Wining and Dining
One of the highlights of a stay in Franschhoek is a meal at The Tasting Room, the coveted tasting-menu only restaurant in Le Quartier, helmed by culinary powerhouse Margot Janse.
The eight-course (really 10 after an amuse bouche and post-dessert bon bons) African-inspired menu presents small bites of perfectly prepared dishes, such as local Karoo lamb and the aptly named “broccoli, broccoli, broccoli” (the vegetable prepared in three unique ways). The food came with insights into South Africa, like the corn potjie (a type of traditional porridge, here more of sweet flan) was surrounded with an array of the Cape fynbos ferns, so that we could see, feel and smell the inspiration for the dish.
Generous pours of the regions top vintages are available to match each course (highly recommended). And as a bonus, due to the advantageous exchange rate (currently 16 Rand to US$1), this three-hour parade of perfect bites costs the same as a quick bite at a neighborhood spot back at home.
For VIP table at the Tasting Room (the one facing the open garden is a favorite of the house), or Leeu House special requests, contact Roger Boonzaier, the hotel manager for both Leeu House and Le Quartier, who made us feel both right at home in Leeu House and like celebrities when we dined at Tasting Room.