An aro­matic evening

Dish - - Review -

Guests were treated to a beau­ti­fully thought-out menu matched to ex­cep­tional Thorn­bury wines at a re­cent Dine with Dish event at Saan res­tau­rant.

On the night of Dine With Dish with Thorn­bury, a se­lec­tion of lucky Dish read­ers were in for a treat the minute the doors to Saan opened, with the en­tic­ing aroma of North­ern Thai cui­sine drift­ing out on to Pon­sonby Road.

From the very first canapé, to the last lick of dessert, din­ers were wowed by the flavour­some menu cre­ated by Saan’s charm­ing and tal­ented head chef, Lek Tri­rat­tana­vatin.

The evening kicked off with canapés of cured king­fish, topped with Saan’s sig­na­ture ant eggs, wok-seared squid with chicken liver and lemongrass, served with Thorn­bury’s Marl­bor­ough Sau­vi­gnon Blanc 2016, a crisp, crunchy wine packed with clas­sic citrus and pas­sion­fruit sor­bet flavours.

Next up, the second course of co­conut poached prawns, Miang Goong, and seared veni­son with Chi­nese cel­ery, Geang Sadoong, was a taste sen­sa­tion, which matched beau­ti­fully with the creamy tex­ture of Thorn­bury’s Gis­borne Chardon­nay 2016. Each dish was ex­pertly planned to ac­com­pany the out­stand­ing wine.

A pair­ing of two vi­brant aro­mat­ics – Thorn­bury Hawkes Bay Rosé 2015 and Thorn­bury Waipara Pinot Gris 2016 – were an ef­fort­less match to the punchy flavours of the third course en­trees. Char­grilled pork skew­ers, soft-shell crab, spicy veg­etable salad and sticky rice with honey caramelised ch­est­nuts were all crowd-pleasers, made even more tan­ta­lis­ing by the del­i­cate floral fresh­ness of the pinot gris and the red fruit spice of the rosé.

For the main event, course four, guests were won over by the twice-cooked tamarind beef-cheeks, Thai red fish curry served on ba­nana leaf and seared Asian egg­plant and tofu all matched with the el­e­gant plum and black fruit aroma of Thorn­bury’s Hawkes Bay Mer­lot 2015.

Dessert rounded off the evening in the del­i­cate form of a Thai tea mousse with the faintest hint of chilli, pep­pered through a dust of choco­late soil, per­fectly com­ple­mented by Thorn­bury’s Waipara Ries­ling 2016.

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