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Bistro Michel

July 22, 2015

Bistro Michel

The other night I went out for dinner with some friends of mine, we went to Bistro Michel in the Blu Bird Centre. I’m not sure how many of you have heard of this restaurant, I only discovered it a couple of months back, but I really like it so I thought I would share it with you here.

Bistro Michel is a French style bistro owned, by you guessed it a gentleman named Michel, who has been a chef for over 33 years and is actually a former owner of the first restaurant in South Africa to be awarded a Five Star rating by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. So if you were wondering if the food is good, wonder no more.

This restaurant is beautifully decked out with a well designed Parisian inspired interior that makes you feel like you could be sitting somewhere overseas. When you walk in you’re immediately hit by the amazing smells coming from the open plan kitchen, it’s awesome. The owner believes that people should come to a restaurant for the whole experience and not just because they’re hungry. I agree.


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Bistro Michel’s menu is simple, but full of quality dishes that are made from the freshest ingredients, it’s set to change all the time based on how Michel feels and what interesting produce is available.

We had the Lamb Shank Braised with Guiness Beer and served with Cauliflower Purée (R125) and Gratin de Macaroni and Truffle (R35) on the side. This dish was not only good to look at, but good to eat too.

We also had Poached Skate Wing served with Bercy Sauce on a bed of Sweet Potatoes (R115) and Poele of Green Beans with Shallot, Parsley Butter (R31). This was my very first time trying out Skate Wing and it definitely won’t be my last, it was so soft and flaky and the sauce that it was swimming in was amazing. I almost went swimming in it! For dessert we had Chocolate Fondant which was served with Crème Anglaise (R45). Need we say more?

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Contact: 011 440 0769

Operating hours: Mondays closed

Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Thursday to Saturday, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Sundays, 10:30 am to 5:00 pm

Address: Blubird Shopping Centre, Corner Atholl-Oaklands Road And Fort Street Birnam, Johannesburg, Gauteng

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