The winter event that’s worth leaving your lounge for: Enjoy fine food, well-paired wine and Live Jazz at The 41!
The 41 is the brainchild of Parisian born, Gilles Blanc; a restaurateur with wanderlust who first experienced success opening restaurants in Singapore and Malaysia. He first fell in love with Cape Town on what was meant to be a short visit, en-route to Sao Paulo to begin a new venture. However, plans changed while sipping on a cappuccino at Tuscany Beach Restaurant (now The 41) in Camps Bay, he realised that the location would be the ideal spot to open his next restaurant.
The 41 was inspired by Gilles’ favourite restaurant in Paris is called Le Quarante et un, which literally translates to The 41. When he discovered that the Tuscany Beach Restaurant was located on 41 Victoria Road, the coincidence was too astounding to ignore.
The unique menu offers guests European influenced dishes, while championing South Africa produce. A space that strives to please both locals and tourists alike, Gilles encourages the restaurant’s Executive Chef, Aristotle Ragavelas, to prepare dishes with simplified flair, as to showcase the natural flavours of the food, unhindered by excess spice or heavy sauces.
Jazz on the Bay
Jazz on the Bay, a once a month event taking place throughout winter, is The 41’s newest exciting project. Designed to be a cosy, winter night out, it gives guests a chance to enjoy live music, fine food and excellent wines. The winter set menu consists of five Asian inspired courses made with fresh local ingredients and is paired with Mud House wine, cultivated in the cool climatic region of South Island, New Zealand. Flagstone Wines are also featured, produced under the philosophy of ‘while vines need to be pruned, ideas must be left to grow wild’.
The first of this series of Jazzy dining gatherings kicks off on Thursday, 14 June with a live performance by Dan Shout.
The venue is just right for this occasion, elegantly designed with stylish décor, the restaurant has a gorgeous bar, a roaring fireplace and ambient lighting. The menu is made up of refined dishes that are still comforting on a cold night. With the aim of highlighting the produce, the dishes are free of excess and each flavour is allowed to shine.
On arrival guests will receive a glass of Da Lucca Prosecco as a welcome drink. The menu for the night begins with Tuna Tartare, Lavash Bread with Herb Aioli paired with a glass of Free Run Sauvignon Blanc. The tuna is delicious in its simplicity and the herb aioli compliments the tender pieces of fish swimmingly.
The Butternut, Coriander and Coconut Soup starter, paired with the Two Roads Chardonnay, is a winter classic, silky smooth, it’ll warm you right up.
Next, you’ll enjoy Calamari with Pesto and a Potato nest, paired with the Treaty Tree Sauvignon Blanc & amp Semillon blend. The calamari is perfectly seasoned and tender, it works wonderfully with the pesto and a touch of grated parmesan. The potato nest adds a delicious, crispy textural element to the dish.
The Ostrich Ragu Thai Curry served with Beetroot Chips is accompanied by the Mud House Pinot Noir, a wine that pairs beautifully with the gamey meat. The fragrant Thai sauce is creamy and flavourful, an interesting combination with the ostrich, while the beetroot chips add a bit of crunch.
Finally, to wrap up the evening, guests will be served a decadent indulgence of Aphrodisiac Crème Brulee served with the new Bees Knees Sauvignon Blanc. The Crème Brulee’s perfect crisp caramel top cracks open to reveal the silky custard beneath; the subtle basil flavour incorporated into the custard makes the dish something special, and the phyllo cigar is a welcome addition.
In July, guests will be serenaded by the sounds of Marc de Kock, followed by Amy Campbell and her band in August.
A celebration of fine food and jazz, this event offers locals a reason to dress up and get out the house this winter for something a little different.
R295 per guest includes food, wine and entertainment.
Bookings in advance essential, book your place now!
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For more information visit The 41 Facebook page.
Directions to The 41
41 Victoria Road
021 437 0558