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Johannesburg bistro to offer starters for R1

Heads up, Jozi foodies! Birnam restaurant Bistro Michel will be celebrating owner Michel Morand’s 25th anniversary in South Africa by offering diners starter dishes for the grand sum of R1.

Bistro Michel's sesame oil grilled chicken breast on a bed of fresh salad leaves. Photo supplied.

Bistro Michel’s sesame oil grilled chicken breast on a bed of fresh salad leaves. Photo supplied.

From Monday 24 October to Sunday 6 November 2016, guests will pay just R1 for starters like smoked trout with cucumber ribbons; duck and rice noodle salad; snails sautéed and served in gratinated potato; homemade duck liver pâté with melba toast; onion soup topped with Emmental croutons; lamb kidneys sautéed with mushrooms served with Burgundy sauce and Bistro Michel’s homemade terrine accompanied by onion confit.

Duck and rice noodle salad. Photo supplied.

Duck and rice noodle salad. Photo supplied.

Says Morand: “The South African public has been incredibly good to me over the past 25 years and I have so many loyal customers who have regularly visited my restaurants throughout the years – from Gatrile’s to Auberge Michel and now Bistro Michel. So I felt it was time to reward them with a little something to help me celebrate my silver anniversary of being in South Africa.”

Bistro Michel's goat's cheese salad, made with cheese by award-winning producer, Pepe Charlot. Photo supplied.

Bistro Michel’s goat’s cheese salad, made with cheese by award-winning producer, Pepe Charlot. Photo supplied.

Michael Morand trained at France’s Thonon Hotel School before being made butler for First General Dupont de Dinechin, Inspector General of the French Military Forces. The chef resettled in South Africa 25 years ago, where he operated Gartile’s and Auberge Michel. Most recently, Michael opened Bistro Michel in the Blubird Shopping Centre in 2015.

Diarising the dates? There is some fine print: the promotion is limited to one starter per person and is valid at this price provided the diner also orders a Bistro Michel main course (includes hamburgers). The offer runs for lunch and dinner – and booking is recommended.

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