ILoveLKF.hk invited Sassy Editors for a Sneak Peek, or I should say Sneak Eat and Drink for the upcoming Festival of Wine this weekend. Goccia, La Perouse and Robata Zawazawa opened their kitchen doors for an intimate sit down tasting of their finest dishes.
Starting off with the flavors and ingredients of Southern Italy at Goccia, Chef Fabrizio proudly served three of his finest dishes. Sardinian Smoked Swordfish Roll, Spaghetti with Sicilian Red Prawns and Fillet of Red Gurnard with Florentine Panzanella. Wine pairings included a Prosecco, Chardonnay, and Montepulciano (a stunning red that pairs very well with fish). During the wine festival, experts will be on hand to give you this same experience, a fellow writer at the tasting put it plain and simple, “Pairing is so important, the role of a good wine is to enhance the flavor of the food, not to overcome it”.
Heading upstairs to La Perouse, a restaurant named after a French Navigator who landed on Australian soil in 1788, this restaurant combines the flavors of…you guessed it! French and Australian! On the menu, Grilled Baby Lamb Chops accompanied with a gorgeous rosemary gravy and vinegar sauce and paired with Bordeaux. I could have slurped the sauce off of my place it was so delicious!
And last but certainly not least in taste or décor, Robata Zawazawa served up a unique dessert, Houji-cha Pudding. Served with kuro mitsu honey and pon rice pops, this dessert was certainly different from your average after dinner treat. Director Kenji Sato took his place behind the bar and served up one of the signature cocktails, the “Haku Bai,” made with their own special plum paste and served in a salt lined martini glass and topped off with a pickled plum dunked into the center of the glass. I have to say that this little drink really packed a punch!
With so many events in Hong Kong that revolve around food and drinks, I had to ask the burning question, what makes this event different from any other? Christina Hsu Dormeier, one of the organizers of this weekend’s event answers, “the emphasis on this event is not about quantity but about quality. There are many other events in Hong Kong that are all about how much one can possibly drink in the shortest amount of time. Festival of Wine is not about how much you can drink, it’s about how much you will get out of the whole experience.”
If The Festival of Wine is anything like the sneak peek, it will be an event that brings together people who love to eat and who love wine and I don’t know a better way to spend your afternoon…
Cheers and Bon Appetit!
Sassy has a ticket to give away to the LKF Festival of Wine this weekend – just email [email protected] with “Festival of Wine” in the subject heading to be in with a chance of winning – we’ll be closing the competition at the end of day on Tuesday!
Read more from Jessica on her blog American Girl in Hong Kong!