The Food & wine: One wine type, 3 dishes. Is it possible?
We browsed through the winelist and we had two recommendations. One was the Cahors Malbec (France) and the other one was Saronsberg (South Africa) -distributed by Slater & Whittaker. I chose the Saronsberg wine because it was a 2020 vintage. My rationale was that I wanted to taste wine made from grapes harvested in 2020. The white blend was 55% Sauvignon Blanc / 45% Chenin Blanc. I have a love relationship with wine blends done right.
We based the food that we ordered on that wine. Most times, you will let the food guide your wine selection, but it is also interesting to do it the other way.
We ordered the Shrimp cocktail: Mexican recipe, cooked shrimps in a Marie rose sauce, served with fried tortilla (totopos). It was a good starter that had a mixture of flavours. The spicy tortilla topped with shrimp was a great start to the pairing. Because we chose a crisp and fresh wine, it paired well with this starter.
The other starter we ordered was the Cheese Tequenos which had deep-fried wontons, creamy cheese, and a guacamole dip. I was not a fan of this pairing as I felt it was too plain and needed a kick either in the form of spice, sourness, salt, or umami flavors. This may be because of my personal disinclination to cheese, but it did nothing for me. However, I realized that it was probably because the cheese was too thick. My friend paired it with some Habernero sauce (which wasn’t originally part of the pairing), which brought out the magic. I’d suggest that you ask for the guacamole dip to have some spiciness. That would save the dish.
I ordered the grilled salmon, creamy mushrooms, spinach and chalaquita. It was the star of the day. Elvis (our wine & food expert for the day) brought a perfectly grilled salmon resting on a bed of creamy spinach and mushrooms to my table. The salmon had the perfect crusty top and tender bottom. My knife and fork kept digging in the fish. Bite by bite, sip by sip, I kept going. Should you find yourself here, ask for Elvis and order the salmon.
My friend ordered the Barbecued Peruvian baby chicken (whole robata-grilled chicken, aioli, crispy onions), which I dug into as well. It also came with a side of creamy mashed potatoes. It was a hearty meal that I would also recommend. The creaminess from the aioli and potatoes also complemented the wine.
For dessert we had the blueberry cheesecake as the cherry on top.
The Social House had a wide array of wine from different regions in the world. As a wine lover, such spaces excite me. I know that I can always come here to try different grape varieties, wine regions and pairings. The Other Room would be a great place to have your wine because it is relaxed.
The attention to detail on how they also store their wine is impressive. With every chilled top-up, and with every bite, I discovered more character in the wine.
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