The lamb to kill for!
Try Chef Hafiz at Chinoz on the park and leave with a smile on your face and probably a very satisfied burp or two! That’s what we did at a dinner last night. Actually this was the second time we dined there and he has excelled himself on both occasions. We started the night with an excellent Pinot Gris from Escarpment which is hailed by the famed winemaker of Martinborough, Larry McKenna. This was almost the perfect wine to handle the starters of Tuna Tartare with anchovy toast. Wonderfully weighted, balanced with enough body to handle the tuna with the raw egg yet enough acidity to cut through the anchovy toast. Oily yet light, lip smacking good!
This was followed by a lovely Barbera d’Asti from Giacosa, juicy yet still fairly tight it was surprisingly versatile. Because if you have had Barberas before you would know what I meant, with some of them totally unpalatable and the excuse that Italian wines are meant for food just doesn’t cut it anymore, but this bottle surely changed my mind.
Beautiful NZ Escarpment Pinot Gris, more to NZ than just Sauv Blancs!
Bang, it was like Hafiz heard him and the best damn lamb saddle came out of the kitchen. This is a lamb dish to kill for if you like your meat and I am definitely going back for more of this!