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The Elite 100 Restaurants 2014

We are extremely proud and honoured to be in the Elite 100 Restaurants 2014. The annual awards are sponsored by Laurent-Perrier and are announced in high-end glossy, Elite Traveler.

It’s wonderful that our South African restaurants are receiving such great recognition on the world stage, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Rust en Vrede and The Test Kitchen who are also on the list! We are in great company!

See the announcement below, or if you would like you can read the latest edition of Elite Traveler online.

Elite 100 Restaurants 2014

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The World’s Most Creative Chefs

Margot Janse has been named one of the ‘World’s Most Creative Chefs’ by for Air Private Jet magazine. We happen to agree! In this article our talented Executive Chef is in the company of greats, such as Massimo Bottura and Alex Atala. See the full article below.

Air Private Jet Magazine

Air Private Jet Magazine

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Inside The Tasting Room kitchen

The Tasting Room: the place where executive chef, Margot Janse, works her special kind of magic with her team of dedicated chefs. The domain of surprise.  of local flavour. of adventure. Have you ever wondered what it’s like inside the kitchen? Wonder no more.

We can’t show you the dishes in detail – because, well, they’re a surprise – but we can show you the beautiful kitchen, The Tasting Room’s culinary playground. To see what went into creating the kitchen, jump on over to this post.

Margot Janse plating

Margot Janse plating

Ain't it pretty?

Ain't she pretty?

Precision and imagination make for exciting plating

Precision and imagination make for exciting plating

Expediting

Expediting

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The Tasting Room garners a spot in Eat Out’s Top Ten

Le Quartier Francais is thrilled at the announcement that their world-renowned dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, came 9th overall in the annual South African Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards 2013. The Tasting Room is currently
ranked 51 on San Pellegrino’s World Best Restaurants.
Held at The Lookout in the V&A Waterfront on Sunday the 10th of November, roughly 500 people attended the gala evening to enjoy delicious food, brush shoulders with the who’s who in the foodie world, and hear the results of these prestigious awards. Margot Janse, Head Chef, and Eleanor Kerwin, F&B Manager attended.
In Margot’s acceptance speech, for which Eat Out called her “gracious“, she said “I am so proud. It’s a great honour to see so many of the chefs who have worked with me gaining their own awards.”
Anonymous judges have been dining in restaurants across the country in order to nominate 20 finalists, from which the Top 10 were chosen. This year, both Bread & Wine – Le Quartier Français’s lunch time restaurant situated on the family Wine Estate, Môreson – and world-renowned dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, were nominated. The Tasting Room has previously made it onto the Top 10 eleven times in the sixteen years that this award has existed, and Bread & Wine have been in the Top 10 twice. This is the third year that both restaurants have been nominated concurrently. The Tasting Room was also nominated for the Boschendal Style Award 2013.
Abigail Donnelly, Editor for Eat Out, says “Ultimately, however, it’s the food that counts. Taste is the emotional component of a dish, making it the most vital element. The scorecards show which restaurants excel in flavour and not just the fussy stuff. Many of our native ingredients have been celebrated, making them the future of South African food”.

We’re thrilled at the announcement that our world-renowned dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, came 9th overall in the annual South African Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards 2013.

The-Tasting-Room Eat Out 2013

Held at The Lookout in the V&A Waterfront on Sunday the 10th of November, roughly 500 people attended the gala evening to enjoy delicious food, brush shoulders with the who’s who in the foodie world, and hear the results of these prestigious awards. Margot Janse, Head Chef, and Eleanor Kerwin, F&B Manager attended.

In Margot’s acceptance speech, for which Eat Out called her “gracious“, she said “I am so proud. It’s a great honour to see so many of the chefs who have worked with me gaining their own awards.”

Anonymous judges have been dining in restaurants across the country in order to nominate 20 finalists, from which the Top 10 were chosen. This year, both Bread & Wine – Le Quartier Français’s lunch time restaurant situated on the family Wine Estate, Môreson – and world-renowned dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, were nominated. The Tasting Room has previously made it onto the Top 10 eleven times in the sixteen years that this award has existed, and Bread & Wine have been in the Top 10 twice. This is the third year that both restaurants have been nominated concurrently. The Tasting Room was also nominated for the Boschendal Style Award 2013.

Abigail Donnelly, Editor for Eat Out, says “Ultimately, however, it’s the food that counts. Taste is the emotional component of a dish, making it the most vital element. The scorecards show which restaurants excel in flavour and not just the fussy stuff. Many of our native ingredients have been celebrated, making them the future of South African food”.

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Margot and Neil dish on each other

Both of our restaurants have been nominated once again for The Eat Out Awards. This marks the second time both Bread & Wine and The Tasting Room have appeared on the Top 20 nomination list concurrently – but that’s not all, that year, 2007, both restaurants made it onto the Top 10 Restaurants too! The Tasting Room garnered the number one spot, and Bread & Wine came in at number four!

And, not only are both Margot Janse (The Tasting Room) and Neil Jewell (Bread & Wine) great chefs, but they’re also great friends.

Margot and Neil making bacon together for a story in Good Taste Magazine

Margot and Neil making bacon together for a story in Good Taste Magazine

How long have you been friends?
Neil: Before the grey hair, circa 1999. It was my first service at Bread & Wine, I had been in the country for about 4 days, and some guy comes walking into the kitchen: I’m looking at him, with a ‘who are you and what are you doing in my kitchen glare’. I greet him and he introduces himself as Richard Friedman which means nothing to me at the time (turns out he is Susan Huxter’s brother).

Margot, coming out of the walk-in fridge with a handful of ingredients, catches the exchange and proceeds to collapse laughing, dropping what she had in her hands, onto the floor.

Margot: I remember when Neil and Tina came for their interview. I showed him my very small walk-in fridge and Neil had a little flip out over all our beautiful fresh herbs. I couldn’t believe it, he came from London after all… But he was right! Our produce is and was then already bloody amazing.

Soon after we had one of our very famous chefs and winemaker get-togethers. And, Neil,  after many glasses of wine, wagged his finger and said he was determined to make everything he was going to serve at Bread & Wine himself.

I told him I would love to eat ‘lamb ham’, and so it all began!

Neil is best at…
Margot: PIG! Then being humble and staying enthusiastic.

Margot is best at…
Neil: Thinking on her feet, and being cool under pressure.

Margot’s favourite ingredient is…
Neil: It’s not cauliflower…

Neil’s favourite ingredient is…
Margot: Ummm, PIG?

Describe Margot as a chef in three words
Neil: Determined, gifted, curious

Describe Neil as a chef in three words
Margot: Honest, focused, wicked



  

The Tasting Room & Bread and Wine both nominated AGAIN for the 2013 Eat Out Awards

THE TASTING ROOM AND BREAD&WINE BOTH NOMINATED FOR THE 2013 EAT OUT DSTV FOOD NETWORK RESTAURANT
AWARDS
Eat Out is known as South Africa’s best guide to South Africa’s best food. Additionally they are a directory portal for
restaurants, markets and recipe information and specials. This year marks the 16th
Restaurant Awards.
Anonymous judges have been dining in restaurants across the country in order to nominate 20 finalists. Le Quartier Français’s
lunch time restaurant Bread&Wine – situated on Môreson Wine Estate and part of the Le Quartier family – and world-
renowned in-house dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, have both been nominated. The Tasting Room has made it onto the
Top 10 eleven times in the 16years that this award has existed. The Tasting Room has also been nominated for the Boschendal
Style Award 2013.
The only female Grand Chef in Africa, Margot Janse, heads up The Tasting Room, and is the Winner of the Eat Out Chef of the
Year Award 2012. Bread&Wine is well known for their Head Chef, Neil Jewell, and his love for charcuterie.
The Awards ceremony will be held on the 10th
restaurants, Chef of Year, the Service Excellence Award and others. They will also reveal the names of the (currently)
anonymous judges.
Abigail Donnelly, Editor for Eat Out, says “Ultimately, however, it’s the food that counts. Taste is the emotional component of
a dish, making it the most vital element. The scorecards show which restaurants excel in flavour and not just the fussy stuff.
Many of our native ingredients have been celebrated, making them the future of South African food”.
annual Eat Out DStv Food Network
of November 2013 in Cape Town, where they will announce the Top 10

We’re beyond thrilled that both of our restaurants have been nominated once again for The Eat Out Awards. This marks the second time both Bread & Wine and The Tasting Room have appeared on the Top 20 nomination list concurrently – but that’s not all, that year, 2007, both restaurants made it onto the Top 10 Restaurants too! The Tasting Room garnered the number one spot, and Bread & Wine came in at number four! We were extremely proud then and we’re proud now! Head over to Eat Out to see the results from 2007.

Margot and Neil making bacon together for a story in Good Taste Magazine

Margot and Neil making bacon together for a story in Good Taste Magazine

Eat Out is known as South Africa’s best guide to South Africa’s best food. Additionally they are a directory portal for restaurants, markets and recipe information and specials. This year marks the 16th Restaurant Awards.

Anonymous judges have been dining in restaurants across the country in order to nominate 20 finalists. Le Quartier Français’s lunch time restaurant Bread&Wine – situated on Môreson Wine Estate and part of the Le Quartier family – and world-renowned in-house dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, have both been nominated. The Tasting Room has made it onto the Top 10 eleven times in the 16 years that this award has existed. The Tasting Room has also been nominated for the Boschendal Style Award 2013.

The only female Grand Chef in Africa, Margot Janse, heads up The Tasting Room, and is the Winner of the Eat Out Chef of the Year Award 2012. Bread&Wine is well known for their Head Chef, Neil Jewell, and his love for charcuterie.

The Awards ceremony will be held on the 10th of November 2013 in Cape Town, where they will announce the Top 10 restaurants, Chef of Year, the Service Excellence Award and others. They will also reveal the names of the (currently) anonymous judges.

Abigail Donnelly, Editor for Eat Out, says “Ultimately, however, it’s the food that counts. Taste is the emotional component of a dish, making it the most vital element. The scorecards show which restaurants excel in flavour and not just the fussy stuff.  Many of our native ingredients have been celebrated, making them the future of South African food”.

Venue: The Lookout, V&A Waterfront
Event: Eat Out Awards 2013
Date: 10 November 2013
www.lqf.co.za
www.eatout.co.za

Enquiries: Robyn – marketing@lqf.co.za / 021 867 2151

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Elite Traveler – 14 days in South Africa

We’ve been featured in the September/October edition of Elite Traveler! The ‘private jet lifestyle magazine’ enjoys worldwide distribution in more than 100 countries aboard private jets and mega-yachts.

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In this issue’s, 14 days in South Africa, written by Larry Olmsted, we make an appearance in day two. Here’s the excerpt:

“Return to Franschhoek in the afternoon with some time to relax before tonight’s main event, the nine-course, three-and-a-half-hour dinner at The Tasting Room in Le Quartier Français. Widely considered South Africa’s finest restaurant, The Tasting Room perennially makes the vaunted San Pellegrino “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list,and is the highest ranked eatery on the entire African continent. Chef Margot Janse was named South Africa’s Top Chef 2012 (again), and her African inspired Surprise Menu features gourmet takes on local specialities, such as kingklip, a delicious fish rarely seen outside southern Africa, all paired with local wines. Many of the herbs and vegetables are grown in the inn’s extensive gardens, and this is truly one of the world’s great meals.”

Thank you very much for the wonderful mention!

Read the digital version of the magazine here.

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We’re potty for these pans

This Tuesday was The Tasting Room’s first service since we’ve renovated the kitchen. See a sneak peek of the new look in the picture below. We’ll be releasing more images soon!

new kitchen

Our glorious new  kitchen was designed by our executive chef, Margot Janse, beautiful quartz counter tops by Silestone and our incredible builder made it all happen- Karin, a hands-on creative.

And to cook with? Le Creuset of course!  The Shallow and Deep Le Creuset Toughened non-stick Frying Pan is a dream to work with. It’s not only versatile, but aesthetically pleasing too.

Toughened Non-Stick is a sleek range of versatile pans perfect for everyday use.  It has a tough,
PFOA-free non-stick surface inside and out, and a special hardened body to create a durable and
long-lasting pan that can be used on any heat source.  The easy release non-stick interior and
exterior surfaces are easy to clean, and are tough enough to withstand use of metal utensils.
Professional-style cast handles are attached with stainless steel rivets for a superior, secure fixing.
Heat resistant glass lids are available separately.  They retain moisture and flavour, and allow you
to check the food you are cooking without lifting the lid and disturbing the cooking process or
temperature.
Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick pans are manufactured from premium materials that will provide
the best in durability and cooking performance
Each pan is made from heavy gauge, forged aluminium that has been specially treated to provide a
strong, toughened finish that will withstand the demands of everyday use.
Each pan spreads heat evenly and efficiently, so there are no hot spots in your cooking
The specially constructed base incorporates a magnetic, stainless steel disc that provides extra
strength and stability to the pan and makes it suitable for use on ALL HEAT SOURCES including the
latest induction hobs
Both the interior and exterior of each pan are finished with one of the most modern, PFOA-free,
toughened non-stick finishes available providing superb release of food and easy cleaning – every
day.  It is an ideal surface for healthier cooking with very little oil or fat.

Gamme Sauteuse Provençale

All you need to know about The Toughened Non-Stick range:
It has a tough, PFOA-free non-stick surface inside and out, and a special hardened body to create a durable and long-lasting pan that can be used on any heat source.  The easy release non-stick interior and exterior surfaces are easy to clean, and are tough enough to withstand use of metal utensils.

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Professional-style cast handles are attached with stainless steel rivets for a superior, secure fixing. Heat resistant glass lids are available separately. They retain moisture and flavour, and allow you to check the food you are cooking without lifting the lid and disturbing the cooking process or temperature.

Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick pans are manufactured from premium materials that will provide the best in durability and cooking performance. Each pan is made from heavy gauge, forged aluminium that has been specially treated to provide a strong, toughened finish that will withstand the demands of everyday use.

Each pan spreads heat evenly and efficiently, so there are no hot spots in your cooking. The specially constructed base incorporates a magnetic, stainless steel disc that provides extra strength and stability to the pan and makes it suitable for use on ALL HEAT SOURCES including the latest induction hobs.

Both the interior and exterior of each pan are finished with one of the most modern, PFOA-free, toughened non-stick finishes available providing superb release of food and easy cleaning – every day.  It is an ideal surface for healthier cooking with very little oil or fat.

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La Motte’s organic vegetable and herb garden

La Motte’s vegetable gardenWe hugely value our wonderful suppliers, and as such, today we’d like to put the spotlight on fellow Franschhoek chef, Chris Erasmus from La Motte.
We source a wide variety of produce from the estate’s organic vegetable and herb garden, such as rainbow carrots, mustard leaves, edible flowers, leaves and various heirloom and baby vegetables, all grown in the own organic compost.
The produce is available from their farm shop too.

We hugely value our wonderful suppliers, and as such, today we’d like to put the spotlight on fellow Franschhoek chef, Chris Erasmus from La Motte.

la motte garden

We source a wide variety of produce from the estate’s organic vegetable and herb garden, such as rainbow carrots, mustard leaves, edible flowers and various heirloom and baby vegetables, all grown in organic compost.

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The produce is available from their farm shop too.

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Accommodation specials!

We’ve just launched our Companion Fare for the months of May, June and July, where you can join us for dinner in the award-winning Tasting Room on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and have your partner’s dinner on us. Indulge in the 8 course African inspired surprise menu and your partner’s dinner will be complimentary, excluding drinks.
And then we thought, why should you have to drive home afterwards? So we thought we would add accommodation specials to the mix: on our best available rate, rooms at the world–renowned Le Quartier Français will be only R 950, per person sharing, per night, room only. The rooms all have underfloor heating, fireplaces, DVD player, complimentary refreshment trays and much, much more.
In the event that you might be more budget conscious, try our quirky Delicious Hotel. Bite size rooms,
fun, cute and all of that. Price here starts at R 325 per person sharing, per night, room only. Then you can still indulge at the Tasting Room. So the best of both worlds!
Terms and conditions
Full pre-payment is required when booking is made and no refunds will be given.
Any amendment could result in surcharge and acknowledgement that the same rate may not apply.
Any cancellations, no show and early departures will incur 100% cancellation fees. Written cancellation is
mandatory, and will only be accepted should we have confirmed receipt thereof.

We’ve just launched our Companion Fare for the months of May, June and July, where you can join us for dinner in the award-winning Tasting Room on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and have your partner’s dinner on us. Indulge in the 8-course African inspired surprise menu and your partner’s dinner will be complimentary, excluding drinks.

And then we thought, why should you have to drive home afterwards? So we’ve added accommodation specials to the mix: on our best available rate, rooms at the world–renowned Le Quartier Français will be only R 950, per person sharing, per night, room only. The rooms all have underfloor heating, fireplaces, DVD player, complimentary refreshment trays and much, much more.

One of our many private and intimate suites

One of our many private and intimate suites

In the event that you might be more budget conscious, try our quirky Delicious Hotel. Bite size rooms, fun, cute and all of that. Price here starts at R 325 per person sharing, per night, room only. Then you can still indulge at the Tasting Room. So the best of both worlds!

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Terms and conditions
Full pre-payment is required when booking is made and no refunds will be given. Any amendment could result in surcharge and acknowledgement that the same rate may not apply. Any cancellations, no show and early departures will incur 100% cancellation fees. Written cancellation is mandatory, and will only be accepted should we have confirmed receipt thereof.

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