Remember the prize I won with my food/wine pairing from good guy jamie who over at aficionado, well last night was the eagerly anticipated night.
'The Fantastic Eben, Adi and Luke show'- at The Test Kitchen in Woodstock- 11 sensational courses, inspired pairings with fine wines I won't forget and the chef - Luke Dale Roberts is the King.
You know that feeling when you've experienced something so awesomely spectacular that you feel compelled to stop absolute strangers to tell them how wonderful it was.... well, that was how good it was.
|A treat to see the action- such talent|
|the clever 'art teacher' got the menu for me- I'll hang it in the kitchen for inspiration|
The first course, tiny perfectly poached quails eggs on truffle infused toast, the little yolk oozing onto the toast and the truffle oil oozing down my chin, oh my delight.... the Cellar Hands white was sublimely subtle.
Next those oysters with that mysterious 'soba dashi' and the funky white, 'wow' pairing, unexpected sensations as the oysters tame the wine.
Onto the wine I'd been dreaming of tasting, Sadie Family Palladius 2008, way out of my price range and now that I've had such a wine, I am once again happily ruined.
It was paired with the yellowtail sashimi - melting sashimi, crunchy chick peas & edemame and that soy milk yuba I'd happily convert to vegetarianism for, utterly delicious combination.
Another surprise was the tomato & miso cream cheese mousse with the Sequillo Cellars Red 2008- I'm embarrassed to say I actually took my finger to the plate to this one.
Aaah, the veal tongue, as it came to the table, a hint of the scent of the American oak veloute, sensational with another wine favourite Mrs Kirsten's 'The old vine chenin' 2007, wish you could all have tasted it..
I'm a big fan of Chenin Blanc and was swooning with the whites.
|Veal tongue and scallop|
|Just look at that bottle and label- art!|
|The warm duck salad...hmmm|
|Luke Dale Roberts taking a well deserved break talking with patrons|
|Woodstock side street on the way home|