Monday, April 25, 2011

Yellow on Red

When Olga Azarcon and Randy Uson invited me for an evening of VEUVE Clicquot Vintage champagne coupled with a degustation menu, it was almost a command  to be there so as not to miss out on a special night of 5 star dining pleasure.  The well attended event was held at the RED of Makati Shangrila.

The menu was an excellent mixture of flavors and textures that titillated and stimulated my palate.  It was conceptualized by Chef du Cuisine William Tan and his Executive Chef Franco Brodini.  

For the first course, Veuve Cliquot Blanc Vintage 2002, was paired with  Yellow miso cured scallop with guacamole carpaccio, Granny Smith gel, Pecorino, sea urchin cream, and Imperial caviar on the side. 

2nd course was a wild Tasmanian salmon mi-cuit at 47 degrees, golden trout roe, pineapple marmalade, tomato velvet, micro tomato, lemon thyme cloud.  Sounds like a lot of food but the nouvelle cuisine portions were just right to give room for the piece de resistance.  This was served with Veuve Cliquot Rose Vintage 2002.  A sorbet of champagne and lavender essence with grated strawberry was served to cleanse the taste buds for the main course.

The piece de resistance, and which in fact was irresistible was a Slow roasted cured boneless rack of Dutch veal and 6-hours braised double headed abalone, conpoy floss, braised spring leek, Sofritto, raspberry infused veal jus.  Another Rose champagne was paired with this, Veuve Clicquot Rose Vintage 2004.

Light chocolate coated strawberry pudding citrus bonbon, apple cube as the sweet delight at the end was paired with Veuve Clicquot Rich 2002
Bravo to Olga and Randy and to the Red team for a an evening of gustatory pleasures that would have satisfied even the most jaded gourmands and gourmets. 

The winning team-Olga Azarcon and Randy Uson

Cebu’s talented dress designer, Jun Escario, cosmetic dentist Cecile Infantado and business man Richard Tiu were the gourmets who enjoyed the evening

Bons vivants Freddie Olbes, Maurice Arcache and Zee magazine lady Eva Gullas

Splendor in the center pieces!

Birthday wishes for Pepper Teehankee. May he have all the desires of his heart!

Birthday boy Randy U makes a wish

Cheers from spunky SPARK editor Carla Sibal and Nuvo’s marketing lady Malou Yambao


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