July 18th, 2012 Media Tasting at Establishment Lounge
- Efes Draft (Pale Lager, 5% ABV)
- Efes Dark (Double-Roasted Malt Lager, 6.5% ABV)
- Efes Pilsen (German Pilsener, 5% ABV)
- Mariachi (agave-flavoured fruit (?) beer, 4.2% ABV)
1st dish – Vegetarian Peanut Soup, smooth and easy to drink. Very interesting as well with the use of peanuts, but what exactly are “African” spices?
2nd dish – Black Truffle Saccottini Pasta w/ vanilla Galliano cream sauce, sweet pea puree, merlot micro-greens and fresh pancetta. If there was 1 dish I wanted a full size portion, this would be it.
3rd dish – Bison Sliders topped with port-wine cheddar cheese, cranberry onion relish & fresh beet aioli.
4th dish - Okanagan Goat Cheese & Fig Soufflé served with golden beat carpaccio & maple truffle vinaigrette. I lied, this was pretty frigging good as well.
Drinks weren’t included in this tasting, but I still wanted to try some. I got laughed at for ordering a Modern Toddy, but the craving hit even though it’s mid July. Disappointingly though, it tasted like Neo-Citron. Val had a Pimm’s Ginger, far better than my choice.
5th dish - Shrimp & Lobster Cakes almond crusted w/ chipotle sauce, miso sauce & jerk aioli.
6th dish – Lamb Merguz Frank warm croissant w/ chipotle aioli, cucumber pico de gallo, fresh honey-mint yogurt. Basically a lamb ‘hotdog’, this was unique..not sure if the combination works that well, but definitely a try if you’re adventurous.
7th dish - Malaysian Chicken Satay free range chicken infused w/ exotic Malaysian spices & served with signature peanut sauce. Tasty and pretty standard.
8th dish – Thai Tiger Prawns Served with coconut steamed rice and cucumber raita. This is normally served with rice, but for the tasting purposes and presentation they chose to just serve the prawns. Quite plump and not overcooked, this had a spicy zing to it.
9th dish – Moroccan Lamb Lollipop w/ Chambord fig jam & goat cheese creme fraiche. Piqued my interest on the menu and delivered as well.
10th dish – Latin Pan-Seared Scallops over chile morita on sweet corn cake w/ avocado mousse & chipotle aioli.
To make up for the disappointing Hot Toddy, I ordered a Negroni to finish the meal.
11th dish - Chilled Raspberry Soup blend of plain & banana yogurt, soda water, fresh basil, Triple Sec and chive creme fraiche.
Was this a soup or a smoothie? Or was it a palatte cleanser or a dessert? I don’t know, perhaps a bit of all of the above.
I definitely enjoyed the international flavours here, and the fact that there’s no half hearted attempts with the menu items.