The restaurant is very pretty in itself, based in a gorgeous stone building surrounded by the marina.
The set menu was amazing and combined all the flavours that I'm currently loving!
With each course there was a perfectly paired wine - all of the wines supplied by a local wine merchant called Cheers, based in the Mumbles and West Cross.
On arrival we had Empanadas de queso, ensalada de tomate (Baked cheese empanadas filled with cheese and onion, served on tomato salad).
It was lovely and the cheese just oozed out, yummy!
For the wine pairing, a crisp savignon blanc was chosen - Caliterra Reserve Savignon Blanc 2013 (IWSC silver medal winner). It wasn't too floral which most savignon blancs are. It was full of crisp lime flavours which went superbly with Chillian flavours and cheese. It was sharp enough and had balanced acidity to cut through the richness of the cheese.
For starters we had Salmon Asado con Salsa de aguacate (Seared Salmon with Avocado tartare).
It was gorgeous and the avocado tartare was so zingy and refreshing!
To pair with the salmon a softer chardonay was chosen - Emiliana "Signos de Origen", Chardonnay, Roussane, and Marsanne '12. It was more flowery that the first wine, with aromas of vanilla and subtle creamy oak. The zitrus notes went perfectly with the avocardo and the creaminess of the chardonay complemented the salmon very well.
For mains we had Ribeye steak with pastel de choclo, and pebre salsa (Ribeye steak served with Chilean ground beef casserole with corn batter topping).
My steak was cooked perfectly, slightly pink in the middle, just how I like it :)
My favourite had to be the ground minced beef. It was lovely, it had all the Chillian flavours which you would expect like cumin, chilli and paprika, but it had a sweetness to it, almost the redcurrents. I loved it! :)
To pair with the steak, two wines were chosen, the first was a blend of Cabernet Savignon and Carmenere - Emiliana Novas Gran Reserva Carmenare Cabernet Savignon 2011. Carmenare IS the wine grape of Chile. It was lovely. Full bodied, rounded, bursting with dark berries and had an almost earthy palette.
The second wine was a Carignan - Odfiell Orzada Carignan 2011. This one was more richer than the first wine, but was slightly sweeter on the palette with almost a cherry liqiour and liquorice taste. The palette is soft with blackberries and fine herbs with a long and complex finish.
For dessert we had Pannacotta de miel con papaya a la parrilla (Honey Pannacotta with grilled papaya).
It was beautiful, the papaya which sharp enough to cut through the creaminess of the pana cotta, but complemented it amazingly.
To pair with the gorgeous pana cotta a Savignon Blanc was chosen - Errazuriz Late Harvest Savignon Blanc 2011.
When I first read this I wasn't expecting a Savignon Blanc for a dessert wine, more of a Moscato. But it went perfectly! It was citrus, sweet, creamy and full of beautiful apricot flavours.
It was amazing night and a great early birthday present for my dad! :)
I will in no doubt be attending these wine dinners in the near future.