South Mumbai’s latest culinary gem is an unconventional restaurant called The Table. Not only does it match the gourmand’s expectations, but exceeds them with finesse and quiet brilliance. Restaurant owner Gauri Devidayal, along with CEO of Sula Vineyards, Rajeev Samant brought the best of both to the forefront on 18th July 2011, launching Argentina’s Trapiche Wines in India, reports Naina Hiranandani.
Trapiche Winery’s Regional Export Manager Ramiro Barros has tried to instill himself in the local Indian culture. So far his enthusiastic endeavours have included experimenting with spicy dishes. And even better, a local train ride with Mumbai’s crowds. But that’s just a part of his hands-on approach; he believes it’s important to know your consumer. And know him well.
Accompanied by Sula Vineyards’ Head of International Business Cecilia Oldne, the select guest list also included Pompeyo Carlos Layus, Deputy Consul General of Argentina and Mumbai’s hip set – an interesting mix of people from the worlds of fashion, culture and hospitality. Left: Cecilia Oldne with Chef Alex Sanchez, The Table
Executive Chef Alex Sanchez created an impressive five-course meal with Trapiche’s six wines. First up was the Tuna Tataki with avocado, icicle radish and sesame vinaigrette with Pinot Grigio 2010. The entry-level wine also went fabulously with the Asparagus in Lemon Vinaigrette, creamy egg yolk and crisp onions.
The fruity and mild Sauvignon Blanc 2010 was matched with varieties like Pumpkin Ravioli, Chicken Liver Mousse and the warm Chevre, Arugula and Apple salad. But it was the stellar Astica Torrontes 2010 that took everyone’s breath away. Served with spicy Grilled Calamari, its alluring aromas of sweet flower, peach and honey translated into a long length and crisp finish. As Rajeev suitably said, “What you smell is not what you get.”
The silky Malbec 2010 went well with Porcini Bolognese, Herb Gnocchi and the outstanding and beautifully-presented boneless Chicken ‘Wings’ in Ginger Glaze. Not to be outdone, the Oak Cask Malbec 2010 proved its mettle, a silver medal winner in Japan’s Wine Challenge in 2008. The aromatic wine was a stunning deep purple colour with depth, toasty flavours and a full body. And paired with the succulent Malbec, the Braised Lamb Shoulder, it was pure harmony on the palate.
The Late Harvest Chardonnary 2010 provided a sweet finish to those who sought it with Vanilla Panna Cotta. With a wine price range that starts from Rs 1,100, it’s just what the market needed.
Read more about The Table restaurant in the August-September issue of Sommelier India Wine Magazine.