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“A great experience all around!”
Review of The Tasting Room - CLOSED

The Tasting Room
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$110 - US$150
Cuisines: International, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais is South Africa's most lauded fine-dining restaurant. It is the stage to award-winning Chef, Margot Janse, and her unique African Inspired Surprise Tasting Menu. Here, in this intimate setting, serious diners have the opportunity to experience a true journey of taste. With a menu that continues to evolve and astonish The Tasting Room, and its African Inspired cuisine, creates a dining experience unlike any other. One where surprise and nostalgia take centre stage. In The Tasting Room every African Inspired dish is exceptional and engaging. Truly refined with a distinct feminine touch and, at the same time, unexpectedly exciting ... Exhilarating in fact. It is this contradiction that results in The Tasting Room menu's outstanding balance and ensures that the cuisine is nothing short of a theatrical masterpiece.In The Tasting Room the journey extends further than just phenomenal cuisine; it moves fearlessly into the captivating realm of stories and magic. A place where each plate, and its African inspired elements, have the ability to captivate the hearts and minds of diners.The Tasting Room is open Tuesdays to Saturdays for dinner only. 19H00 till late.Please allow at least 3 hours for your dinner.
Paris
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103 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A great experience all around!”
Reviewed 25 May 2013

This was my second visit to the Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais and the experience was great all around: food, wine, atmosphere and service. The tasting menu is a surprise 8 -course menu that is served at a good, slow pace that leaves plenty of time to enjoy the whole experience. The dishes were not too large so that you never felt full and could keep on going. There was a lot of use of local products and spices unique to South Africa. The service was very friendly yet professional.

  • Visited May 2013
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Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
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88 reviews
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“The Tasting Room deserves its awards”
Reviewed 21 May 2013

We had the 8-course wine pairing menu which was extraordinary. The room is beautifully simple, the staff are very professional and attentive and we loved the entire Tasting Room experience.
It is a not a cheap night out but if you enjoy creative, beautifully presented, extraordinary food, it is worth booking ahead and spending an evening there.

  • Visited May 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Extraordinary Experience”
Reviewed 16 May 2013

Taking faith in our travel agent's experience in South Africa we booked ahead for a meal at The Tasting Room, which was located at Le Quartier Francais where we were staying for 2 nights, during our tour of South Africa. Every course amazed us with it's visual appeal, creativity and of course the taste. It has now become our number one on our list of "foodie" experiences. Only complaint was that I didn't want the evening to end. The ambiance in the room, the experience enhanced by the expertise of each team member who presented each course, and the wine parings were exceptional. I am glad we had a short walk back to our room on this night to remember forever.

  • Visited April 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Special”
Reviewed 13 May 2013

Such attention to detail, each course was a work of art! Expensive by South African standards, but we felt it was a good value for the quality of the food and the experience.

Visited April 2013
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London
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“Something special”
Reviewed 9 May 2013 via mobile

We went as a group of 6 for a special occasion, it didn't disappoint and exceeded expectations. It's not cheap but then again quality does come at a price. Great end to our holiday.

Visited February 2013
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