It was clear skies and a punctual kick-off to our recent Expat Wine Dinner held at the InterContinental Hotel’s excellent Japanese restaurant, Tatsu. Expat guests enjoyed canapés and wines, followed by a special dinner created by the luxury hotel’s Executive Chef Sam Kung and Executive Japanese Chef Tadashi Inose. The first course featured a Vegetables Terrine Kimizu An Kake, a rather curious terrine of various veggies ensconced in a firm jelly, paired with a lovely Xanadu Exmoor Drive Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend. Next up was the soup course, and it was a winner, a fragrant clear Shiro Dashi broth punctuated with Red Snapper and Tiger Prawn, nicely paired with a mild Kizakura Karakuchi sake.
The well-paced meal continued with a choice of mains, and diners selected either the delicious Miso-Marinated Mackerel or the beautifully cooked Australian Beef Fillet topped with a mouthwatering Sea Urchin Wasabi Butter. The feedback was uniformly positive, so it’s safe to say either choice was the right one! The mains course was served with a very pleasant Birillo Maremma Toscana Rosso, a particularly effective pairing with the beef dish.
Tatsu probably could have rested on its laurels at this point, but instead of coasting, they delivered a stunning knockout with the dessert course, a masterfully presented assemblage of Maldon Salt Flakes, Chocolate Mousse, Wasabi Macaroons, and a lovely Green Tea Raspberry Match Stick. Words cannot quite convey the creativity and culinary artistry of the meal’s sweet epilogue, which was served with a smooth Canella Venezia Peach Bellini. Many guests lingered on a bit to enjoy the sparkling conversation with fellow expats and the friendly service from the team at Tatsu.
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Source: The Expat magazine September 2015
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