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Local is Lekker Special – Taste the Tasting Room

Book for an evening in The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français from the 3rd till the 16th May 2010 and for just R350pp (excluding wine) we will surprise you with a unique menu designed by Margot Janse (and her team).

Taste the Tasting Room aims to give local diners the opportunity to taste the best of The Tasting Room and some of Margot’s all time favourite dishes.

This offer is subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

To booking call: 021-876 2151 Ext. 440 or email: restaurant@lqf.co.za

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Dining at Noma

Eating at Noma, only fours days after it was awarded the title of 2010 S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant was an incredible experience.

It is impossible to describe the dinner in a few words, but what I loved the most is that it was so true to itself. We tasted Nordic cuisine, herbs, pickled vegetables, berries and more. I chose to pair my meal with wines while Susan had hers with a juice pairing – incredible, especially the apple and pine shoots!

What stood out for me?

The raw chestnuts sliced at different thicknesses for texture, served with a fishroe sauce, rye crumbs and cress. The whole crayfish tail, just cooked, served on a rock from the beach with a cream of oyster, and powder of seaweed which had to be eaten without cutlery – fabulous! Then there was the dehydrated scallop with grains, watercress and seaweed/squid ink oil.

In fact every course, of our six hour long dinner, was amazing. From the six pre-dinner amuse – served with champagne – to the incredible 12 courses that followed.

My inspiration has been completely re-charged. I only wish Copenhagen was a little closer to Franschhoek…

Posted by: Margot Janse
Posted in: Cuisine, Experience, Food, Travel,
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Must Have Dishes at Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant

Neil Jewell, head chef at Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant and local Charcuterie King, has some new and exciting dishes on his delectable menu. Three of these managed to knock our taste bud’s socks off!

The duck trifle; the salad of watercress, rocket, porcini and shallot dressing and the chargrilled octopus, roast tomato risotto, chorizo chips are spellbinding.

If you’re thinking of popping out to the Franschhoek Valley please replenish and revive yourself over a long and absolutely delicious lunch lunch at Bread & Wine. Please remember it’s very popular so it’s advisable to book.

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Le Quartier Français and Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – 20 days and counting – and that means that it’s time to stock up on Pink bubbly, flowers, cards, chocolate and maybe an original gift or two.

Because nothing says I love you quite like beautiful linen from Mungo Design, a chair by REcreate or a space in the next Dessert Me cooking course.

Actually nothing says I love you like all of the above accompanied by lunch at Bread & Wine – if you’re into long lazy lunches and excellent Môreson wines; or iCi – if you want to experience Franschhoek, scrumptious dining and the best strawberry daiquiris South of the equator.



  

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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KLM Business Class Menu

Below is a copy of the menu I created for KLM Business Class. It is going to be running on all KLM flights leaving Amsterdam over the next 10 months.

If you happen to be flying KLM Business Class over the holiday (or in the next 10 months) please leave me a comment about the food, I’d love to hear back from you.

Margot Klm Menu

Posted by: Margot Janse
Posted in: Food, Margot Janse,
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Mademoiselle Lamb Burger – A Stellar Performance

Mademoiselle Lamb Burger – Lamb Burger’s lesser known but equally tasty niece – performed phenomenally at the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival. Over the course of the weekend we sold an impressive 750 Lamb Burgers.

If you had the opportunity to meet and eat Mademoiselle Lamb Burger we hope you enjoyed her!

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Festival, Food,
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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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Meet and Eat Mademoiselle Lamb Burger at the Franschhoek Champage Festival

Mademoiselle Lamb Burger, the very tasty niece of Lamb Burger (may he rest in peace), will be attending this years Franschhoek Champagne Festival. She’s not quite as big as Lamb Burger but she’s just as delicious.

Mademoiselle Lamb Burger generally doesn’t do public appearances. In fact the 2009 Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival is her first and for that reason those attending should consider themselves very lucky!

If you’d like to meet and eat Mademoiselle Lamb Burger you will find her at the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival Le Quartier Français stand on Friday the 4th, Saturday the 5th and Sunday 6th of December.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Cuisine, Festival, Food, Wine,
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Peninsula School Feeding Association

Reuben and I recently spent time sharing some of our our cooking know-how, with the Peninsula School Feeding Association, when we prepared a nutritious and cost-effective meal for 1500 of the students they support.

<i>Image Courtesy of Bettina N (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bframe/)</i>

Image Courtesy of Bettina N (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bframe/)

The Peninsula School Feeding Association is a fantastic Non-Profit Organisation that operates off the premise that – for a country to succeed – education is vital but, they quite rightly believe, that you can’t effectively teach a hungry child. So – to make a lasting difference to the effectiveness of education in the Western Cape – the Peninsula School Feeding Association provides nutritious and cost-light meals to hungry children in primary schools, high schools and and special-needs schools.

Posted by: Margot Janse
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