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Chef Philip Howard joins Chef Margot Janse in The Tasting Room

Last night we welcomed Michelin-star Chef Philip Howard, chef and co-owner of The Square in London, to The Tasting Room kitchen.

Our first ever guest Chef joined Chef Margot Janse to cook an incredible tasting menu for special guests of Exclusive Books, a culinary highlight of The Franschhoek Literary Festival.

And what a night it was!

From the entire Le Quartier Français family, thank you Chef, it was an honour to have you!

*We took a few instagram snaps of the night below

Philip Howard Menu

Philip Howard prepping

Margot, Shelwyn & Neil


Beetroot and biltong jelly


Locals wines



Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek Literary Festival, The Tasting Room,
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African Soul at Is Art

You’re invited to an incredible black and white photography exhibition entitled ‘African Soul’ by Anthony Lucas on 18 May 2014. Plus the exhibition will be opened by our very own Susan Huxter! See the invite below as well as some examples of the work.

African Soul invite

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Intrigued? We’ll see you there.

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Recipe: Egg Custard Tart

Want to make mom smile this Mother’s Day? Well of course you do. The folks at Bread & Wine have decided to help you in the smile department with this easy-to-make yet delicious dessert, with free range eggs supplied by good friend Farmer Angus.

Egg Custard Dessert

Sweet pastry

500 gram cake flour
250 gram butter
150 gram castor sugar
2 eggs

Crumb butter, flour & sugar together, add eggs and mix till smooth. Cover in cling film and rest dough in fridge overnight. Roll out and line a 20cm tart ring, leaving a flap over the edge; rest for 20 minutes in the fridge. Then blind bake in a preheated oven at 150 C till golden brown, remove the beans and continue cooking till base is cooked. Remove from oven lightly egg wash base and return to oven for a few minutes to set.

Egg custard

10 egg yolks
450 ml double cream
100 gram castor sugar

In a bowl combine egg yolks & sugar and mix till smooth with a whisk. Bring the cream to the boil, pour over egg & sugar mixture, mix well. Pass through a sieve and skim any foam from the top. Fill the prepared pastry case and cook at 100 C till custard is set with a slight wobble, approximately 30 minutes.

While still hot dust with ground nutmeg. Cool to room temperature before trimming the extra pastry edge and serving.

Serve with vanilla ice cream and poached fruit.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, recipe,
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Companion Fare at The Tasting Room

We have some exciting news. Our culinary team have decided to offer our fabulous Companion Fare at The Tasting Room for a few nights before our approaching annual closure.

the tasting room

What is the Companion Fare?
Join us for dinner in the award-winning Tasting Room 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. Pay R 850 for your dinner and your companion’s exact same dinner is on us* Gratis!’ (Gratuity not included)

To enquire about reservations and what dates are available please call +27 21 876 2151 or email: restaurant@lqf.co.za

room 16

Why drive when you can sleep over? Browse our rooms and suites here. Or for those looking for affordable, fun and no frills accommodation, take a look at Delicious Hotels.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: The Tasting Room,
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Mother’s Day at Le Quartier Français

“No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star.” — Edwin Hubbell Chapin

the garden room

Bring your star to Le Quartier Français on Mother’s Day, 12 May 2014, and treat her like the queen she is.

b.gorgeous exterior

Enjoy breakfast or tapas in The Garden Room followed by a treatment in our beautiful day spa B.gorgeous [enquire about our Long Tea Table for an inventively delicious high tea]. Then head to our exquisite Lounge Bar for fabulous craft cocktails and bar bites. Plus, take mom on a spur of the moment shopping spree in our Le Creuset pop-up shop!

Henry Rifle Martini and prawn popcorn

Fun, fabulous and all under one roof – bring mom to LQF for an amazing Mother’s Day experience!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français, b.gorgeous,
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The Franschhoek Literary Festival – drink, eat, play and read!

There’s just under two weeks to go until The Franschhoek Literary Festival. There’s so much to see and do, other than the incredible talks; from markets and live performances to gourmet dining and drinking.


We’re also incredibly excited to have Phil Howard hosting his one and only dinner while he’s in the country in The Tasting Room! The invite-only affair is being organised by Exclusive Books and promises to be a show-stopper. Here’s more about Phil, and more about his cookbook.

And… While you’re in town – join us for breakfast/lunch/high tealunchcraft cocktails & bar bites or even pop into our day spa, B.gorgeous!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek Literary Festival,
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To a delicious winter ahead

Please note that Bread & Wine, will be closing for two days a week,
Tuesday & Wednesday, starting 13th May until and including 30th July.
We shall be open for lunches Thursday – Monday, kitchen hours between 12h00 -15h00.
The following workshops have been scheduled for the next three months –
Breadmaking –
5th May (mini class);
17th May, 7th June
Charcuterie workshops –
22nd & 23rd May;
12th & 13th June;
7th & 8th August;
Thank you for your continued support over the past season.

It’s been a sensational summer. It really, really has.  And our long, languid lunches at Bread & Wine will continue on through the winter months, with just one exception: we’ll be closing for two days a week, Tuesday & Wednesday, starting 13th May until/ and including 30th July.


We will be open for lunches from Thursday to Monday between 12h00 -15h00, for delicious wines and food. Follow us on Twitter to keep updated with changes to our menu – we have some exciting cooking in-store for you this winter!

Thank you for your continued support over the past season!” – Tina Jewell

Plus our incredible hands-on workshops are back!

5th May (mini class);
17th May, 7th June

22nd & 23rd May;
12th & 13th June;
7th & 8th August

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant,
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The Tasting Room ranks on S.Pellegrino World’s 100 Best Restaurants!

The World’s 50/100 Best Restaurants were announced last night in London’s Guildhall in a dazzling ceremony fit for the culinary elite.

The Tasting Room was honoured with position 72.


“We’re delighted to be featured once again on this prestigious list,” said Susan Huxter, owner of Le Quartier Français. “It’s wonderful recognition and it reflects the dedication of Chef Margot and her entire team.”

Executive Chef Margot Janse has consistently shown she can compete with the very best in the gourmet gauntlet. Chef Margot has maintained a spot on this celebrated list since 2002; in 2010 she was notably the only female chef to achieve a place in the World Top 50.


The Tasting Room has been a recurrent competitor on the world-renowned list. In 2011, The Tasting Room took the 36th spot as well as the title of Best Restaurant in Africa and the Middle East. In 2012, the trend continued with 56th position and in 2013, 53rd .

By now the knowledge that The Tasting Room is one of the world’s best restaurants comes as no surprise, yet the innovative cuisine doesn’t play by the same rules.

Surprise and nostalgia take centre stage at the fine dining restaurant in Franschhoek. Diners embark on a journey of taste, guided by culinary story-tellers in the most beautiful and whimsical of settings.

Surprise: an emotion that occurs when something breaks our habitual pattern.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Awards, Le Quartier Français, Margot Janse, The Tasting Room,
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The Winter Sculpture Fair 2014!

Franschhoek is off to Joburg again for The Winter Sculpture Fair 2014! The annual food and art extravaganza will dazzle festival-goers over the weekend of 10 and 11 May 2014. Presented by MasterCard, it will once again take place in at the NIROX Sculpture Park near the Cradle of Humankind.

winter sculpture fair

And, both Bread & Wine and Bacon of the Month Club will be heading to the City of Gold: “Artlogic have partnered with Franschhoek to bring the town’s top chefs and wine producers to Johannesburg, thus creating an unmatched culinary experience in Gauteng. Expect a day of top-end exclusive meals, charcuterie, and wine and bubbly by the glass.”

winter sculpture fair

It’s said that: ‘There is currently no single event in South Africa that focuses on sculpture, although the phenomenon is gaining momentum internationally with events such as Frieze Sculpture Park in New York.’

At this fair you will be able to walk through and experience the ‘NIROX SCULPTURE | WINTER 14’ exhibition (with a glass of bubbles in-hand naturally).

Tip: Look out for the unveiling of a sculpture that was commissioned last year.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Festival, Franschhoek,
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Up, up and up! Our new management team

We announced earlier this month that Linda Coltart our extraordinary general manager of 16 years will be saying goodbye to us in the middle of June.

Linda is leaving big shoes to fill. We have decided to transform roles and promote within—and together as a family we’ll step forward in these new shoes and into the future of hospitality management.

New Management LQF

We caught up with three of our team to talk about their new roles.

Roger Boonzaaier, Hotel Manager
Roger describes himself as ‘dependable, impulsive, and pragmatic’. He knows the hotel like the back of his hand. After all, he’s spent18 years working in all of the departments, ‘except the kitchen’. Contact him on: roger@lqf.co.za

In your opinion what experiences in Franschhoek are not-to-be-missed?
Neil’s Charcuterie & Wine Tasting; the Franschhoek Motor Museum; a fynbos walk with Rob Armstrong and Mandela’s home at Victor Verster Prison.

What is the strangest request you have had from a guest?
There was once a young boy, who kept snails he found in the garden as pets in small boxes—which we had to supply.

Eleanor Kerwan, Culinary Manager
Eleanor loves food: from when she was a little girl, eating ‘plumes, acon & bacon’ as she used to call her breakfast, to working in the restaurant and hospitality trade since qualifying. She has been a part of the team for 13 years. Contact her on: eleanor@lqf.co.za

What do you love about working at LQF?
Mutual respect, team work and it’s loads of fun!

Your favourite dish in…
The Tasting Room – the Paradyskloof quail with amasi, sweetcorn and granola; The Garden Room – Margot’s famous sticky buns; The Lounge Bar – the prawn popcorn with lime salt.

What cocktail would you recommended in the Lounge Bar?
I love the Franschhoek Fruit Cup, it’s refreshingly delicious!

Louise du Valle, Reservations Manager
Louise describes herself as ‘friendly, considerate and determined’. She has over a decade of hospitality experience (both local and international) and has worked at LQF for three and a half years. Contact her on: louise@lqf.co.za

Can you share your favourite guest memory?
I once took a honeymoon couple on an extraordinary experience to the Mandela House at Victor Verster. The couple didn’t know what to expect and were truly moved by the experience.

Which is your favourite room and why?
I feel a lot of warmth from Room 4. I love the secret garden, where you can escape and just be…

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français,

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