Le Quartier Francais is a really beautiful hotel. Luxurious, yet informal and relaxed. This afternoon, they organised a trip for us to a winery that is part of their group.
We were the only guests who took up this offer so we had the place to ourselves and were treated to a guided tasting of their Mullineux wine. Interesting that the grapes come from the Swartlands region and they have freedom to combine the grapes exactly how they wish, so their wines are created rather like a recipe, mixing varieties from different soils together. Very different from France – although this region does have many strong echoes of its early French settlers.
Looking forward to sampling the menu in the Tasting Room tonight. The award winning chef Margot Janse creates an eight course contemporary African inspired tasting menu aimed to stimulate emotion sufficient to break your habitual patterns. Guests are advised to allow 3½ hours for the experience and also that there is no dress code – you dress for the experience you want to have.
“I have no signature dish, South Africa is my signature.” Margot Janse.
Glad I packed – loose fitting cool trousers!