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mothers-day-flowersSurprise! Mother's Day is next Sunday, May 11th. Have you made plans yet? We think your mom deserves the very best dinner in town, don't you?

 

Call to make a reservation at the Bijou Cafe for Mother's Day! We have perfected ours throughout the years so all you have to worry about is the reservation, and of course what you are going to wear.

 

Our Chefs will be preparing the following delectable dishes for the special day, in addition to our complete award winning dinner menu!

 

Hurry and make your reservations for Mother's Day because she deserves it, and we fill up fast! 

 

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Mother's Day Menu Specials

To Start

Spring Vegetable Medley Soup
with puff pastry fleurons

or

Chilled Raspberry Champagne Soup

or

Our Famous Shrimp & Crab Bisque

Entrees

Filet of Florida Flounder
served with butter poached lobster and asparagus, topped with fresh citrus Hollandaise

or

Australian Rack of Lamb
Crusted with Dijon mustard and Herbes de Provence, sauced with a
Cabernet lamb reduction and topped with mint "gremolata,"

or

Chargrilled Center Cut Prime Veal Chop
with wild mushroom Forestiere and Parmesan gnocchi

And for Dessert!

Home made Chocolate Hazelnut Tart with Frangelico Chantilly cream.

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Bijou meatballsAs sad as we are to see many of our friends leave Sarasota for cooler climates, we're happy to have our town back for a while (less traffic at least)! For us, summer means First Fridays and pouring some of the best "juice" for our guests!

We are officially announcing the return of our First Friday Wine Tastings, from 5 to 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month during the summer, beginning Fri., May 2.

Wine merchants from around the area will be pouring wines and sharing knowledge with you. Passed hors d'oeuvres and an enormous cheese board to complement the wines are all included for just $18.

Grab your friends, enjoy the wine tasting, then join us for dinner! After dinner take a stroll around downtown. Most of the art galleries and shops are open late on First Fridays and there is even free entertainment on some of the street corners! No reservations are needed for the wine tasking, just get here early, it's first come, first served!

Guests will also be able to purchase discounted wines to take home or enjoy in the restaurant as part of the our semi-annual "Bin End Sale". We are clearing out our cellar to make room for new wines, so stock up! Take a bottle or a case, it's the best deal we're going to have all year!

See you May 2! Come hungry, bring your friends and plan to stay all night.

unnamedSpring has finally arrived and I am reminded of this quote:

"That is one good thing about this world...there are always sure to be more springs." - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

The joyous arrival of Spring means Easter is just around the corner. It is a wonderful time to enjoy our many blessings: family, friends, health, our beliefs, and, of course, chocolate bunnies!

We invite you and your family to The Bijou Cafe for our outstanding Easter Dinner where we will be offering our award winning Dinner Menu from 12 noon until 8:00pm Sunday April 20th.
 
For the Day's Specials, our chefs will be preparing our famous Australian Rack of Lamb with minted demi-glace sauce as well as Maple Glazed Virginia Baked Ham with all the trimmings. The Rack of Lamb has been a Bijou Cafe Specialty for 28 years and an Easter Dinner Favorite!
 
For the Catch of the Day, we will be featuring the freshest, local and most sustainable fish we can get. Our fish and seafood presentations are the talk of the town. On Easter you can be sure we will be offering the most delectable delights from the sea!

Be sure to save some room for our delightfully delicious and delectable desserts! Click here to see our complete menu.
 
And don't forget about our pommes to go! If you're serving Easter Dinner at home but still want a touch of the Bijou on your table, how about serving our Pommes Gratin Dauphinoise straight from your own oven? Bring in your oven proof casserole and we will fill it with our famous potatoes and have it ready for you to finish at home!
 
Be sure to call right away for reservations as this holiday sells out quickly. See you all soon!
 

vday bijouIf there is one thing we know how to do here at the Bijou, that's Valentine's Day. Our delicious food, paired with a beautiful ambiance and ideal location for a downtown Sarasota stroll after dinner, makes your Valentine's day as simple as calling for a reservation.
 
We have a special menu planned for February 14th with some of our regular's favorites! And nothing says "I love you" quite like JP's dark chocolate terrine with fresh raspberries and Chambord coulis for dessert, especially when it's paired with a glass of bubbly!
 
Presently, we are completely booked for Valentine's day, but we will also be serving this special menu Saturday and Sunday as well!
 
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day with your loved ones and we hope to see you soon.
 

Valentine’s Day Menu

Soups du Jour

French Onion Soup en Croute 8

Chilled Cream of Raspberry with Champagne 6

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To Start

Fresh Butter Poached Maine Lobster

On polenta gateau with caramelized fennel sauce 18

Red And Gold Beet salad

With fresh Mozzarella, candied walnuts and blood orange vinaigrette, sel gris 14

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Entrees

Bijou Surf & Turf

Chargrilled 5 oz Filet Mignon with grilled asparagus and Bearnaise sauce,

Fresh Maine Lobster served out of shell, with drawn butter 48

Chargrilled Prime Veal chop

With French herb gnocchi wild mushroom and cognac cream sauce 40

Pan Roasted Florida Grouper

With roasted winter vegetable, pecorino romano risotto and Meyer lemon beurre blanc 36

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Desserts

Flourless Dark Chocolate Terrine

With fresh raspberries and Chambord coulis 10

French Vanilla Pot de Crème,

chocolate dipped strawberry 8

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Valentine’s Special Champagne

Francoise Montand

Glass 8

Bottle 28

 

JP calls this menu his masterpiece. We think you are going to agree!

Here's the full menu for our Winemakers Dinner with Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard. This is part of the annual Forks and Corks Festival here in Sarasota and our special dinner with Mr. Grahm is on Fri., Jan. 24. Just a few seats left, call us now to get one! 

 

2014 Forks & Corks
Winemaker Dinner Menu

With your host
Randall Grahm


Tasty Bits to Start
Mini beef empanadas
Soy glazed Tuna Tartar Crisps
Seared duck liver with Apple confit

2011 ¿querry? Pear, Apple and Quince Cider

The Shellfish
Florida Stone crab en croute with caramelized fennel cream sauce

2012 Albariño, Kristy Vineyard & Jesperson Ranch 


Cenobite de la Mer
Oven roasted monkfish on yellow rice with sultanas and almonds, Thai yellow curry
2011 Le Cigare Blanc, Beeswax Vineyard, Arroyo Seco

Meyer Lemon Sorbetti with Limoncello


Beginning of the Ente
Pepper crusted Maple Farms seared duck breast with wild cherry sauce and gnocchi

2008 Cigare Volant, Santa Cruz
 

Agnellus ex Silentio
Australian Lamb Noisette Wellington with morel and cippolini

2012 A Proper Claret 


Dulce est desipere in loco
Bijou Chevre cheesecake with Yoder's farm honey drizzle and salted caramel sauce

2008 Vol des Anges

Bonny Doon Wine Dinner For Forks  Corks Menu

Randall Grahm_getting_tanked_Photographer_Alex_Krause_July_2006Esteemed, experimental and flamboyant winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard in Santa Cruz, Cal., will visit us at 6:30 p.m., on Fri., Jan. 24 for a winemaker dinner as part of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals' annual Forks & Corks food and wine festival.

The meal will feature five courses each paired with one of Bonny Doon Vineyard's wines and the opportunity to meet Randall Grahm in person. Grahm is one of California's most visible winemakers due to his marketing stunts, hand-drawn wine bottle labels by famous artists and his eclectic and experimental viticulture.

The full dinner menu will be released shortly.

Bonny Doon Vineyard wines served will include:

  • 2011 Querry Cider
  • 2012 Albariño (a very crisp, citrusy white)
  • 2011 Le Cigare Blanc (Roussanne/Grenache Blanc — a very unusual wine with good acidity but an underlying mineral tone)
  • 2012 A Proper Claret (a Bordeaux blend, lighter bodied)
  • 2008/09 Cigare Volant (Bonny Doon's flagship wine - Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Syrah)
  • 2008 Vol des Anges (a botrytised Roussanne/Grenache Blanc dessert wine)

Seating is extremely limited! Call us now at 366.8111 to reserve your seat, tickets are $100 per person excluding tax and gratuity.

jp as a boyWith Nelson Mandela’s recent passing, my memories of growing up in South Africa came flooding back. Christmas and the holidays, too, are a nice time to reminisce about childhood.

Since South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas is a summer holiday. It’s warm and sunny, and not a flake of snow or Jack Frost in sight. It’s quite funny to see store windows decorated with fake snow as if the “real Christmas” is only in the north!

With schools closed for the Christmas holidays, people head for the beaches or go camping. Even if staying at home for the holidays, Christmas dinner is usually an outdoor event. The traditional Braaivleis, or South African barbecue, is often a choice for people out in the country.

Although South Africa is a republic and its citizens are fiercely proud of their culture, there still remain some customs from the British influence many years ago. One of those is the Christmas meal which might be either turkey (or duck), roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, mince pies or suckling pig with yellow rice, raisins and vegetables, followed by Christmas Pudding or a traditional South African dessert called Malva Pudding (sometimes also called Lekker Pudding). Christmas crackers, those funny decorated paper tubes, are pulled, and everyone dons the silly paper hats that come flying out along with little toys and a fortune!

Many of my relatives have left South Africa and are now scattered all over the world. My cousin, Penny, lives in Western Australia and for their Christmas feast she usually does a rosemary and garlic slow roast lamb. She might also do a honey glaze ham or Cornish hens. A popular side dish is her cheesy potato bake consisting of sliced Nadine potatoes and thinly sliced onion, all absolutely drenched in butter and tangy cheddar cheese. Hmmm…sounds like a version of the Bijou's Pommes Gratin!

Another favorite is a roasted pumpkin salad with feta cheese on a bed of mixed greens. Penny makes a divine mushroom, bacon and corn savory rice too. We all know Aussies are mad about shrimp and prawns so they have chili barbecued prawns or shrimps. For dessert they feast on classic strawberry cream Pavlova and Tiramisu ice cream cake. And to drink, vodka fruit punch with watermelon, mint and strawberries, and white wine, usually a late harvest or Riesling. Sounds like a winner to me!

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season, a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!

 

And yes we are open New Year's Eve! Make a reservation with us on OpenTable online or call 941.366.8111

 

new years_eve_partyWe were very excited about the 100 reservations we had for our first New Year’s Eve dinner after opening the Bijou in 1986...Even though we only had seats for 50 people indoors.

We had an extra 24 seats outside on our awning-covered patio, which were quite comfortable but totally outside. The weather that morning was grim. It was cold and rainy and it appeared it wasn’t going to change soon. Going into the afternoon, it got worse by the minute. The rain started pounding down so hard it was seeping through the canvas awning and blowing in on the sides. The temperature kept dropping and it was beginning to look like we had a problem, Houston!

As on the stage and screen, the show must go on, regardless of challenges. The staff and I stapled plastic sheeting to the sides of the patio while my partner, Freddy Matson, went to a rental place and secured a space heater. It appeared the problem was solved, albeit not very attractively.

When Freddy fired up the heater we realized we were doomed. It ran on kerosene, and although it put out some serious heat, it stunk like the south end of a north bound jet. There was no way we were going to seat people out here and expect them to pay top dollar for a gala New Year’s Eve dinner!

Panic set in followed by wishful praying. I buried myself in my kitchen getting ready for the evening and trying to block out the impending disaster. Freddy, who was the maitre d', had nowhere to go except straight to panicsville! We were scheduled to open at 6pm. At 5:30, the rain suddenly stopped. The clouds gradually cleared and the temperature started rising as the front came through. We all directed a quick but sincere "thank you" towards the heavens and rushed around pulling the plastic sheets off. The kerosene heat blaster was banished to the trunk of Freddy’s car and the first guests were seated completely unaware of the terrifying moments preceding their entrance. A lesson was learned!

Two weeks later we applied for a loan to get that patio enclosed. It never happened again. Come see us this year to ring in the New Year. We have an excellent menu in the works, and our tables are filling up again! Multiple courses, bubbly for everyone when the clock strikes 12 and our elegant staff taking excellent care of you! To make a reservation, call 941.366.8111 or visit the Bijou Cafe on Open Table.

 

Sadly, the tradition of Thanksgiving has become a day to consume massive amounts of food, watch football on TV, and go shopping for Black Friday deals. This year some big name stores are open all day so you can part with your hard earned cash even sooner!

Thanksgiving Day began as a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations.

As tradition dictates, many families still come together to observe the feast, yet how many deep in their hearts really give thanks? We could be thinking of the gifts we are given each and every day. Waking up and knowing we are free to do whatever we choose with this day is the ultimate gift.

We are blessed to live in a country without war on our shores. We have freedom of speech and freedom of religion and we have the right to say what we want, and believe what we feel is right. While we have so much to be thankful for there are many in the world that are not so fortunate.

This quote from an unknown source is quite inspirational:

“If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of the world.

"If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change, you are among the top eight percent of the world's wealthy.

"If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the one million people who will not survive this week.

"If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation, you are luckier than the 500 million people who are suffering.

"If you can read this message you are more fortunate than over 2 billion people in the world who cannot read at all.”

— Author unknown

So let us put our differences aside for now and give thanks for every blessing we have. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

— JP

 

pieThanksgiving is a time to spend relaxing with friends and family. Burning the sweet potato casserole and drying out the turkey shouldn't be part of it! Join us at the Bijou Cafe this Thanksgiving for a meal you'll never forget.

We can also help you look like a professional chef! Do you love our famous Pommes Gratin Dauphinois made with cream, garlic, Gruyère cheese and scalloped potatoes? Bring in your casserole dish and we will fill it for you so you can finish them in your oven at home.

Take a look at our amazing Thanksgiving menu. We've been working hard in the kitchen so you don't have to. See you soon!

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 28, 2013

SOUPS DU JOUR

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with candied walnuts 6

Chilled Vichyssoise 6

Shrimp and Crab Bisque, fresh from the sea with a touch of cream and cognac 8

ENTREES

SAGE MAPLE ROASTED TOM TURKEY

with cornbread dressing, sweet potato, mashed potatoes, vegetables, giblet gravy and homemade cranberry sauce 28.95

Beaujolais Nouveau, Bouchard Aine & Fils, 28 bottle, 7 glass

PAN SEARED CARIBBEAN RED SNAPPER

With semolina gnocchi cake, grilled asparagus, lobster Thermidor sauce 34

2009 Grgich Hills Fume Blanc, Napa Valley, 40 bottle, 10 glass

BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIBS

Fork tender and glazed with a soy/molasses sauce, served with mashed potato and vegetables 34

2010 Chateau Tanunda, Grand Barossa, Shiraz 42 bottle, 10.50 glass

DESSERT

TRADITIONAL HOMESTYLE PUMPKIN OR PECAN PIE

with a dollop of fresh whipped cream 7

“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow”. Edward Sandford Martin

203Up north the leaves are displaying majestic golden hues while here in Florida, the auto transports are unloading! That's our sign that the holidays are just around the corner and it's time to plan your Thanksgiving Dinner or even Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve at the Bijou! 
If you have been away all summer, welcome back! If you are a permanent resident, it's always good to see you, so please give us a call!


We are offering our full dinner menu on Thanksgiving Day as well as several chef's specials and of course our famous Roast Carolina Turkey with all the trimmings. We will be open from noon to 8 p.m. so bring your friends and family. A turkey dinner is $28.95 per person and just $12 for children under 12. To RSVP for this festive and delicious Thanksgiving meal, call 941-366-8111 or make a reservation online at OpenTable.com

If you have a few more guests thank planned for that have decided to join you for the holiday season, we have the perfect solution! Our two private dining rooms are the perfect venue for your Holiday party. Office Christmas parties, luncheons, dinners, family get-togethers, Christmas Eve Dinner — we have just the room for you. To start planning the perfect party, call Karen Thomson, our General Manager at 941-366-8111. Her expertise in event planning will help make your event memorable and delicious! You can also take a peek inside our private rooms.

Stay warm in this cooler weather and we will see you at the Bijou Café soon!

BannerOne of the most amazing things about living in Sarasota is the art, history, and culture around every corner! There's no lack of shows and performances to attend and those between the ages of 21 and 40 can enjoy all of Sarasota's arts at an incredibly discounted rate!

Check out the Sarasota Culture Collective — for one annual membership fee you can attend all of Sarasota's arts attractions, such as the Sarasota Ballet, Opera, Ringling, Asolo, and so much more for the whole year.

In an effort to help support this awesome program, the Bijou is offering members of the Culture Collective a 15% discount on all dining. We are located right across the street from the Opera House, so we're the perfect place to stop before or after a show.

Take a look at our dinner menu and let us help you have the perfect evening of fine dining and arts in Sarasota. See you alll soon!

For more information about the Sarasota Culture Collective, click here.

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Ever have that burning desired to dive into an amazing chocolate mousse? Or crack through the crispy top of a creme brulee with a spoon?

We've got you covered with our recently revamped dessert menu, including some of the best sweets and treats in town. Whether you are looking for something zesty, like our Key Lime Panna Cotta, or something a bit light and sweet, like the Seasonal Fresh Fruit Crisp, we've got the just what you'd like!

You can indulge in these all by yourself, or you can share with others! After finishing a wonderful meal at the Bijou, there is no need to rush out and keep tackling the world's problems and your to do list. Take 10 more minutes to sit and relax with one of our new desserts. We promise it's worth every bite!

Our complete new dessert menu is online now, including some customer favorites, as well as a few new twists on traditional good stuff.

See you at the Bijou soon!

197Friday night and there is wine involved... do you need any more excuses to join us? How about a raffle of Bijou goodies?

This Fri., Oct. 4, is our last wine tasting of the season! This Summer has been incredible and we have had some amazing tastings in our First Friday series. If you still have not joined us for a First Friday wine tasting, or even if you are a regualr, we want to see you tomorrow to help us send out an amazing Summer season.

Jenn "Queen 'O Wine", Joe "Country Joe" Davis and James "Let's Make a Deal" Slusarz will be here promptly at 5pm to pour some tasty wines! As always, passed hors d'oeuvres, and a groaning cheese board along with 18 reds, whites and rosés for only $18 per person. It's a steal!

Since it is our last wine tasting of the Summer, we want to do something special! When you attend October 4, you will be entered into a raffle where you could win a gift card, a bottle of wine, or who knows what! We promise, you won't want to miss it though!

Join JP and the gang tomorrow night, October 4, at the Bijou Cafe from 5-7pm for fun, wine, and surprises!

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It is officially Fall and we feel the weather cooling. And now that the rain is holding off, it's time to celebrate! This week's Summer in the CIty menus are new and delicious. Our chefs are whipping up a moist roasted mojo chicken with chipolte potato salad. These menus run from September 28 to October 5, so hurry on over for lunch or dinner this week!

SUMMER IN THE CITY Dinner:
$32.95 per person

Choice of Starter:

zucSALAD MELANGE Chopped lettuce, radicchio, spinach, mushrooms, hearts of palm, bacon, egg, Point Reyes Blue, herb dressing

SOUP DU JOUR Hot and chilled specialties of the chef

SHRIMP & CRAB BISQUE Add $2

Choice of Entree:

ROASTED MOJO CHICKEN with chipolte potato salad and zucchini planks

BRAISED PORK SHANK with corn pudding and its own jus

ROASTED TOMATO CAPELLINI AND SHRIMP Olive oil, roasted garlic and tomatoes, sauteed spinach, basil, Grana Padano cheese

For Dessert: 

KEY LIME PANNA COTTA pistachio crumble

 

SUMMER IN THE CITY Lunch:
$16.95 per person

Choice of Starter:  

SALAD MELANGE Chopped lettuce, radicchio, spinach, mushrooms, hearts of palm, bacon, egg, Point Reyes Blue, herb dressing

SOUP DU JOUR Hot and chilled specialties of the Chef 

SHRIMP & CRAB BISQUE Add $2

Choice of Entree:  

ROASTED MOJO CHICKEN with chipolte potato salad and zucchini planks

GRILLED CLASSIC REUBEN Lean corned beef, marble rye, waffle chips

SAUSAGE PASTA PURSES with bacon scallion fresh tomato sauce

 

Click here for a reservation, or call 941.366.8111 today.

No meal is complete without a glass of wine, take a look at our menu.

DSC 7641How can you go wrong with a happy hour? We are thrilled Sarasota Herald-Tribune food editor Brian Ries put the Bijou Cafe on his list of the best "High-End Happy Hours" in Sarasota. We think our Happy Hour is pretty special as well!

We pride ourselves on delicious drinks and tasty bar bites (click the links to see more). And when you combine those with great company, it makes for the perfect evening.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

"For many people, happy hour is about 2-for-1 draft beers and cut-rate martinis, discount drinking during prime after-work hours, probably when you need it the most. Great for socializing with your co-workers or sloughing off stress, maybe, but there’s more to life than cheap drinks. Cheap food, for instance."

To read the complete article from Ticket Sarasota, click here.

Thank you to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for the great coverage! Come in today to try it for yourself.

Even though Fall has officially begun, we are still going to pretend it's Summer for a little while longer! This week's Summer in the CIty menus are filled with some hearty meals to get you through the transition. The chicken francaise with capers, mushrooms, and lemon sauce will make all your worries melt away, especially when it's paired with a delicious glass of wine! These menus run from September 21 to 27.

SUMMER IN THE CITY Dinner:
$32.95 per person

Choice of Starter:

chixcapMOROCCAN SALAD Fresh Florida citrus, dates, almonds and apples, balsamic vinaigrette

SOUP DU JOUR Hot and chilled specialties of the chef

SHRIMP & CRAB BISQUE Add $2

Choice of Entree:

CHICKEN FRANCAISE Thin scallopini of chicken breast, egg-dipped and sauteed with caper, mushroom, lemon sauce

GRILLED SIRLOIN STEAK Served with rissole potatoes and creamy truffle demi glace

RAINBOW TROUT  Sauteed and served with bacon cheddar grits and herb salad with micro-greens

For Dessert: 

BANANAS FOSTER Vanilla ice cream

 

SUMMER IN THE CITY Lunch:
$16.95 per person

Choice of Starter:  

MOROCCAN SALAD Fresh Florida citrus, dates, almonds and apples, balsamic vinaigrette

SOUP DU JOUR Hot and chilled specialties of the Chef 

SHRIMP & CRAB BISQUE Add $2

Choice of Entree:  

SIRLOIN STEAK SLIDERS On potato buns, roasted garlic aioli, pommes frites

CHICKEN FRANCAISE Thin scallopini of chicken breast, egg-dipped and sauteed with caper, mushroom, lemon sauce

RAINBOW TROUT Sauteed and served with bacon cheddar grits and herb salad with micro-greens

 

Click here for a reservation, or call 941.366.8111 today.

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Everyone deserves a treat! This Summer in the City's special dessert is one of our regulars' favorites: crème brûlée. It's light and smooth with a crispy, sweet top! There are only a few weeks left of our prix fix menus, so hurry on over and join us in downtown Sarasota for lunch or dinner. These menus run from September 14 to 20.

SUMMER IN THE CITY Dinner:
$32.95 per person

Choice of Starter:

cremebruleePEAR & BLUE CHEESE SALAD Maytag Blue, pecans, tomato, spinach and romaine tossed in a cider vinaigrette

SOUP DU JOUR Hot and chilled specialties of the chef

SHRIMP & CRAB BISQUE Add $2

Choice of Entree:

CHICKEN PAILLARD Organic chicken breast, sauteed in olive oil and garlic and served with roasted Mediterranean vegetables and sauteed spinach, finished with lemon and butter

"BRAAILEIS" MIXED GRILL Farmer's sausage, lamb chop and strip steak, served with South-African grits, grilled tomato and chutney

FLORIDA FLOUNDER  Potato crusted served with brown butter and capers

For Dessert: 

AMARULA CREME BRULEE

 

SUMMER IN THE CITY Lunch:
$16.95 per person

Choice of Starter:  

PEAR & BLUE CHEESE SALAD Maytag Blue, pecans, tomato, spinach and romaine tossed in a cider vinaigrette

SOUP DU JOUR Hot and chilled specialties of the Chef 

SHRIMP & CRAB BISQUE Add $2

Choice of Entree:  

FLOUNDER ALA MEUNIER Brown butter suace and lemon, served with rice and veg du jour

HERBED CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH On toasted marble rye served with sweet potato chips

"BRAAIVLEIS" FARMER'S SAUSAGE Served with South-African style grits and grilled tomato

 

Click here for a reservation, or call 941.366.8111 today.

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The Observer joined us "in the kitchen" last week and got their hands dirty! We shared our delicious Shrimp Piri Piri recipe for everyone to try and whip up at home. If you aren't the best cook, you can always join us in the restaurant and we will happily take care of the cooking for you.

420179 560244917327737_1055428548_nShrimp Piri Piri

Ingredients:
• 1 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined with tail on; pat dry
• 1/2 cup white wine
• splash of lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons softened butter

For marinade:
• 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1 tablespoon paprika
• 1 tablespoon minced garlic
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
Toss all together and marinate 4 to 5 hours.

Instructions:
In an extremely hot pan, salt and sear the shrimp. Flip them over and add marinade, white wine and lemon juice. Reduce sauce and swirl in soft butter.

To read the complete article by The Observer, click here. Want to make a reservation? Click here or call us at 366-8111.



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