French Affair – By Joanne Scott

French-Affair-–-By-Joanne-ScottA fresh pain au chocolat, a piping hot coffee …. and you’re instantly transported to France. A la Bouffe is like walking into a bistro you’d find on a quiet side street in Paris. Chef Romuald Denesle focuses on French dishes that haven’t been hijacked by overcomplicated techniques and some unpronounceable foam. Think classic Moules a la Normande (mussels cooked in cider and cream) and comforting bowls of French onion soup, topped with crispy cheesy croutons. We’re salivating just thinking about it. If you’re looking to launch a new romance or just keep an old flame alive, then the wine pairing evenings are a must. The combo of plate-licking-worthy dishes and wines from SA’s best boutique estates are irresistible. Think poached duck egg, asparagus, fine beans salad with a crisp Marianne Sauvignon Blanc. Be warned though … this may have severe side effects that include increased appetite and an unfamiliar tingling sensation in your heart. Continue this French affair by popping into the French Market on the last Saturday of every month. You can pick up anything from beautiful imported olive oil to exquisite linen. And obviously, enjoy a pastry or two while you peruse the goodies. But wait, there’s more … you can tuck into an authentic roast every Sunday. You can opt for a two or three course meal but we think the three course is worth it … you can’t beat chicken liver pâté, then a succulent beef striploin, all finished with a trio of ice cream. A La Bouffe, 7th Street Linden. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Closed on Mondays.

Leisure Options August 25 – September 10, 2015

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