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South American Flavors
September 17, 2008   
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The Blue Cactus restaurant, which specializes in Southwestern American cuisine, has a new special menu for September. "Our special menu has been devised with Chilean wines in mind, which we highly recommend," says the restaurant's Piotr Komór. The new menu was mostly compiled by chef Ryszard Majewski, while a Chilean expert selected the accompanying wines.

Majewski proposes smoked tomato soup (zl.16) with a savory jalapeno pastry for starters. "Wine is not normally served with soup but our expert has chosen wines that not only soothe the palate, but also accentuate the flavor of the soup," says Komór, who recommends Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio or Riesling (zl.19 per glass). Classic empanadas (zl.24) stuffed with beef and served with a green chili salsa are another option, this time with a glass of Casillero del Diablo (zl.14).

Beef entrecôte steak (zl.47) is the pick of the main courses. "We marinade the steak in rum and marjoram and serve it straight from the frying pan with parsley pesto, three salsas and country-style, chili-flavored French fries," says Majewski. "We particularly recommend Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz or Cabernet Franc (zl.19 per glass) to go with the steak." If the steak doesn't grab you there is always the grilled lamb (zl.52) described by Majewski as "marinated in a smoked chipotle pepper sauce and served with crispy bacon and a spicy sweet-potato puree." Try a glass of Marqués de Casa Concha (zl.21) with this one.

The menu also caters for seafood lovers with prawns served with coriander and chili prawns (zl.52) served in a creamy tomato peanut and coconut milk sauce. "We serve the prawns with coconut rice and mixed vegetables," says Majewski. Marqués de Casa Concha (zl.21) is just the wine to bring out the flavor of this dish.

Grilled haddock (zl.49) in a mango and chili sauce served with coriander rice makes for a scrumptious fish dish. "Our expert suggests that Casillero del Diablo Pinot Noir (zl.14) accompany it," adds Komór. And so on to the desserts. The "Sweet and Sour" dessert (zl.19) is a grilled banana in a caramel sauce with a peach sorbet. The "Banana Madness" (zl.19) is a banana cake with walnuts served with ginger and cinnamon ice-cream.

MK

Special new menu served until end of September
Blue Cactus Restaurant, 11 Zajączkowska St., Warsaw
tel. 22 851 23 23
Open from midday
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