Friday, September 13, 2013

Four Seasons Wine and Food Pairing at Tangerine Restaurant - A Review

Kolkata Food Bloggers got invited by Team Gingerclaps to go and check out the Four seasons Wine and Food Pairing event being hosted by many restaurants across the city.My fellow blogger Kamalika and I decided to visit a very well known restaurant of Kolkata - Tangerine one afternoon and we came back two happy souls!

The Restaurant and the view from where we were seated.

The restaurant has designed a set menu , mostly Italian and Continental food to go with Four Seasons wine. It was a 4 course meal where we had the option to choose between a veg /non veg - entree , mains and dessert and two glasses of wine.

All the yummy food we ate

Let me begin with the wine.We were served a glass each of red wine - Shiraz - a full bodied rich dark wine which was smooth and smoky at the same time. It went really well with the menu designed by Tangerine. I am fond of red wine and quite liked this one.

K and I decided to try one each of the veg and the non veg options so we get a fair taste of everything. First up we were served Cheese Barrel - an inspired Italian dish - crispy rolls filled with nicely seasoned cheese as the filling- served with a side of crispy -tangy nachos salad.It had a nice bite to it and the cheese oozing out of the barrels was so yummy.

Cheese Barrel with a crispy Nachos Salad
Next up was the classic Ceaser salad - lettuce ,roasted slices of chicken and croutons made for a perfect match. Many a times it happens that the dressing in a ceaser salad is not enough - but this one was perfect - crunchy green leaves with the right amount of tang in the dressing and generous shaving of Parmesan made it very appealing to the palate. A nice addition to the dish were the cherry tomatoes.

Ceaser Salad
We were enjoying ourselves, sipping some wine in between, when came in our main course for the afternoon. First up was Italian - Mexican inspired Torhino - it was a actually a deviation from the original tortino and instead made into a tart filled with a rich concoction of vegetables in a creamy tomato sauce and cheese on top.The tart was crisp to the bite and went very well with the wine.

Torhino - their take on the Tortino
The non veg main course - Poulet Apulia - was surely the star dish of the afternoon for me. Juicy and succulent steak of chicken breast stuffed with mushrooms and bell peppers, topped with a rich brown sauce- served on a bed of creamy potato mash. Well, what more do u want! I have to admit that its one of the best chicken steak I have had in a while -cooked to perfection.

Poulet Apulia

Honestly , by now I was stuffed but the dessert was yet to be devoured. On chef's recommendation we decided to try the Apple Aspen Tart - a deconstructed Apple tart/pie.Thin slices of stewed apples sandwiched between shortbread cookies ,topped with a big dollop of Vanilla ice cream and some caramel sauce on the side - it was truly a sinful treat!

Apple Aspen Tart
We were not done yet though - another dessert was waiting to be tasted.Nougat Chocolate Mousse - a tangy chocolate mousse served with fresh fruits and some wafers. The mousse felt a bit dense to me and I didn't quite enjoy the tanginess of the mousse. I could also taste some chunks of fruit( not sure what) in it. 

Noughat Chocolate Mousse
Our afternoon ended with a candid chat with Mr. Subhash Basu - executive chef of the Tangerine group of restaurants. A very humble person with loads of varied experience having worked with the Taj Group of Hotels for many years , he shared his inputs on how he creates these dishes in his kitchen. Special mention of Mr. Kuntal Dey  - the manager who made sure that we were comfortable and looked after well.

Overall an afternoon well spent with some great food and conversations. K and I also had an impromptu photography workshop with tips being shared in between clicking pictures. 

Tangerine should be on everyone's must try list - and this wine -food pairing set menu (priced at 1099+taxes per person) is something you should try. This is a very good initiative taken by the Four Seasons to educate foodies in enjoying a glass of wine with their food.

2/1,Outram street,
Theatre Road Area
Landmark - Behind St.Xavier's College

Find out what Kamalika has to say about her experience here

This was an invited review and no monetary compensation was involved.