Ready for dinner?
The Mandarin Oriental just launched a new wine dinner series at Asiate. And you know how much I love this hotel.
Franck Girard was our host for the Domaine Serene event earlier this week. Four courses, six wines, and dinner with Jessica (so happy to see you :)…I couldn’t have asked for a nicer evening.
“R” Rosé at the reception, and Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay 2010 at the table.
Chef Angie Berry sent out a number of whimsical bites followed by…
…my favorite dish of the night. Hamachi sashimi with house-cured lardo, preserved cherry blossoms, and white soy ponzu. A perfect summer composition…
…followed by salmon tartar and caviar cream.
12 people at one table, loved the intimate setting. Needless to say, we made a few friends by the end of the night ;)
The bison was paired with Pinot Noir, the Evenstad Reserve 2008. Lift the dome…
…and ta-dah. Smoked bison with red plums and toasted hazelnuts.
Annie Turso (previously at Per Se) is the sommelier at Asiate. Wish I had just a small fraction of her wine knowledge. Impressive woman.
With duck we drank Pinot Noir from two different vintages. The “Jerusalem Hill Vineyard” 2009 and 2004. Such a treat. The duck breast was completed with caramelized pain perdu and sour cherries.
Time for cheese. Liquid raclette in a warm bread bowl. Housemade “granola” (a nod to the winery’s Oregon location) on the spoon. Paired with Rockblock SoNo Syrah NV.
Can you believe I forgot to snap a photo of dessert? Alas! Two things you must remember: basil macarons and perfect apricot pâte de fruits.
I’ve got my eye on the next two upcoming champagne dinners: Billecart-Salmon and Dom Perignon ohlala ^_^