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Only one more month of our 2011 Local is Lekker Special

It’s time to make the most of what’s left of winter. Our 2011 Local is Lekker special runs until the end of August 2011 and our rooms and suites are filling up rapidly. In case you haven’t yet heard you can stay at Le Quartier Français for just R950pp* sharing (this rate includes bed & breakfast) until the 31st of August 2011.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

But that’s not all each person will also get an additional R100 worth of Le Quartier Français Money to spend during their stay. Yip that’s R100 worth of cold-hard-Le-Quartier-Français cash you could spend in The Common RoomThe Tasting RoomThe Treatment or Screening Room and Bread & Wine.

Now that sounds great!

To book call 021-876 2151 or email: res@lqf.co.za

This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions** apply.

*Price includes 14% vat and excludes 1% tourism levy.

** Prepayment required when booking is made. Any amendments are subject to a surcharge and acknowledgement that the rate might not be available for new dates requested. The R100 Le Quartier Français Money – per person – can only be spent on extras, it cannot be used to pay for the room. No refunds.

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Keepsake Eats

In 2011 one of our favorite trends has to the eatsake: an edible keepsake that guests get to take home with them after their dining adventure.

The tastiest eatsake, that we’ve experienced thus far, is Margot Janse’s after-dinner take-home Tasting Room bonbons. They are so delicious that Margot now hides them from us so that we can’t have them for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even as a sometimes-snack.

Seriously, they are to-die-for.

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Spoil your Mum this Mother’s Day

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Hot Picks this February

Our hot picks for February, in The Common Room, are in. If you find yourself in need of a tasty pick-me-up why not try one of the following amazing dishes:

Oysters – served in 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, 4’s and plenties. Each comes dressed up to the nines. Yum!

Mini salmon cakes / rough tartar sauce need we say more?

Risotto / wild mushrooms / peas / buffalo labneas Roald Dahl would say they are scrumdiddlyumptious

Parma ham & cheese bitterballen / pommery mustarddefinitely our idea of food heaven.

Hand cut chipsbecause the best chips are always cut by hand.

Buffalo mozzarella / yellow pear tomato / radish / pea shoot saladin the Common Room healthy certainly doesn’t mean boring.

Summer berries / lemongrass sabayonlight and tasty. A perfect way to end a meal in this incredible summer heat.

P.S. If you haven’t yet voted, and joined the Le Quartier Français T & L cheer team, you can click through right here.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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What’s good on The Common Room menu?

Well obviously everything, on the Common Room menu, is delectable!

But even we have our favourite …

Why not pop in and try one or all of the following dishes-to-die-for:

  • Butter roasted Mozambican prawns / common sprinkle
  • Wild boar bitterballen / apple mustard
  • Little pan pizza / home made cheese / smoked tomato / basil


Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Food, Franschhoek Restaurant,
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Successful Peninsula School Feeding Association Dinner

The Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) dinner, hosted at Reuben’s Restaurant in Franschhoek, was a huge success with a total of 240 children finding sponsorship.

100 guests, who each paid R370, attended the dinner with a twist: a menu designed around the ingredients used in the dishes the children eat everyday. Ingredients used included: dehydrated vegetables, pilchards in tomato sauce, baked beans, samp, soya, lentils, cabbage, rice, jam and fruit.

The chefs’ – Margot Janse, Reuben Riffel, Neil Jewell and Darren Roberts – did an excellent job. With each managing to turn these seemingly normal ingredients into delectable fine dining cuisine.

Who knew dehydrated vegetables and pilchards in tomato sauce could look and taste so delicious?

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The Common Room opens at Le Quartier Français

Our new restaurant addition – The Common Room – offers diners a menu packed full of lip smacking delights designed to serve as snacks or the building blocks of a more substantial meal. Fish pops with chakalaka ketchup, bone marrow with salsa verde crust and chocolate and milk ice cream sandwich are just a few of the WOW-bites on offer.

The menu and The Common Room experience have been designed by Margot Janse to reflect her belief that “food is constantly evolving and everyday dining should have an element of nostalgia about it, evoking memories of the good times; and these good times don’t have to be a huge financial investment. In fact in The Common Room we’ve stuck to a heavy on the taste but light on the pocket approach.

Occupying the space previously used by iCi, Le Quartier Français’s, bistro-style restaurant, The Common Room is poised to become the local grazing ground; the perfect place to relax and linger with friends over a tasty dish or two.

Here guests can meet up for drinks and snacks or pop in, sans reservation, for a scrumptious breakfast, lunch or dinner. In a truly delightful twist The Common Room has a strict no reservations policy. This ensures that it is refreshingly first-come first-serve in its attitude towards grazing.

The Common Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is open from 07h30 till late, 7 days a week.

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Margot makes an appearance in the new Franschhoek video

There is a great new video, available below, that captures some of the magic of the Franschhoek experience. About a minute into the video it you’ll be able to watch our very own Margot Janse prepare one of her spectacular Tasting Room dishes. Excellent!

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And the winner of the Le Quartier Français Affair is …

Antoinette Watkins. Congratulations!

photo CC attribution: candiceharper on Flickr

The draw took place last Friday and Antoinette walked off with a night – for two – at Le Quartier Francais. Included in Antoinette’s 2010 Le Quartier Français Affair prize is a couples massage, R150 worth of Le Quartier Français of currency (per person) and an exceptional Le Quartier Français breakfast.

If you’re not Antoinette Watkins and you still want to feel like a winner why not try our R895 per person Local is Lekker special?


Neil’s Football Inspired Sausage Dishes

This is week two of Neil Jewell’s 2010 World Cup inspired sausage dishes. On offer – this week – is the following:

The English

  • Pork & oyster terrine, date puree & bacon chips

The Greek

  • Greek turi

The Spanish

  • Spanish omelette, poached egg & chorizo dressing

The French

  • Boudin blanc, confit duck hearts & apple

The Dutch

  • Frikandellen

The Chilean

  • Corn & beef sausage

All these dishes are available exclusively at Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant on Môreson Farm until Saturday the 26th of June 2010.

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