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We’re number 53!

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français ranks 53 in San Pellegrino World’s Top 100 Restaurants
At a prestigious awards ceremony in London last night The Tasting Room moved up the gourmet ladder from 57 to 53 on San Pellegrino World’s Top 100 Restaurants. Only one of two African restaurants on the list (Cape Town’s The Test Kitchen came in at position 61) makes this a remarkable achievement.
No stranger to international recognition this will be Chef Margot Janse’s ninth year on the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The incomparable chef has also been crowned Chef of the Year at the 2012 Eat Out Awards, and has made it into the Eat Out Top 10 an unprecedented 11 times. She’s also been a Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef since 2008.
At The Tasting Room – in a break from the habitual – there is no menu. Expect the unexpected with the surprise tasting menu, each course is unveiled with the spirit of true African story-telling—through texture, aroma and nostalgia; and the continent’s timeless ingredients are made new on the plate for utter food theatre. Margot is continuously inspired by the people and produce around her, and this vision shines through as a vibrant tribute.
We’re enormously proud of Margot and the Tasting Room’s dedicated team.

The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français ranks 53 in San Pellegrino World’s Top 100 Restaurants!

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At a prestigious awards ceremony in London last night The Tasting Room moved up the gourmet ladder from 57 to 53 on San Pellegrino World’s Top 100 Restaurants. Only one of two African restaurants on the list (Cape Town’s The Test Kitchen came in at position 61) makes this a remarkable achievement.

No stranger to international recognition this will be Chef Margot Janse’s 10th year on the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The incomparable chef has also been crowned Chef of the Year at the 2012 Eat Out Awards, and has made it into the Eat Out Top 10 an unprecedented 11 times. She’s also been a Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef since 2008.

At The Tasting Room – in a break from the habitual – there is no menu. Expect the unexpected with the surprise tasting menu, each course is unveiled with the spirit of true African story-telling—through texture, aroma and nostalgia; and the continent’s timeless ingredients are made new on the plate for utter food theatre. Margot is continuously inspired by the people and produce around her, and this vision shines through as a vibrant tribute.

We’re enormously proud of Margot and the Tasting Room’s dedicated team.

Fine Dining Lover, the official coverage for the awards, did this interview with Margot in the run-up.

Mobile apps to enhance ‘food porn’

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
It used to be that apps were appetisers in the restaurant game, these days the term is also applied to mobile food photography apps diners use to share their ‘food porn’. Instagram and Hipstamatic are not the only food friendly devices out there, the folks over at FineDiningLovers.com did an interesting article on the best apps to use for this purpose. Here’s our top three.
Filterstorm
Photoshop for an iPhone this app is the whole deal it features even more tools than Adobe’s PS Express. ‘Use it to simulate a narrow depth of field which can make a photo of a plated meal look more appealing, use it as your preferred colour balance app, or even crop if you didn’t get the most pleasing composition to begin with.’
Incredibooth
Use this app to make a photostrip, and tell a story about your food experience.
Over
This one’s for the real foodie, add text to your images, in the forms of notes, details, epiphanies, a great way to record big food moments.

It used to be that apps were appetisers in the restaurant game, these days the term is also applied to mobile food photography apps diners use to share their ‘food porn’. Instagram and Hipstamatic are not the only food friendly devices out there, the folks over at FineDiningLovers.com did an interesting article on the best apps to use for this purpose. Here’s our top three.

Filterstorm
Basically Photoshop for an iPhone this app is the whole deal, it features even more tools than Adobe’s PS Express. ‘Use it to simulate a narrow depth of field which can make a photo of a plated meal look more appealing, use it as your preferred colour balance app, or even crop if you didn’t get the most pleasing composition to begin with.’

Incredibooth
Use this app to make a photostrip, and tell a story about your food experience.

Over
This one’s for the real foodie, add text to your images, in the forms of notes, details, epiphanies, it’s a great way to record big food moments.

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* Photo is from Vanity Fair’s food porn column - definitely worth a look!

Margot Janse is featured on Fine Dining Lovers

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Our belle of the kitchen and Eat Out’s Chef of the Year Margot Janse (& The Tasting Room) has been featured on www.finedininglovers.com with the video from the awards. The world renowned website by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna “explores the culture of taste and conviviality with gourmet articles, chef interviews, videos and photos. ”

See the video here.

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