Hearty French classics take centre stage at this cosy bistro this winter.
With travel restrictions still tying us down, chef-patron Christophe Dehosse’s “travel on a plate” series could not have come at a more opportune time.
Taking place at The Vine Bistro at Glenelly Estate in Stellenbosch throughout winter (until end-September), the French-inspired series will feature four iconic dishes, what chef Dehosse calls “must-try-once-in-your-lifetime meals”.
Thankfully, there’s no need to choose, as the four classic dishes will each star as a restaurant special for a week (Tuesday to Saturday, from June until end-September), giving patrons ample opportunity to savour them all.
1. Pied de port farci Stuffed pork trotters poached until tender, then roasted until crisp, and served with a charcuterie sauce, mashed potatoes and celery salad.
2. Lapin à la moutard Rabbit casserole with Dijon mustard and parsley sauce, served with celery purée and peas à la Française.
3. Pot au feu beef brisket, oxtail and shin, poached with winter vegetables, and served with gribiche sauce.
4. Quenelle de poisson sauce Nantua Fish mousse, poached and then baked in the oven, served with a shellfish sauce, pilaf rice and spring vegetables.
French Fridays at The Vine Bistro
What’s more, The Vine Bistro is hosting four special Friday feasts for the duration of winter, each of which will feature one of the four showstopping dishes.
Friday, 25 June
Starter Steamed leeks with parsley and caper vinaigrette
Main Stuffed pork trotters
Dessert Mont Blanc meringue with chestnut and chantilly cream
Friday, 30 July
Starter Cheese soufflé
Main Rabbit casserole
Dessert Profiteroles filled with vanilla-pod ice cream and hot-chocolate sauce
Friday, 3 September
Starter Truffled scrambled eggs in puff pastry
Main Pot au feu
Dessert Pears in red wine
Friday, 1 October
Starter Mussel soup infused with saffron
Main Quenelle de Poisson with Nantua Fish mousse
Dessert Strawberry tart
If you’re looking for a flavourful gourmet meal that will transport you into the heart of countryside cooking, you’ve come to the right place! Chef Dehosse and his team have outdone themselves with a nuanced and delicately compiled menu of classics.
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