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Chicken and prawn potjie at Allee Blue Restaurant
Bistro Allée Bleue in Franschhoek will be warming hearts and palates during the upcoming chilly winter months with some fabulous pocket-pleasing specials from head chef Glen Ferus.

 Visitors to the estate will be able to choose from three lunch options from as little as R85 for a delicious and filling chicken and prawn potjie with roti paired with a glass of the estate’s Isabeau or Shiraz. Bistro Allée Bleue’s wine list focuses strongly on the estate’s own wines, all available by the glass at affordable cellar door prices, together with a few select wines from the Franschhoek region.

A glass of estate wine is also included with the three-course pairing menu for R150. Start with the light and complementary flavours of creamy goat’s cheese wrapped in salty Parma ham, followed by a hearty bowl of bouillabaisse, the traditional Provencal fish stew seasoned with garlic, orange peel, basil, bay leaves, fennel and saffron, which reflects Chef Ferus’s sophisticated European influences. Finish with the ultimate in winter comfort desserts, a rich, moist, sticky malva pudding enrobed in hot custard.

Fitting in the middle is the third option, a lighter three-course lunch for R100 a person, which begins with the soup of the day, guaranteed to chase away any winter blues. It’s followed by succulent confit of duck and finishes with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Who needs gloves when you can wrap your hands around that?

With plenty of global experience and a mandate to develop a dynamic food culture on the estate, Ferus is making full use of the wealth of gourmet ingredients on offer under the Allée Bleue banner, from fresh herbs to extra-virgin olive oil. The emphasis in all his dishes is on fresh produce with local provenance and an intensity of flavour.

Stylish and contemporary with crisp blue decor, the bistro-style restaurant is set in a beautiful, restored Cape Dutch building at the entrance to the Allée Bleue estate in the heart of the Cape winelands. Within striking distance of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl, it is the perfect meeting place for any occasion.

Bistro Allée Bleue is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch and on special occasions in the evenings. For reservations call (27) (21) 874 1886 or email [email protected]