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The décor is unmistakably 18th century Parisian decadence – the low hanging black Baccarat chandeliers, over sized gold framed mirrors, and reflecting period paintings that hang from the ceiling, along with the deep coloured velvet draping and Persian carpets set the scene of opulence at the brand new Louis XVI restaurant. Located in the heart of Rosebank’s Design District, Johannesburg – this establishment’s décor which is inspired by the last king of France and his extravagant queen Marie-Antoinette will cater for local and international discerning jet-set restaurant lovers. However, it is not just the interior that will have you mesmerised, the culinary delights are absolutely mouth-watering leaving you with a feeling of having a meal prepared by a fantastic home cook rather than a fancy haute cuisine chef. The food is as hearty as it is unpretentious. “Louis XVI will serve traditional French food”, says French owner Stephane Cohen, “The dishes will comprise of recipes that are centuries old and will come from some of the oldest regions in France, you will basically indulge in food that you’d think your grandmother has cooked, but in a beautiful surrounding”. Holding the culinary reigns is executive chef Bruno Beurel who hails from France. Beurel, who has worked in some of the finest restaurants in Paris, comes from Alsace (north of France), which is one of the regions renowned for its superb food. “I come from a area where food is a passion but in a very simple but tasty way, my aim is to make the dishes as authentic as they are in their province”, says Beurel. The eatery will serve meals which will include the famous pâte de foie gras made from duck or goose liver (which will be home-made), French onion soup, coquilles St Jacques (scallops) and filet de St Pierre (white fish fillet), coq au vin (cock in wine sauce), fillet de bœuf sauce Dijonnais, (fillet beef in Dijon sauce) and the fabulous tender but crispy confit de canard du Périgord (duck confit) among other delights. And the sweet toothed have not being left out, the menu will offer an assortment of typical treats such as crème brûlée, crêpe Suzette and mille feuilles aux fraises (strawberry cake) and much more. And what would a French restaurant be without their famed cheeses? The menu will have nine choices of the best cheeses from the country including blue veined Roquefort, Camembert and Brie. The wine list also holds its own – there will be a choice of South African and French fine wines as well as an array of French champagne including Krug, Veuve Cliquot, Dom Pérignon and Moet et Chandon. Culminating this entire 18th century eating experience with a dash of modernity will be the waitrons who will wear specially designed Louis XVI era costumes with authentic white wigs associated with the Palace de Versailles Court – completing the look with gold edgy sneakers. And in true Parisian style, the kitchen will be open till 12 mid-night, enabling you to sneak in that late dinner, or pre-midnight snack. The restaurant which can seat up to 90 people also happens to be in the same vicinity as two of the City of Gold’s premium night clubs, Moloko and Latinova, so if you are not keen on roaming the city from restaurant to club, Louis XVI will be the most ideal and glamorous place to start of the evening before ending the night at either of the clubs or both. Three-course meal will average between R250 – R300; Opening times from 18:30, Tuesday to Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday); Address: 160 Jan Smuts Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg; Tel. (011) 447 6244 www.louisxvi.co.za. Louis XVI is open for corporate functions.
|Tel number||(011) 4476244|
|Physical address||160 Jan Smuts & cnr 7th, Rosebank,|
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