

Alongside the international editions of Departures and Centurion, American Express Publishing develops US focused counterparts for the North American market. Departures is a global showcase for leading luxury brands, spanning every relevant luxury segment, including Travel, Fashion, Art & Design, Food, Lifestyle Sport, Shopping and Wine & Spirits.  The notorious Black Card, and by extension Black Ink, is only available by invitation to the highest echelon of American Express cardholders. Each issue focuses on a single topic, such as the worlds best restaurants or holiday destinations and seeks to explore it in a way that is relevant and beneficial to the lifestyle of the discriminating, ultra-high-net-worth individual.

The Rossouw’s by Diners Club South African Restaurant Guide 2015

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

The Rossouw’s by Diners Club South African Restaurant Guide 2015 was launched yesterday at the Steyn City Golf Club in Johannesburg. 20 restaurants were awarded five-star status—and among them was Bread & Wine!

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Anna Trapido, food critic and editor of Rossouw’s by Diners Club South African Restaurant Guide 2015 said this:  “Bread and Wine is a glorious, gastronomic gem. Delicious and witty. Eco-epicurean yet never preachy. Old school and yet utterly modern. The food is deceptively simple. Great ancient techniques like the ones on offer at Bread and Wine take years to acquire. Understanding classic combinations and making them feel unique and personal is an art.”

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The guide gave top marks to – 13 restaurants in the Western Cape, six in Gauteng and one in KwaZulu-Natal.

JP Rossouw says ‘the guide that truly ‘tells it like it is’, as reviewers visit every restaurant anonymously and pay for the meal, for ultimate independence and integrity. We review restaurants according to their type – casual to casual, upmarket to upmarket – in order to be fair to the establishments. Achieving five stars in the guide is a real feat – only 20 awards have been given, out of more than 300 restaurants reviewed.”

Rossouw’s by Diners Club South African Restaurant Guide 2015 is available for R185 at select bookstores and retailers countrywide.

Condé Nast Traveller’s Best Hotels in Africa: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

More amazing travel news! We’ve been named as one of the Best Hotels in Africa: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014 by Condé Nast Traveller!

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Condé Nast Traveller wrote: “This “gem of a place with superb food” garners a perfect score for its location in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley. The privately owned auberge is “small and intimate, with beautiful secluded gardens.” “Book far, far in advance to indulge in the world-famous” South African-inspired menu at the Tasting Room. “Fine rooms” range from Four Quarter Suites set around a private courtyard, to Grande Rooms with heated bathroom floors, to Auberge Suites with walled gardens and private pools. “Superb staff couldn’t be more helpful.”

The Tasting Room won a 2014 Travelers’ Choice Award!

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Wonderful travel news! The Tasting Room has been awarded a 2014 Travelers’ Choice Award by Tripadvisor!

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The Tasting Room has been named on two lists: as one of the favourite fine dining experiences in South Africa as well as Africa.  Well done to the team!

Nominees: Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards for 2014

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

We are thrilled, proud and honoured that two restaurants of the Le Quartier Français family have been nominated for the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards for 2014!

Both The Tasting Room and Bread & Wine have both been shortlisted for the Top Ten restaurants in South Africa! The award ceremony takes places on 16 November 2014, in Thunder City, Cape Town. Grab tickets here.

A scene from last year's awards

A scene from last year's awards

That’s not all, Chef Neil Jewell of Bread & Wine is also cooking on the night, alongside  David Higgs of Five Hundred, George Jardine of Jordan Restaurant, PJ Vadas formerly of Camphors at Vergelegen, Bertus Basson of Overture, and Vanessa Marx of Dear Me.

We can’t wait for the night. Go team!

The American Express Fine Dining Awards 2014

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
Last night at The American Express Fine Dining Awards 2014 both The Tasting Room and Bread & Wine came home smiling.
‘In recent years, we have seen a re-definition of fine dining for modern times,’ said Victor Strugo.  Strugo is a ‘long-time restaurant critic for the Saturday Star and convenor of the American Express® judging panel since the inception of the awards 16 years ago’.
“Restaurateurs and diners are acknowledging that the cornerstones of excellence can – and indeed should – exist across a wide spectrum of styles, ethnicities and ambiences and not only in “classic” or “formal” establishments.’
The annual awards saw a number of records broken:
• the highest number of awards in a single year – 95 – up from 83 last year
• the highest number of new entrants receiving awards – 17 – in any single year since the inaugural awards of 1998
• 7 restaurants received their 10th Award and were added to the Roll of Honour
• the widest footprint to date: the awards now cover 7 of South Africa’s 9 provinces
Gerald van der Walt of The Tasting Room commented: “We’re thrilled with awards and it’s always good to catch up with all the chefs and industry people!”

Last night at The American Express Fine Dining Awards 2014; both The Tasting Room and Bread & Wine came home smiling.

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Eleanor & Gerald looking chuffed with their awards.

“The awards continue to reflect the country’s rising culinary spirit and serve as a catalyst in championing the enhancement of the fine dining industry and experience in South Africa. As the exclusive issuer of American Express in South Africa, we are honoured to be associated with this initiative as it not only celebrates South African restaurateurs but also promotes fine dining,” said Pamela White: Head: Corporate Card Services at Nedbank.

“The 2015 list of restaurants has stabilised considerably after the restaurant industry saw a lot of movement within the top echelon of restaurants in South Africa. This has persuaded us to revisit our judging criterion, which has been in place since inception.”

Gerald van der Walt, head chef of The Tasting Room commented: “We’re thrilled with awards and it’s always good to catch up with all the chefs and industry people!”

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The Tasting Room's awards: they were also recognised for having 'reached the prestigious milestone of their TENTH American Express® Platinum Fine Dining Award'

Bread & Wine's award

Bread & Wine's award

Bread & Wine’s Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor! Thank you to all our guests who reviewed us, the whole team at Le Quartier Français appreciates your feedback – and we hope to see you all again soon!
Want to drop us a review? Find us here on Tripadvisor.

Fantastic news! Bread & Wine – a proud member of the  Le Quartier Français  family – has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor! Thank you to all the guests who reviewed the restaurant, the whole team appreciates your feedback – and hope to see you all again soon for charcuterie and wine, wine, wine!

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Want to drop them a review? Find them here on Tripadvisor.

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Friday, July 11th, 2014

We’ve been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor! Thank you to all our guests who reviewed us, the whole team at Le Quartier Français appreciates your feedback – and we hope to see you all again soon!

Want to drop us a review? Find us here on Tripadvisor.

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