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Le Quartier Français Packages – Book Now!

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!


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

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.

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New addition to Margot Janse’s KLM Business Class Menu

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.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Cuisine, Le Quartier Français, Margot Janse, Travel,
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Dining in Paris at Le Chateaubriand – the World’s 40th Best Restaurant

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.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Cuisine, Experience, Inspiration, Le Quartier Français, Travel, Trends,
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New Culinary Concierge Experience: An Introduction to Winemaking.

Perfect for those who want an unforgettable introduction to wine, or those who want to reinvigorate their love affair with the grape.

Spend time at Lynx wine farm – with Dieter Sellmeyer, Lynx proprietor and winemaker, and his assistant Inge Terblanche – learning about the various steps and stages involved in winemaking. End off this experience with a relaxed gourmet picnic lunch on the Lynx lawn*.


  • Morning spent at Lynx estate falling in love with wine.
  • An intimate cellar, tasting room and vineyards experience.
  • Magical wines accompanied by rolling-views of the Lynx vineyards.
  • A gourmet picnic designed by the Le Quartier Français chefs especially for you.

For more information, or to book, call us on (021)876 2151.

*Terms and Conditions apply.

Posted by: Linda Coltart
Posted in: Cuisine, Culinary Concierge, Experience, Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français,
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Le Quartier Français features in the Condé Nast 2010 Gold List

Le Quartier Français has been awarded the joint title of Best Hotels for Food in Africa, Middle East in the Condé Nast 2010 Gold List. Our very popular culinary offering, consisting of The Tasting Room and iCi, was singled out for its “X-factor“.

Image Courtesy of  Doug88888 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/doug88888)

Image Courtesy of Doug88888 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/doug88888)

The Condé Nast Gold List is the Condé Nast guide to their selection of the world’s greatest hotels as chosen by the magazine’s editors and travel experts. The hotels selected receive a gold award in a given category. The categories, for the 2010 Condé Nast Gold List are: service, location, food, rooms, leisure facilities, ambience and design.

There were two other exceptional hotels that shared the Best Hotels for Food in Africa, Middle East with Le Quartier Français – these were Bushmans Kloof, for their excellent culinary offering; and Maia (in the Seychelles) for their chef-rich approach.

Everyone here feels very priviledged to be in such spectacular local and international company! Congratulations to all the other hotels that were included in the 2010 Condé Nast Gold List.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Awards, Cuisine, Franschhoek Restaurant, Margot Janse, The Tasting Room, iCi,
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Franschhoek Mountain Bike Challenge

Franschhoek plays host to the Franschhoek Lions/Porcupine Ridge MTB (mountain bike) Challenge this Saturday (the 16th of January 2010). There are two routes, a 25km and a 40km, and for those that don’t mountain bike there are some wonderful hikes and less strenuous walks on offer.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to sample our wonderful Le Quartier Français breakfasts this would be the perfect opportunity. There really is nothing quite like indulging in a delectable breakfast, complete with decadent sticky buns, to make it feel like a real weekend.

Breakfast, at Le Quartier Français, is served between 07h30 and 10h30 Monday to Sunday.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Cuisine, Food, Franschhoek, Franschhoek Restaurant, Le Quartier Français,
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Môreson Blessing of the Harvest 2010

It’s almost harvest time in Franschhoek which means that it’s nearly time for the Môreson Blessing of the Harvest. This year it takes place on Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th of February and it costs R300 per person.

For those that haven’t had the chance to attend a Môreson Blessing of the Harvest it’s Môreson’s annual celebration of winemaking, one where every participant get the opportunity to make wine the old-fashioned way.

Come dance with me

At Môreson’s Blessing of the Harvest you handpick your own basket of grapes and then press them using the oldest tools in the winemaking business – your feet. A relaxed lunch at the award-winning Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant and a highly competitive label design competition follow the harvesting and grape-stomping activities. The grapes you pick and stomp are then matured, into wine, by Môreson and available for collection later in the year.

We can’t wait for the 2010 Môreson Blessing of the Harvest and if last year is anything to go by it’s going to be serious fun! For more information, or to book, please contact Tina on – 021 876 3692 – or email her – breadandwine [at] moreson [dot] co [dot] za.

Imagine … by this time next year you could be drinking a bottle of wine you made. Now that is an exciting thought!

[For pictures of the 2009 Môreson Blessing of the Harvest click here].

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Le Quartier Français 2009 Review

It’s been a busy and eventful year at Le Quartier Français.

Our restaurants have continued to do exceptionally well, with The Tasting Room placing 37 in the World Top 50 and Bread & Wine placing in the Eat Out Top 20. Margot has once again showcased her acclaimed cuisine in countries around the world and last month saw the launch of her KLM Business Class menu – which will be served for the next 10 months in KLM Business Class on all flights leaving Amsterdam.

During the course of this year the Le Quartier Français Auberge received a facelift and we added the Grande Rooms and the Petite Garden Suites to our renowned accommodation. We now offer Le Quartier Français guests the Four Quarters Suites, Auberge Suites, Grande Rooms, Petite Garden Suites and Auberge Rooms. The Tasting Room was also redecorated by well-known Dutch set designer, and Margot’s brother, Herbert Janse.

2009 also saw the release of our Culinary Concierge Concept and Programme, which includes the Mrs Ndaba initiative, and we’re proud to say that it has been met with excellent reviews. We’re also proud to say that through our Culinary Concierge Programme our guests, and Mr Tuesday, are making a significant difference in the lives of 67 toddlers.

2009 hasn’t been an easy year for anyone but it has been incredibly rewarding. Enjoy the last few days of your 2009.


2009 Le Quartier Français Magic of Bubbles special

On Friday the 4th of December 2009 check into Le Quartier Français, for R1250 per person*. This price includes a Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ticket and your first delectable Mlle Lamb Burger.

To book please email us – res@lqf.co.za

We look forward to seeing you next weekend for some serious bubbly fun!

*Bed and breakfast included. Terms and conditions apply.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Cuisine, Festival, Food, Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français, Wine,
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