Sunday, March 5, 2017
Rustic Alsatian Duet
Nicholini’s just next door except the open kitchen) packed with people on a Friday night and the private room on the side, where we were seated this evening. We got a taste of their 6-course degustation menu, with classic Alsatian dishes, some coming from heirloom recipes passing down through generations, as Chef Cyril explained.
We went with pairing of Alsace wines, of course, starting from a simple Pinot d’Alsace than moving onto several signature varietals in the region and finished with the gewürztraminer, all coming from the same winery. My favorites were the pinot gris and gewürztraminer – the former bone dry with mint and woody/pencil on the nose; the latter classic with predominantly lychee on the palate and a pleasing floral aroma.
Not a whole lot of surprise factor in this dinner, but I thought the execution was solid and the dishes were good. And we all had a good casual time catching up – that's the important bit.
(Dinner was by invitation and courtesy of Conrad Hong Kong)
When? March 3 2017
Where? Brasserie on the Eighth, The Conrad Hong Kong, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong
Menu Highlights? Beef Tenderloin gratinated with horseradish
2011 Domaine Marcel Deiss Pinot d’Alsace
2011 Domaine Marcel Deiss Pinot Gris
2014 Domaine Marcel Deiss Riesling
2012 Domaine Marcel Deiss Pinot Noir Burlenberg
2013 Domaine Marcel Deiss Gewurztraminer