Dear fellow tasters,
It was several weeks ago that I received a twitter message from Erza S.T. on behalf of Vin+ inviting me to dinner with some pork belly and matching wine. So there I was, one Wednesday evening later, sitting with anticipation in Vin+ Plaza Senayan Arcadia’s private room, amidst the soft lights, zigzagged brick wall, paper bags and wine carriers decor, empty wine glasses ready for some pouring, and the company of fellow foodies, Jeny, Imel and Ruby, and of course Erza, along with several other guests.
There were four-courses on the menu, starting with the beautifully-plated crab salad with carrot jelly and salmon eggs, with foam and all. It was a delicate and dainty appetizer with an elegant taste and textures, coming together from the creamy avocado, sweet crab meat, carroty jelly, pastry crunch, and salmon eggs. The wine pairing for the crab salad was the light and fruity Ashbrook Estate Semillon 2011, perfect to set the mood for the evening.
What followed was a fine rendition of pan seared foie gras and foie gras terrine with lemon coulis and date. The rich buttery foie gras was prepared in two different ways but both tasted exceptionally exquisite. Savoring it with the sweet date and sour coulis added another level of complexity, moreover with the wonderful accompaniment of the P.J. Valckenberg Madonna Liebfraumilch 2009 Riesling.
For the third or main course, each of us was actually given three dishes to choose from, the snapper, pork belly, or beef tenderloin but somehow the guests all agreed on the pork belly, thus the ‘pork’ in the post title. The crispy roasted pork belly with baby spinach and honey marmalade sauce was surely a hit. I really loved the delectably juicy and succulent pork belly with the crispy crackling. Some guests mentioned about the apricot and honey sauce being a little bit sweet and the pork belly crumbling too easily upon cutting, nevertheless I deemed it a delicious treat. And lo! Not one, but two red wines were selected for the main, the Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 with a bold flavor and hints of spiciness, and the Chateau St Jean Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2008 with smoother taste and lovely aroma.
Just like the poured wine, conversations flowed, from extreme food to traveling, from feng shui to paranormal experiences. However, all good things must come to an end and we ended the dinner with the coco jala, a refreshing dessert of unsweetened coconut water jelly with shredded coconut meat, served with vanilla ice cream. This last course was befriended by a glass of Spanish sparkling wine, the Cava Noche y Dia.
It was a wonderful and memorable wine dinner, hopefully the first of many for me at Vin+. I went home with a happy tummy, a little bit giggly, and a not-so-straight gait. Thank you Erza for making this happen and Vin+ for the most lovely evening.
“Wine is bottled poetry.” –Robert Louis Stevenson
The taster’s notes:
Favorite dish – the foie gras and pork belly
What to try next time – other food and wine selection
Price rating (with wine)
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