Dining in earnest began with a signature dish of the Chef, Buckwheat Waffle with House Cured NZ King Salmon, Caviar, Dill-Mustard and Denogent St Veran 2014 (also from Burgundy) with a distinctive taste that I enjoyed. Wine spokesman Thomas Nowak was not as impressed finding the Chardonnay a little too acidic for his taste. Kiwi food spokesman Brendon Winter of course complimented the NZ salmon and most diners thoroughly enjoyed the dish.
Brendon also thought the Steamed Cod Fish served with Braised Lettuce, Fruit de Mer, and Beurre Blanc was really good, cooked to perfection, and very flaky texture. This was well matched with Tongue in Groove Pinot Noir 2014 (Waipara, S Island, NZ), a very good example of NZ Pinot which Suckling had rated 94 and earned praise from Thomas.
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (Tuscany, Italy) had been chosen to match this and proved to be an excellent choice. Wine connoisseur James Suckling (91) had commented: “Complex aromas of currants, nuts and truffle follow through to a medium body, firm and silky tannins and a flavourful finish. Drink now”– and we followed the advice.
The oldest cheese known to the Romans, Fourme d’Ambert with Cherry and Kriek, came next and there were visible signs of perhaps too much to digest. Tedeschi Amarone Valpolicella Classico 2012 (Veneto, Italy) and an impressive 16% ABV did little to temper the distress; it was a very nice full-bodied wine for those with thirst remaining. Belgian Chocolate Mousse, Cocoa Meringue, Chantilly was excellent and Atlan & Artisan Epistem No. 3 (Yecla, Spain) caused Thomas to declare he was wined out but not before saying it was a nice wine! He spoke too soon because Alex Fisken stepped up to the plate to confirm it was his birthday this month presenting us with glasses of port in celebration. It was our pleasure therefore to hand over to Alex the responsibility of thanking the hard working team that had made this first lunch of 2019 a resounding success.
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BELGA Rooftop Bar & Brasserie,
32/F Sofitel Sukhumvit Hotel 189
Sukhumvit Road Soi 13-15, 10110
Bangkok, Thailand Tel: 02 126 9999