Asiate Wine Dinners at Mandarin Oriental New York

Saturday, July 27, 2013 0 No tags Permalink 0

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 ^_^

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