In the run-up to New Year I thought it might be time for one last post … on matching food and wine. Yes, I know the invitations have been sent. Yes, I know the menu is all set. But you never know. There might be a wine suggestion or two you find interesting for tomorrow night!
Le Gril aux Herbes is another restaurant just on the outskirts of Brussels, which I am glad we were invited to visit. There seem to be a lot of nice restaurants outside our usual comfort zone, so maybe in 2017 it is time we venture a bit out to try restaurants across Belgium.
The menu was a mix of surf and turf, prepared with a lot of care and a lot of attention to detail. The restaurant is on the higher end and the dishes reflect the approach of Chef Evangelos Triantopoulos. The wines we got to match with the food were all selected by Benoit Coudere the 2016 Belgium sommelier winner and currently Carrefour somelier in residence. Not much was left to chance I must admit …
For our 6 course dinner we had first a mixed starters plate, which was served along side Bernard Massard Grande Cuveé. This was followed by a beef and King Krab mix served with Pinot Gris Jean Murback, 2015 from Alsace. We then tasted langoustines with beans (which were a lot more elaborate than they sound) matched with a Portugese Vinho Verde Loreiro Blanc, 2014 (open brackets: this is the first time I tried Vihno Verde outside of Portugal and my initial scepticism was replaced with embracing the idea of Vihno Verde in Belgium).
The fish main course of turbot and fennel puree was served with a French Rhone Valley Domaine Vermeersch Bio, 2014. The meat main course of pigeon with Joel Robuchon style potatoes and seasonal vegetables was served with a great Chilean Carmenere from Vallee de Colchagua Casa Amanda Reserve. And finally the red fruit dessert was served with sweet Sauternes from Chateau Camperos, 2013.
The company was great and the food and wine matches were spot on. We were seated in the private area of the restaurant, but I had a stroll around and I must admit that the restaurant is worth a visit back. Also the wines are worth a second taste. If any of them sound a great match for your dinner menu tomorrow tonight, then there is still time to head over to your local Carrefour and give them a try.
Happy New Year!
I would like to extend our thanks to Carrefour Belgium for organising this amazing meal and wine tasting and to the restaurant staff for hosting us and dealing with our endless questions and cameras with grace.
Disclaimer: as always, all opinions written are our own.
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