Allee Bleue in the Franschhoek valley has got winter all wrapped up with
a choice of heart-warming deals that offer excellent value for money,
whether a Sunday lunch with live jazz or a plate of comfort food at the
Bistro paired with a glass of estate wine.
With its distinctive avenue of blue gum trees, this historic estate is at the centre of the famous wine routes of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl – there’s never been a better time to round up family or friends and head out to Allée Bleue than this winter.
Starting on 3 June, Jazzed Up Sundays offers a winning combination: a generous lunch buffet with live music for only R145 a person (R85 for kids under 10). From jazz and swing through to sultry Latin, the line-up on Sundays promises an authentic taste of the local music scene. Guests are invited to make the most of the traditional ‘Sunday roast’ served buffet style from 12h00 to 15h00. There’s plenty of time to enjoy a selection of roasted meats, irresistible salads, decadent desserts and local farm cheeses.
Many of the ingredients used by Allée Bleue’s Executive Chef Glen Ferus are produced on the estate, including a full range of fresh herbs, mission olives and extra-virgin olive oil. And then there are Allée Bleue’s wines to order with lunch, ranging from easy drinking reds and whites to a delicious limited-release MCC bubbly and the flagship Isabeau (a white blend) and L'Amour Toujours (a red blend).
Allée Bleue Bistro has introduced a special winter ‘plat du jour’ menu, featuring real comfort food like Braised Oxtail with Potato Mash and Vegetables, Prawn Curry with Rice and Vegetables, Springbok Shanks with Celery Puree and Pumpkin, and Lentil Stew with Frankfurters. These Winter Hotties are a steal at just R75 a plate. Complementing the daily specials will be Chef Ferus’s full winter menu of starters, light meals, mains and desserts. A Franschhoek-focused wine list provides a natural showcase too for Allée Bleue wines, which are all available by the glass at cellar-door prices. Service in the chic blue and white bistro is warm and inviting, and the atmosphere is relaxed. Children are welcomed too with an outdoor play area and a kid-friendly menu.
The Bistro recently joined Street Smart, and is proud to be associated with this successful fundraising initiative that supports the rehabilitation of street children. Restaurant patrons are invited to add a minimum of R5 to their bill, with all funds raised in this way by member restaurants directly benefiting two Franschhoek community projects, namely Kusasa Project and Youth Empowerment Action (YEA). In addition, Street Smart has launched Soup Season at member restaurants during the chilly winter months. For each bowl of soup that is ordered – at the Bistro, expect the likes of butternut and orange, pea and mint, or potato and leek soup – Allée Bleue will donate an additional R5 per bowl to Street Smart.
The Bistro is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 08h00 to 17h00, while the wine tasting and courtyard (with a menu of cheese platters and light meals) is open daily from 10h00 to 17h00. For reservations call 021 874 1021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on Allée Bleue visit www.alleebleue.com.