Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Wine and dine me - Hyatt Hotel Canberra


Good food, company and wine is the way to my heart any day! Last week the Hyatt Hotel Canberra partnered with Casama Wines to soft launch an exclusive wine room.

Available for conferences and special dinner reservations the idea behind this room is to select from a vintage wine list and have the experienced chefs at the Hyatt tailor make a menu to suit.

Sounds like heaven right?! You bet! Spoiled for the night I indulged in sampling eight wines and some fantastic food.



My food safari began with canapés of cured yellow tail big eye tuna, smoked eggplant, black garlic salsa, soy and Natural Oysters with lemon and cucumber.

These two dishes were perfectly matched with a Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV as the acicidy in the brut was a classic match.

The first entrée was interesting. It featured Marrickville hand tied burrata, beetroot, preserved lemon, with an unusual twist of Manuka Honeycomb.  I think the preserved lemon and honeycomb just took the dish to another level. What I also liked about this entrée was the pairing with the 2016 Catalina Sounds Pinot Gris. This wine has a crispness to it and was definitely something I would order again. 

The second entrée was a sous vide of chicken, morels, steamed leeks, sauce morel paired back with a 2015 In Dreams Chardonnay. Traditionally speaking I am not a fan of Chardonnay.  However the fruit and oak character of the wine balanced perfectly with the chicken, leek and smokiness of the mushrooms in the dish.
So I learnt something that night chardonnay is great with chicken and particularly leek.

Queue a  palette cleanser ofstrawberry sorbet and my favourite wine of the night the 2015 Rameau d’Or Rose (this bottle is almost empty because I couldn't resist).
Rose is fast becoming my favourite wine of choice and I think in recent years it's popularity is increasing. It is also one of the few wines you can actually judge by its colour. The pinker the tone of the wine you know the sweeter is it going to be.  The 2015 Rameau d’Or Rose was nice and dry with hints of berry, white pepper and fennel spices. 

My favorite savory dish of the night was the 8 hour slow cooked wagyu with chargrilled brocollini served with  a 2016 Tar&Roses Sangiovese and 2016 Nanny Goat Pinot Noir. The wagyu was as i expected, simply melting in my mouth. 

Dessert was a warm apple tart with homemade vanilla bean ice-cream, it was great however the baked camembert cheese stole the spotlight. 

Baked camembert cheese with truffle honey (come on)! I swear the Hyatt was sabotaging my efforts to loose weight because this dish was out of this world. You need to come to the Hyatt just for this. Enjoy some amazing cheese, lavosh, quince paste  and the 2015 Barossa Babe Shiraz.  You might just need to order one for your self. 

Despite all the courses before I succumbed to this dish letting go of all self control and accepting the fact that my jeans won't fit for another good three weeks at the gym. I don't care tough because food and wine this good has to be enjoyed.. right!? 

You think by this point I wouldn't be able to fit anything else in, but the Hyatt surprised me yet again and brought out a bottle of 2005 bottle of Crystal. I went out on a high singing R Kelly! I feel sorry for the next man that I date because I have discovered this is the only bottle of champagne i have enjoyed...





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