January 2014 archive
The finishing touch to a great meal is a good glass of wine. Since we’ve always kept our members’ culinary needs in very high regard, our curators at GourmetItUp launched our first Swirl Fest on the 16th of January. We have partnered with a number of wine brands to curate six exceptional experiences with complimentary wines. But before you swirl, smell and sip with us, let’s get to know these wines a little better:
THE SULA BRUT
This comparatively new sparkling wine is made in the true champinoise style and pairs perfectly with our experiences. The Sula Brut goes great with our Festa Italiana Experience at Pizza Metro Pizza. The light creamy texture of the wine works well with the aperitifs; the Zuchini e Melanzane Frites, the Frittura Di Calamari and our personal favorite, the Palle di Riso Vegetariane (crispy fried rice balls served with melted mozzarella, scamorza, green chilies, parmesan and basil). We recommend trying the Indianapoli pizza and their special, the Pizza Metro Pizza which are also part of the experience.
Other classic Sula wines like the Sula Satori Merlot and the Brut are also available at our Chef’s Table Experience at The White Owl. The Citrus Chicken Roulade and the Pesto Conchiglie are great accompaniments with these.
THE CLASSIC FRATELLI
The Classic Shiraz and the Classic Chenin are two timeless wines. The Chenin is heady with peachy and fruity flavors, it’s a light wine and pairs very well with salads and fishes, chicken and creamy sauces. The Porcini Mushroom Risotto and the Serrano Chili Chicken in our Levo Six Course European experience pairs very well with these wines. In contrast, the Classic Shiraz is fragrant with peppery aromas and has an earthy flavor about it. It’s a smooth, ruby red wine that pairs wonderfully well with the Mini Diavolo Pizza and especially the Lamb Navarin Printanier (a lamb stew prepared with turnips, potatoes and vegetables).
THE PREMIUM HOUSE OF FRATELLI WINES
Le Pain Quotidien is housing two of Fratelli’s most recommended names. A notch above the Classic Chenin is the Chenin Blanc and the other is a well balanced Cabernet Savignon. The Chenin Blanc has been a favourite for many years and it is the wine to pair with fish and light chicken. The Cabernet Sauvignon is a deep red concoction of fruits, olives and has a sweet aftertaste. Le Pain Quotidien’s 6 Course Experience includes the Pan Seared Basa and the Chicken Scallopini, two mains that pair perfectly with the Chenin whereas the Mushroom Risotto and Tartines on the menu should be tasted with the Cabernet Sauvignon.
THE TORRES SANTA DIGNA
Miguel Torres’ wine company is one of the best in the world. Based in Spain, the Santa Digna stands for the crosses that mark the boundaries between territories and is supposed to bring good fortune. The Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon served to you at Botticino is made with the finest grapes and works wonderfully well with the deliciously creamy Lasagne Bolognaise at our 4 Course Italian Experience at Botticino. The other wines available at Botticino are the Golden Mile Brut from Australia and the Sula Cabernet Shiraz which also pair superbly with the Italian food.
THE GROVER FAVOURITES
The award winning Grover Zampa vineyard is Bengalaru’s pride and joy. Two of their award-winning wines adorn the shelves at Vicinia, Kemps Corner- the Sante Shiraz and the Chenin Blanc. While the Shiraz emits strong aromas of berries and has a spicy flavor, the Chenin Blanc is fruity and has an intense taste of guavas, grapefruits and just a hint of pineapple. Part of our 3 Course Experience at Vicinia, the Veg Paprika with herbed rice and the Lamb Balls in Arabiatta Sauce compliment the Sante Shiraz wonderfully. The choice of pastas offered, taste great with the Chenin Blanc.
View Our Entire Swirl Fest Collection Here
Don’t forget to make your online reservations real soon because of limited seating. Swirl Fest promotions end on the 25th of January or until stocks last.
Vini. Vidi. Vino.
As seen in Condé Nast Traveller India December 2013 – January 2014 issue.
Sonam Kapoor has just finished her daily yoga session; she’s now making plans to watch a performance at Lower Parel’s Canvas Laugh Factory comedy club and go out for dinner afterwards. Ask her what she would like to eat or what her favourite restaurants are and you’ve really let the cat out of the bag. “I am an absolute foodie,” she squeals. “I love eating junk food, and the stuff you get in Bombay is simply delicious! You must have vada pav when you’re here.” “I don’t want to hear this,” her personal trainer mutters, before dashing out of the room. Kapoor laughs, then lapses into a monologue: “I love street food, fine dining and everything in between. It’s great that restaurants such as Le Cirque are coming to Bombay, but this city already has some amazing places such as Ellipsis, Two One Two Bar and Grill and Hakkasan. And Bombay has the best seafood in the country—fish, lobster and crab. I love beef, but I’m obsessed with crab.” Kapoor prides herself on knowing the sort of restaurants that only locals frequent. “Although I’m a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain, I was disappointed with his Bombay episode. I would have been a better guide.” After listening to her list of Mumbai recommendations, I can’t help but agree.
SONAM KAPOOR’S GUIDE TO FINE DINING IN MUMBAI
If you want to make eating out a memorable event, these are Kapoor’s restaurant recommendations. (For its old-world charm and service, her perfect place to ‘pop the question’ is The Zodiac Grill at the Taj Mahal Palace.)
Ellipsis: Kapoor picks this place, which serves American and European cuisine, for preparing ‘some of the best food she’s had in recent times’. “The chef there made me pork burgers that make me hungry every time I think of them,” she exclaims.
View our Sunday Brunch Menu at Ellipsis
Two One Two Bar and Grill: This hugely popular Italian restaurant in Worli serves classics such as spaghetti with prawns as well as innovative pizzas such as one made with mozzarella, fontina, Gorgonzola and taleggio. Kapoor recommends the tenderloin carpaccio pizza with old balsamic vinegar, Parmesan cheese and rocket leaves, and the piccante, a spicy pepperoni salami pizza.
View our Six Course Mediterranean Experience at Two One Two
Hakkasan Mumbai: The Mumbai outpost of this international Asian food stalwart serves many of the dishes that have made it a hit elsewhere in the world, along with an extensive list of vegetarian options. “They have a really good wine menu,” says Kapoor. “Since I’m very partial to wine, I love dining here.” Her favourite dishes include the crispy-duck salad with pomelo, pine nuts and shallots, fried quail and the soft-shell crab flavoured with almonds, chilli and curry leaves.
View our Four Course Experience at Hakkasan
The Table: This is probably the only restaurant in Mumbai that sources seasonal vegetables from its own farm in Alibaug. It also works with a local urban-farming initiative to source organic produce for its kitchen. Kapoor says of the food: “I love beef and you normally don’t get good beef burgers in Bombay. But the big, fat burger at The Table is simply outstanding. It’s by far the best in the city.”
Cheval: The name is French for horse (a nod to its location, Kala Ghoda) and the cuisine is European, with dishes such as wood-fired pizzas, soufflés and tiramisu. Explaining why this is on her hotlist, Kapoor says, “The place has a great vibe and everybody goes there for a good time.”
Pali Bhavan: For those looking for an Indian fine-dining restaurant, Kapoor picks this Bandra establishment. It’s decorated in dark tones, muted lighting, plenty of old, fading images, mounted deer heads, porcelain plates and other quirky decorations sourced from local markets such as Chor Bazaar. “The food is great and I love the way the place is done up,” she says.
Words by PRASAD RAMAMURTHY
When there’s a nip in the air, Mumbaikars take to the outdoors to enjoy the momentary chill. Wine is poured, pool parties become all the rage and Sunday brunches make a phenomenal comeback. The sizzling saucepans and fragrant aromas that take to the air as Brunch is served is something our curators at GourmetItUp can’t resist. We just had to toss up and shape four great brunch experiences for you to choose from on Sundays.
There’s something deliciously naughty about getting tipsy in the afternoon; the Chenin is as clear as the sky above and The Sunday Brunch at Vinoteca seems like an ideal choice for the lazy weekend. The variety of Spanish pintxos or small snacks and tapas compliment the five Sula premium wines served to you. The Champignon Al Ajillo is stir fried to a crisp in dry Spanish sherry, the Patatas Bravas made with the sauciest tomatoes and the Wine Infused Chocolate Mousse is rich enough to bring a grown man to his knees. This experience is priced at Rs. 1530 per person, inclusive of taxes.
Our next contender for ‘Best Brunch of the Season’ is The Ellipsis Sunday Brunch. Famous for sourcing out the freshest local ingredients to deliver a superior experience, Ellipsis has enough spaces for you to stretch your legs as you sip on Tea that’s as posh as the décor. We recommend the BLT Benedict with the creamiest Hollandaise sauce, the delectable guacamole infused Fish Tacos and of course, the Panna Cotta. Order from a well priced set menu of flatbreads, sandwiches, salads, soups, pastas and egg preparations and get 10% off on your total billing if you’re a GourmetItUp member.
A Brunch experience has got to strike a balance between tasteful and well priced and The White Owl Sunday Brunch does just that. The bicycle wheels adorned with flashbulbs, the dim lighting, wired chairs and an electrifying yellow bar area are spectacular to look at. Our experience allows you to choose any three items on the menu and pair it with a glass of red or white wine, beer or unlimited house ginger lemonade. The ‘House Huevos Rancheros’ is our favorite here; they’re Mexican style fried eggs with salsa rosa, bean pate, fresh guacamole and corn tortillas. This experience is priced at Rs. 785 per person ++ plus taxes.
For those who want to opt for a more traditional option, we have The Royal Indian Sunday Brunch at Neel which has the most extensive brunch menu yet. There’s Spicy Chat, Crunchy Farsan, Tender Kebabs, Juicy Fish, Tava Sabzi preparations, Biryani and if your tastebuds aren’t satisfied yet, there’s Dessert. This experience is priced at Rs. 1428 per person + + plus taxes.
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