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BBQ and a Taste of Spring
May 28, 2008   
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Warsaw's Blue Cactus restaurant introduced its Tastes of Spring and BBQ menus in May. The BBQ menu is available until early June. "If you love asparagus, you'll be happy to know that a lot of our courses include this wonderful vegetable," says the restaurant's Wiesława Szczep.

The Tastes of Spring starters include Blue Cactus' own version of gazpacho (zl.16) made from pureed bell peppers, tomatoes and onions and seasoned with oil, fresh basil and Tabasco sauce. A tasty alternative is the asparagus mousse (zl.16) with Riesling and toasted almonds. Main courses include delicate Italian asparagus gnocchi (zl.36) with sun-dried tomatoes and a creamy Riesling sauce, and lamb (zl.49) marinated in Dijon mustard, smoked and stuffed with a pesto sauce made from fresh mint leaves, caraway seeds and garlic. Especially noteworthy is the Ahi grilled tuna steak (zl.59) marinated in curry, sea salt and pepper.

Chef Ryszard Majewski has also prepared a special BBQ summer menu to bring out the restaurant's American flavor. "We'll be preparing our food in a piece of equipment imported from Texas that we've dubbed the locomotive," says Majewski. "This is a combined smokehouse and grill. Even the simplest dishes taste sensational as a result of passing through three cooking stages. First the meat is marinated in herbs, vegetables, wine or mustard. Then it is smoked for up to five hours and grilled for 5-7 minutes immediately prior to serving." The restaurant's pork T-bone Steak (zl.44) looks delicious prepared this way and served with Blue Cactus Jack Daniel's BBQ sauce. Lemon-flavored chicken thighs (zl.42) marinated in tequila, Tabasco sauce and lime and orange juices and grilled over oak shavings from Jack Daniel's whiskey barrels are also on the menu. Another recommended main course is Chimichurri steak (zl.47), beef marinated in Argentine Chimichurri sauce made from fresh herbs, chili, oil and garlic. "Our own range of preservative-free Blue Cactus BBQ sauces is something new," says Szczep. The five sauces-Blue Cactus Jack Daniel's BBQ sauce, its BBQ sauce with orange, the Blue Cactus BBQ sauce with juniper berries and plums, and a Hot Sauce and Blue Cactus Mustard-accompany every grilled dish served in the restaurant.

Magdalena Kuszewska

Try the Blue Cactus' Tastes of Spring and BBQ menus at 11 Zaj±czkowska St., tel. 0-22 851-23-23, open Mon.-Sat. noon-11 p.m., Sun. noon-10 p.m.
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