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Thinking of celebrating Christmas in Franschhoek?

The shops are all playing Christmas carols, everywhere you turn there is some new sparkly Christmas ornament you simply have-to-have and there is no avoiding the turkeys that have suddenly sprung up in the frozen poultry section. What this all means is that Christmas, if you can believe it, is just around the corner!

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This Christmas Eve say no to dry turkey and average mince pies and join us, in The Tasting Room, for Margot Janse’s acclaimed nine course African Inspired Surprise Tasting Menu.  It costs R1000 per person, without wine pairings, or R1400 per person, with wine pairings.

To book, because bookings are essential, call us on (021) 876 2151.

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Posted in: Cuisine, Le Quartier Français, The Tasting Room,
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Do you have what it takes to join Margot Janse’s Team?

Le Quartier Français and the award-winning Margot Janse are looking to add to their acclaimed culinary team.

Do you think you have what it takes to be a Chef de Partie or a Junior Pastry Chef in The Tasting Room kitchen? Do you know someone who does?

Are you a good team player? Do you have a minimum of three years experience in a similar establishment? Are you prepared to check your ego at the door? Yes? Well then you could be exactly what we’re looking for!

Send your CV, three references and a cover letter explaining why you’d like to join the Le Quartier Français and Margot Janse team to careers@lqf.co.za.

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Tasting Room launches new Surprise Menu

Last month Margot Janse, and her team, launched the new Tasting Room Surprise Menu. It has proved to be incredibly popular and – without ruining any of the surprises – we can share that it is packed full of African inspiration and delight!

If you’re looking for a dining experience that will captivate your imagination, and tastebuds, book a table in The Tasting Room and try the new Surprise Menu.

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Local is Lekker: 2010 Le Quartier Français Accommodation Special

Stay at Le Quartier Français between the 3rd of May 2010 and the 31st of August 2010 for just R895pp*.

Each person will also get an additional R150 worth of Le Quartier Français Currency to spend – during their stay – in iCi, The Tasting Room, The Treatment Room, The Screening Room and Bread & Wine**.

To book call 021-876 2151 Ext: 341 or email: res@lqf.co.za

* This rate includes bed & a scrumptious breakfast.

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


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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Mother’s Day Lunch in the Tasting Room

This Mother’s Day, Sunday 9th May 2010,  the Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français is offering you the opportunity to spoil your mum with an exquisite tasting lunch prepared by Margot Janse and her team.

Experience the delight of a four course tasting menu paired with fine South African wines.

  • four course R350 per person
  • four course with wine R500 per person
  • Children under 12 years R150 per child under 12.

So show your mum how much you care by treating her to Mother’s Day Tasting Room experience.

Seats are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. For reservations and further details please contact us on 021 876-2151 or restaurant@lqf.co.za.


World Top 50 Announcement

This year has seen the Tasting Room place 31 overall (6 places higher than last year’s 37th place). In fact Margot was the only female chef to achieve a place in the 2010 World Top 50.

We’ve once again found ourselves in fine local company with La Colombe, another South African restaurant, appearing at number 12 in the top 50 rankings. They also clinched the title of 2010 Best Restaurant in Africa and the Middle East. Congratulations La Colombe!

This year marks six consecutive years in the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants rankings and, for us, this is phenomenal and in many ways unbelievable. Every year global food and fine-dining standards improve exponentially and the competition, this year, was incredibly stiff. We consider it a huge honour to have once again been included. It is also fantastic that another South African restaurant has again – along with us – been recognized and it reinforces our belief that South Africa, as a food destination, continues to impress on the global culinary stage.



Le Quartier Français Packages – Book Now!

2010 certainly began with a bang. It’s hard to believe that we’re already in the third month of the year. The Christmas and New Year break are now a distant memory, the Soccer World Cup is around the corner and the end of Summer is rapidly approaching.

At Le Quartier Français we know that it’s been three long months since your last real break and we think it’s time you recharged your soul on a mini-break. Pick from our selection of fantastic packages (the stay for 4 pay for 3 is always popular) and book yourself and a loved one, or friend, in for a night or four.

We suggest checking out Franschhoek during the lesser-known months of April and May, it really is spectacular over this time. It’s not too hot, the wind is minimal and it’s far less frantic than during January and February. Plus restaurant bookings are far easier to come by!

To view the various Le Quartier Français packages please visit our website. To book call us on +27218762151. See you soon!


Launch of the new 5-Series Gran Turismo at Le Quartier Français

The launch of the 5-Series Gran Turismo is being held, at the moment, at Le Quartier Français.

The South African journalists attending this launch enjoy a specially designed Tasting Room lunch (even more unique because the Tasting Room is traditionally only open in the evening).

This is a driving event therefore no wine has been paired with lunch. Instead we’ve created lovely non-alcoholic daiquiris which, thanks to their delicious taste and the beautiful warm weather, have been a big hit.

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Le Quartier Français features in the Condé Nast 2010 Gold List

Le Quartier Français has been awarded the joint title of Best Hotels for Food in Africa, Middle East in the Condé Nast 2010 Gold List. Our very popular culinary offering, consisting of The Tasting Room and iCi, was singled out for its “X-factor“.

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Image Courtesy of Doug88888 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/doug88888)

The Condé Nast Gold List is the Condé Nast guide to their selection of the world’s greatest hotels as chosen by the magazine’s editors and travel experts. The hotels selected receive a gold award in a given category. The categories, for the 2010 Condé Nast Gold List are: service, location, food, rooms, leisure facilities, ambience and design.

There were two other exceptional hotels that shared the Best Hotels for Food in Africa, Middle East with Le Quartier Français – these were Bushmans Kloof, for their excellent culinary offering; and Maia (in the Seychelles) for their chef-rich approach.

Everyone here feels very priviledged to be in such spectacular local and international company! Congratulations to all the other hotels that were included in the 2010 Condé Nast Gold List.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Awards, Cuisine, Franschhoek Restaurant, Margot Janse, The Tasting Room, iCi,
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