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The Blue Train LogoThe Blue Train
South Africa

The World's Leading Luxury Train

The Finest Cuisine

42-seater Dining Car
In the soft glow of individual table
lamps, dew-fresh flowers, crisp linen,
fine bone china and classic silver
cutlery make for setting as
memorable as the dishes that follow.
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The Blue Train provides fine wining and dining by carefully selecting the best South African wines to complement gourmet cuisine.

The wine list recently received the sought-after Diners Club Award of Approval.

In keeping with the classically romantic ambience of the 42-seater dining car, lunch is an elegantly casual affair, while dinner is more formal.

A sophisticated, opulent atmosphere, gourmet menu and the finest South African wines make dining on the new Blue Train a magnificent experience.

The Blue Train's business manager Kishore Seegoolam, in consultation with his own team of chefs, has created a menu to delight the most discerning palate.

Only the freshest ingredients meet Blue Train standards. Meals and snacks are prepared by six chefs in the streamlined kitchen, designed to Seegoolam and Blue Train engineers' exacting specifications. Says Seegoolam: " We have chosen to stay with the SA cuisine, and the meals are filling but light and we are confident that the menu meets the five-star standard of the world's leading hotels.
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Guests are offered a choice of entrees, soup, fish, meat dishes, desserts, coffee and friandises, all beautifully presented. Typically South African fare includes Karoo lamb, kabeljou, Knysna oysters, snoek, crayfish and impala. Also offered is an abundant array of the finest South African fruit and vegetables. Vegetarian, Kosher and Halaal meals will be provided on request.

The Blue Train is a showcase for South African wines which have been selected to compliment each course on the menu after meticulous consultation with top South African wine experts.

On the Blue Train, dining never stops. Breakfast, lunch and supper are the main meals and High Tea is served each afternoon in the Lounge Car. Part of the High Tea fare will be cucumber sandwiches, dainty cakes, fresh scones and cream and other irresistible delicacies with an assortment of fine teas and coffees. Another attraction of the opulent Lounge Car is the giant-size TV screen revealing the unfolding scenery from the front-of-train camera.

Another lounge car called The Club Car, has a more masculine ambiance and is expected to find favor with those seeking a peaceful place for after-dining cognacs, coffees or cigars.


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Delicious snacks are served in compartments by the guests' personal butler. To make the dining experience even more satisfying, the cost of all meals and drinks is included in the train fare.


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The ambiance of the Dining Car and Lounge Cars is one of warm elegance. Large windows allow for panoramic views of the passing countryside. Incandescent lighting gains added warmth from individual lamps on each table gently highlighting the beautifully detailed burled wood paneling and original South African artworks.

The Blue Train is equipped with the finest bone china in white, cut-crystal and classic silver cutlery engraved with the familiar B insignia. Dew-fresh flowers add emphasis to the attention to detail. Menu cards are royal blue with a gold cord; a color representation of the region through which guests are traveling is included for that extra Blue Train touch.

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