Claudette Gourjux has an impressive pedigree when it comes to authentic French cuisine. Good news is that this Lyon born restaurateur is presenting her food this week at Morningside’s Bistro Dolce Vita. Her previous ventures have included acclaimed eateries Les Délices de France and Le Canut, and she will be keeping the menu authentically French with a few options.
For starters, tatin de tomates cerises et son pistou (tomato tart with pesto), vol au vent d’escargots au Riesling (snails in puff pastry), mousse de truite saumonee fumee (smoked trout mousse) and soupe a l’oignon lyonnaise (French onion soup) will be served.
Mains will include filet de boeuf forestiere et pommes frites (beef fillet with porcini and French fries), entrecôte café de Paris et pommes frites (sirloin with café de Paris butter and French fries), filet de poisson du jour sur fondue de poireaux, beurre blanc (fish fillet in a beurre blanc sauce), supreme de volaille à la provençale (chicken breast in a provençale tomato based sauce) and flan de courgettes et carottes au cumin (carrot and courgette bake).
For dessert, Ile flottante et son caramel (floating islands), mousse au chocolat noir, coulis de framboise (chocolate mousse with raspberry coulis), mille-feuille Napoleon aux fraises (puff pastry with strawberries) and poires “Haeberlin” (pears with zabaglione and pistachio ice cream) will be served.
Says Gourjux: “I have spent my career promoting French food. We opened Les Delices de France as I wasn’t happy with the standard of authentic French cuisine in this country. Since it has closed, I have missed interacting my customers, so I am delighted to be back to showcase my food and reconnect with diners.”
Bistro Dolce Vita is owned and run by Chef Jackie Righi-Boyd and her husband Clayton Boyd (the owners of Craighall’s popular Dolci Café, which is regarded as one of Johannesburg’s best Italian restaurants) as well as their partner Sergio Caon, who previously owned and ran Treviso Café in Craighall and who still operates a thriving boutique sourdough bread business.
Bistro Dolce Vita is situated in The Regent complex, 21 West Rd South, Morningside. Telephone: 011 581 0232. It is open from Monday to Thursday 07:00 – 20:30; Friday 07:00 – 16:00 and Saturday and Sunday 08:00 – 14:30.