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Sweet treats in The Living Room

“I feel the end approaching. Quick, bring me my dessert, coffee and liqueur.” – Make that last one bubbly for us!
Did you know our small plate sharing menu in The Living Room has a host of delicious sweet treats too? That you can enjoy anywhere, from on the outside terrace to the bar, or overlooking the garden.
Stick your spoon into:
Sticky bun ice cream
Granadilla brûlée, coconut sorbet
Chocolate & pear tartlet, hazelnut  custard
Strawberry cheesecake verrine

“I feel the end approaching. Quick, bring me my dessert, coffee and liqueur.” – Make that last one bubbly for us!

Did you know our small plate sharing menu in The Living Room has a host of delicious sweet treats too? You can enjoy your dessert anywhere, from the outside terrace to the bar, or even overlooking the garden.

dessert

Stick your spoon into:
Sticky bun ice cream
Granadilla brûlée, coconut sorbet
Chocolate & pear tartlet, hazelnut  custard
Strawberry cheesecake verrine

So, next time you’re in Franschhoek, let us show you how sweet we can be.
Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, The Living Room,
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Spring it’s a G&T thing!

Our Tanqueray G&T special in The Living Room has proved to be so popular; we’re going to run it in October too!
Perfect for a catch up with a friend, a fun business date, or even some quiet couple time. Our spring special includes: a Grazing Board served with two G&Ts for R150.
The Grazing Board is a showcase of Neil Jewell’s chacuterie and sourdough as well as local cheese, along with our chef’s favourite bite of the day, which can be anything from bitterballen to terrine.
Now, we won’t pour you any ordinary G&T either. Served with clear, globe ice, we use premium Tanqueray Gin and Fitch & Leedes Tonic in specially crafted Tanqueray glasses.
Spring, it’s a G&T thing.

Our Tanqueray G&T special in The Living Room has proved to be so popular; we’re going to run it in October too!

G&T special

‘Perfect for a catch up with a friend, a fun business date, or even some quiet couple time. Our spring special includes: a Grazing Board served with two G&Ts for R150.’

grazing board

The Grazing Board is a showcase of Neil Jewell’s chacuterie and sourdough as well as local cheese, along with our chef’s favourite bite of the day, which can be anything from bitterballen to terrine.

gin 3

Now, we won’t pour you any ordinary G&T either. Served with clear, globe ice, we use premium Tanqueray Gin and Fitch & Leedes Tonic in specially crafted Tanqueray glasses.

Spring, it’s a G&T thing.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: The Living Room,
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West Coast oysters in The Living Room

The waters of Saldanha Bay are rich in nutrients, a fact demonstrated by the abundant sea life which includes; cormorants, seals, and penguins.

oysters

The reason for this is a term called ‘upwelling’ and it is when the Benguela current passes the Cape peninsula pushing off surface water and carrying it into the cold, deep waters of the bay. This creates nutrient rich plankton for the oysters to feed on, and it’s what gives the West Coast oysters their characteristic sweet flavour.

Come and try a plate of these beauties in The Living Room—with, of course, a bottle of Môreson bubbly.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Ingredients, The Living Room,
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The Sour Fig Caipirinha

We’ve taken Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha and have made it local! Margot Janse’s favourite cocktail from The Living Room, the Sour Fig Caipirinha is made with a unique South African ingredient that grows wild locally in Franschhoek. It’s the fruit of a succulent known as the suurvygie (sour fig) and gives the drink a delicious and unusual savoury-saltiness.
Margot uses this ingredient in a variety of ways in a number of dishes too.

We’ve taken Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha and have made it local! One of Margot Janse’s favourite cocktails from The Living Room, the Sour Fig Caipirinha is made with a unique South African ingredient that grows wild locally in Franschhoek.

It’s the fruit of a succulent known as the suurvygie (sour fig) and gives the drink a delicious and unusual savoury-saltiness. Margot uses this ingredient in a variety of ways in a number of dishes too.

The plant aka vygie in flower

The dried fruit of the plant

The dried fruit of the plant

cocktail

The Sour Fig Caipirinha

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Ingredients, The Living Room,
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September special in The Living Room

Spring has sprung! And to celebrate, we’re running a special in The Living Room throughout the month of September.

Perfect for a catch up with a friend, a fun business date, or even some quiet couple time. Our spring special includes: a Grazing Board served with two G&Ts for R150.

spring special

The Grazing Board is a showcase of Neil Jewell’s chacuterie and sourdough as well as local cheese, along with our chef’s favourite bite of the day, which can be anything from bitterballen to terrine.

Now, we won’t pour you any ordinary G&T either. Served with clear, globe ice, we use premium Tanqueray Gin and Fitch & Leedes Tonic in specially crafted Tanqueray glasses.

Spring, it’s a G&T thing.

P.s We schooled you on how to make the perfect G&T too.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, The Living Room,
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How to mix the perfect G&T

Good news folks, we’ve started using local brand, Fitch & Leedes’s  Indian Tonic and Soda Water in our bar.

We already use a local gin too from Inverroche Distillery in Stilbaai; come and try a perfectly mixed (locavore) G&T in The Living Room. Or, make it yourself at home using these tips:

fitch and leedes

How to mix the perfect G&T
Chill highballs in the freezer (nothing worse than a tepid G&T…)
When you’re ready for your G&T, remove glasses from the freezer and pack with ice, two fingers from the rim (the more ice there is, the less it will melt and dilute the flavours of the drink).
Add two shots of local, Inverroche Gin
Run a lemon or lime around the rim of the glass, give a gentle squeeze and drop it in
Serve Fitch & Leedes  Indian Tonic on the side,  so the drinker can be in control of the drink

Enjoy!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bar, Ingredients, The Living Room,
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Ardmore’s fabulous fabric

Ardmore Ceramics, famed for their unique hand-painted and hand-sculpted South African ceramic artworks, have joined the textile game.

The story goes that in 2011, Ardmore created the Qalakabusha sofa and they partnered with Mavromac in an on-going limited release of the sofa. (Mavromac is a trade showroom brand housing ‘superb selections of high end furnishing fabrics and wall coverings for sale to the interior design trade, specifiers, architects and contractors’.)

The collaboration of the original sofa opened the avenue for the two brands to continue working together for the Ardmore Fabric Journal.

Pay us a visit in The Living Room—and keep an eye out for our special lampshade made with fabric from the range, entitled ‘Wonderboy Wisdom’. Isn’t it beautiful?

ardmore fabric

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Art, Le Quartier Français, The Living Room,
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The science of serviettes

“I like the fact we’re not square,” says Susan Huxter while culinary manager, Eleanor Kerwan measures a bolt of fabric strung across her lap.
Susan and Eleanor are deciding on new fabric for the serviettes in The Living Room. And while it may not be an exciting new dish or cocktail, getting the small details just right it is what makes an experience for a guest holistically enjoyable.
“Nobody has a square lap,” says Susan matter-of-fact. And of course, she’s right. That’s why our serviettes are oblong, allowing for a graceful silhouette. Who needs to wear a tent while sampling our small plate menu?
There you have it folks, the science of serviettes

“I like the fact we’re not square,” says Susan Huxter while culinary manager, Eleanor Kerwan measures a bolt of fabric strung across her lap.

napkin

Susan and Eleanor are deciding on new fabric for the serviettes in The Living Room. And while it may not be an exciting new dish or cocktail, getting the small details just right it is what makes an experience for a guest holistically enjoyable.

napkin

“Nobody has a square lap,” says Susan matter-of-fact. And of course, she’s right. That’s why our serviettes are oblong, allowing for a graceful silhouette. Who needs to wear a tent while sampling our small plate menu?

There you have it folks, the science of serviettes.

Posted by: Le Quartier Français
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The Living Room

We’ve now made it even easier for you to live like a local at LQF. The Garden Room and Lounge Bar have been redesigned to become one gorgeous space with three separate sections known now as ‘The Living Room’. This includes a bar, a side lounge and a space with tables overlooking the manicured garden. Margot Janse’s small plate menu is available throughout. We’re now taking bookings for the entire venue, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and for your guests to enjoy a cocktail while taking in the Franschhoek lifestyle.
All our pathways got a beautiful new facelift too, plus B.gorgeous has a new view, that of our terraced vegetable garden.

We’ve now made it even easier for you to live like a local at LQF. The Garden Room and Lounge Bar have been redesigned to become one gorgeous space with three separate sections known now as ‘The Living Room’.

garden room

This includes a bar, a side lounge and a space with tables overlooking the manicured garden. Margot Janse’s small plate menu is available throughout.

side lounge

We’re now taking bookings for the entire venue, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and for your guests to enjoy a cocktail while taking in the Franschhoek lifestyle.

bar

All our pathways got a beautiful facelift too, plus B.gorgeous has a new view, that of our boxed vegetable garden!

The Living Room

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