Spanish Wine Night @ The Mal
Last week, at the suggestion of a friend, I attended a spanish wine night hosted at the Malmaison. For £40 a ticket we had an amuse bouche followed by a four course meal accompanied by six different spanish wines. Each wine was introduced by Malmaisinon’s head of wines and spirits Johnny Walker, given an explanation of it origins, it characteristics and the region it came from. It was, for me with self confessed poor knowledge of wine, a fascinating evening, and I feel I learn’t a great deal. All this and not a drop of Rioja in sight.
The food put on by the head chef, Adam Townsley, was excellent showing skill and a delicacy of touch, the chicken and parmigiano tortellini (I know more Italian than spanish, but I can forgive him) was an excellent dish. The lamb rump for main course was delicious and showed off a real quality product. For £40 we had a lovely four course meal, fantastic company, great wine and very good night. I’m certainly going to attend the Argentinian wine night planned for September. What is more important is that I’d never eaten at the Malmaison restaurant before, but after this meal I’ll certainly be making a booking sometime in the near future.