Margot Janse heads to RIJKS

November 19th, 2014

Our Executive Chef Margot Janse was recently in Amsterdam to visit the newly opened RIJKS® restaurant at the world-renowned cultural icon, The Rijksmuseum.

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Margot with the team!

And, even more excitingly, Margot will be back in January as a guest chef to create new dishes together with the team of top chefs led by the famed Joris Bijdendijk.

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The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week and the menu features dishes that celebrate Dutch produce. Also part of the concept is a sharing theme, and ‘to taste as much as possible of the colourful cuisine, cold and hot dishes are on the menu, which are served to be shared. As an equivalent of the multi-course dinner there is theRijks table, a table full of small dishes. Naturally one can also order à la carte.’

The General Director of Rijksmuseum, Wim Pijbes said: ‘The Rijksmuseum tells the story of the Netherlands. Influences from countries far and near can be seen here as well. We continue this trend at RIJKS®: quality, authenticity, uniqueness, translated to the cuisine, the chefs, the interior and the location. RIJKS® is the Rijksmuseum on your plate.”

See you in Amsterdam!

The Tasting Room excels in the Eat Out Top Ten!

November 17th, 2014

We’re thrilled at the announcement that our world-renowned dinner restaurant, The Tasting Room, came third overall in the 2014 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, and also won the Grolsch Service Excellence Award!

Dubbed the ‘Foodie Oscars’, the glittering gala was held on Sunday 16 November 2014 at Thunder City at the Cape Town International Airport.

“It’s fantastic!” says Executive Chef Margot Janse of the award. “I’m very grateful for the recognition and incredibly proud of my team. I work with amazing chefs, in the most inspiring of settings.”

“I am so proud!” says Susan Huxter, owner of Le Quartier Français. “Service is so important to us and this passionate team embodies the Le Quartier spirit in everything they do.”

The annual ceremony and resulting magazine, awards the country’s top restaurants and chefs, and is a celebration of the burgeoning restaurant industry in South Africa.

“The Tasting Room celebrated its tenth anniversary this year,” says Margot. “Plus, Gerald van der Walt [previously of The Greenhouse] has joined our team as Head Chef and together we are rethinking, playing, creating….”

This will be the thirteenth year; The Tasting Room has made it onto the Top 10, in the sixteen years that this award has existed.

“Great front-of-house skills are matched with bold personalities” says Judge, Abigail Donnelly, of the Grolsch Service award and “consistently genius food dazzles and thrills with a magical element of surprise” of The Tasting Room.

Judge Reuben Riffel remarked, “Margot Janse is at the top of her game & is clearly having a lot of fun.”

We are also so elated that our lunch time restaurant, Bread & Wine, was nominated for The Eat Out Top 10 and Head Chef Neil Jewell served up a scrumptious course of his award winning charcuterie for this star studded event.

Click here to see all the other winners – congratulations to you all!

The Tasting Room is featured in Black Ink: the Centurion Guide

November 7th, 2014

The Tasting Room has been ranked among the World’s Best Restaurants by Black Ink!

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See the write-up below

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Congratulations to all our fellow South African restaurants who were also featured!

Alongside the international editions of Departures and Centurion, American Express Publishing develops US focused counterparts for the North American market. Departures is a global showcase for leading luxury brands, spanning every relevant luxury segment, including Travel, Fashion, Art & Design, Food, Lifestyle Sport, Shopping and Wine & Spirits.  The notorious Black Card, and by extension Black Ink, is only available by invitation to the highest echelon of American Express cardholders. Each issue focuses on a single topic, such as the worlds best restaurants or holiday destinations and seeks to explore it in a way that is relevant and beneficial to the lifestyle of the discriminating, ultra-high-net-worth individual.

Craft Cocktails in The Living Room

November 6th, 2014

Wondering what you’re going to be drinking this summer? Look no further than the Caribbean Mule…

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A zingy, refreshing craft cocktail made with our special LQF blend of spiced Caribbean rums with fresh lime and our very own homemade ginger beer.

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Can you say hello summer!

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And there’s a lot more from where that came from in The Living Room. Browse our craft cocktail list here.

The Rossouw’s by Diners Club South African Restaurant Guide 2015

November 4th, 2014

The Rossouw’s by Diners Club South African Restaurant Guide 2015 was launched yesterday at the Steyn City Golf Club in Johannesburg. 20 restaurants were awarded five-star status—and among them was Bread & Wine!

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Anna Trapido, food critic and editor of Rossouw’s by Diners Club South African Restaurant Guide 2015 said this:  “Bread and Wine is a glorious, gastronomic gem. Delicious and witty. Eco-epicurean yet never preachy. Old school and yet utterly modern. The food is deceptively simple. Great ancient techniques like the ones on offer at Bread and Wine take years to acquire. Understanding classic combinations and making them feel unique and personal is an art.”

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The guide gave top marks to – 13 restaurants in the Western Cape, six in Gauteng and one in KwaZulu-Natal.

JP Rossouw says ‘the guide that truly ‘tells it like it is’, as reviewers visit every restaurant anonymously and pay for the meal, for ultimate independence and integrity. We review restaurants according to their type – casual to casual, upmarket to upmarket – in order to be fair to the establishments. Achieving five stars in the guide is a real feat – only 20 awards have been given, out of more than 300 restaurants reviewed.”

Rossouw’s by Diners Club South African Restaurant Guide 2015 is available for R185 at select bookstores and retailers countrywide.

Summer accessories at B.gorgeous

October 31st, 2014

In Franschhoek and need your hair blown-out before a special lunch or dinner? At B.gorgeous we’ve got all the tricks and treatments to make you feel, well, gorgeous!

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Sit back and relax with a glass of Môreson Méthode Cap Classique or a fresh fruit cocktail, and indulge in a manicure, pedicure and get your hair looking glam—and while you’re at it, accessorise darling.

We have some beautiful summer accessories, from jewellery, to hats and even sandals, and more.

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Tip: need a gorgeous gift in a hurry? Look no further, there’s no need to head to the malls.

White roses, white roses

October 29th, 2014

Our garden is positively bursting with beautiful blooms of all hues, creed and size. But we thought we’d pay a special homage to the white roses, which are in full flush at the moment.

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Fat, creamy, with a velvet scent. They paint the morning air with sweetness, and in evening, as the sun dips down, the scent becomes deeper, more mysterious.

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The white rose is said to represent: ‘Purity, Innocence, Sympathy & Spirituality’. A peek into Reader’s Digest reveals that ‘early tradition used white roses as a symbol for true love, an association which would later become the hallmark of the red rose. Also known as the bridal rose, the white rose is a traditional wedding flower. In this sense, white represents unity, virtue, and the pureness of a new love.’

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Celebrating a legacy

October 27th, 2014

On Saturday night the Friedman clan gathered, along with friends new and old, to celebrate Richard Friedman’s 60th birthday at Bread & Wine.

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Richard is owner and founder of Môreson Wines and fittingly the black tie affair dazzled; fairy lights were strung throughout—like a sparkling snowfall suspended in time—and the food and wine was simply out of this world.

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Neil Jewell’s famous charcuterie was devoured with great big glasses of Mercator Premium Chardonnay. For mains, Neil and his sous, char-grilled hunks of fillet and the sweetest, fattest prawns, among many other delicious bites.

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There was dancing, speeches by the Friedman brood, and yes, Môreson MCC flowed till the early hours. It was a generous, happy celebration for a man, everyone agrees, is an absolute inspiration.

Bread & Wine, part of the LQF family, offers the ultimate venue for a private celebration or wedding. Where the setting, food and wine combine for an incredible experience. Tailor your look and feel to black tie or rustic farm chic. Môreson farm is a beautiful place to act as a canvas for your imagination. And the food and wine? Nothing but the best. See more info here.

The Tasting Room’s annual closure for 2015

October 24th, 2014

Heads up! The Tasting Room’s annual closure in 2015 will be as follows:

Last service: Saturday, 06 June 2015
Re-open: Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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Now we know that may seem like far away now—but tables get booked up quickly and you may need to book a couple of months in advance. Head to our reservations’ page to see the available dates and terms.

During the annual closure, the hotel and The Living Room will be open as usual—so you’ll still be able to enjoy craft cocktails and Chef Margot Janse’s small plate sharing menu throughout.

Condé Nast Traveller’s Best Hotels in Africa: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014

October 21st, 2014

More amazing travel news! We’ve been named as one of the Best Hotels in Africa: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014 by Condé Nast Traveller!

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Condé Nast Traveller wrote: “This “gem of a place with superb food” garners a perfect score for its location in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley. The privately owned auberge is “small and intimate, with beautiful secluded gardens.” “Book far, far in advance to indulge in the world-famous” South African-inspired menu at the Tasting Room. “Fine rooms” range from Four Quarter Suites set around a private courtyard, to Grande Rooms with heated bathroom floors, to Auberge Suites with walled gardens and private pools. “Superb staff couldn’t be more helpful.”