Anna Kakuba visits The Bistro for a sneak peak of their upcoming Christmas menu and enjoys a leisurely meal paired with delicious wine.
Christmas means a lot of things to me: it’s a time to stock up on Christmas movies that always have a miracle theme like nothing else happens during this time of the year, it’s a time when relatives and friends return home for the holidays, bringing with them new clothes, new accents and a reason to add “tour guide” to my CV because suddenly, it seems, the city has ‘changed so much!’. What I always look forward to most is the food because for some reason, the best food is always served on Christmas.
In the spirit of the season, I sat down to sample a meal at The Bistro, a multi cuisine restaurant right in the middle of Kisementi that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant is located amid a spacious patio surrounded by green leafy vegetation that provides some privacy for those who would prefer to sit outside. Inside, soft strands of music play in a dimly lit lounge with a Parisienne vibe offering seating options ranging from dining tables set with fine linen to cushy sofas where guests can recline after a heavy meal .
Along the walls are large chalkboards upon which inspiring quotes are written in attractive calligraphy. The staff are warm and hospitable and the pleasant owner Jasjit Mangat (JJ) plays host to guests who are welcomed into their doors. JJ’s dream, as I soon came to learn, was to open up a bistro where people from all walks of life could have a meal or a drink and feel at home. In the spirit of inclusivity, this holiday season, The Bistro will have a Christmas roast of various meats with chocolate mousse for dessert from December 18th to December 25th for Ugshs 45,000 per person.
I got the chance to have a sneak peak of the Christmas menu and indulged in a plate of roast turkey and potato croquettes paired with a glass of chardonnay from KWV wines. The turkey was succulent and paired beautifully with the mix of gravy and cranberry sauce, creating the perfect balance of savoury and sweet. The slow cooked turkey had been marinated in garlic, olive oil, rosemary, lemon juice, salt and black pepper before being cut carefully into oval boneless chops with tender flesh on the inside and a moist, crispy brown skin on the edges.
The potato croquettes were coated with garlic, served with a delicious gravy and a dash of sweet chilli. The plate was garnished with a pumpkin roll filled with green peas and carrots which gave the meal a pop of colour. The chardonnay was a perfect pair for this turkey roast. Its fruitiness and creamy finish wonderfully complemented the garlic in the turkey.
The chocolate mousse dessert was definitely the icing on the cake. It was near impossible to remember good table manners and resist the urge to lick all the chocolate off the spoon after having the rich and slightly dense dessert Its ingredients included: authentic Belgian chocolate)a cream topping and a cherry to garnish. With Christmas around the corner, turkey prices steadily rising and recycled ideas for the holidays, dine out with a loved one or family member and sit back in the cosy sofas at The Bistro with a glass of wine in hand. I’m sure that will be my plan for Christmas: a good meal, love, soft music and a chilled bottle of chardonnay.