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Anne Leusch has now officially taken over the reins at La Madeleine, with dad Daniel Leusch only helping out with groups and larger events. Anne is of course blowing a new breath into the food, but all the time staying within the footprints her left over three and a half decades of owning and operating La Madeleine in Pretoria.
An innovative boundary pushing amuse bouche of poached quail egg on a bitter chocolate ganache biscuit sets the tone for a meal that is at the same time classic and familiar. Cauliflower purée with sweetbreads, truffles and red wine jus is light, rich and decadent. Butter poached langoustines with egg noodles and salmon roe is a reinterpretation of one of her parents most iconic dishes. Quail ballotine with mushroom filling, carrot and yuzu mash and a herb mayo is followed by a palate cleanser of mango and rum sorbet, the rum sourced from a local producer in Mpumalanga, Mhoba. ‘Englishman’ fish with fresh mussels, clams and a pea and star anise purée shows serious skill and dexterity by the chef. And no meal is complete at La Madeleine without some interpretation of macerated strawberry brunoise with rhubarb and strawberry sorbet.
One of the best memories for people who have frequented La Madeleine over the years is starting the evening with a Kir Royale, Peach Bellini or a glass of delicious French cider. While they have an impressive and comprehensive wine list, one can always be guided by the staff who know the wines in detail and are happy to make affordable suggestions. And after dinner beverages are equally impressive and delicious, such as a glass of delicious Pommeau de Normandie.
Aboubakar Fofana has been with La Madeleine for many years and provides a lovely Afro-French flair to the service, ably assisted by Kevin Jerekayi who could sell ice to Eskimos and a small team of service staff who are always attentive and on point.
The restaurant interior has recently had a make-over, adopting a fresher, seaside Mediterranean look of cool blues and light colours making for an inviting venue. In winter there is a nice fireplace to warm things up, and in summer few things are nicer than having Sunday lunch around the pool outside. The clientele that frequent La Madeleine is always interesting to behold, ranging from long-standing regulars to young people – some of whose parents and grandparents may have introduced them to La Madeleine - who obviously also enjoy the understated elegance of this long-standing bistro.
A grown-up dining experience.
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