There are times in my life that I really feel blessed! Blessed to be able to do the work that I love doing and then being able to spend an evening at the most fabulous environs, partaking in the finest of cuisines and drinking some really phenomenal wines in the company of discerning aficionados and good friends!
Of course when this elegancia took place at The Oberoi… one can only expect nothing but the best from them!
The service was spot on and that only seemed to heighten our culinary experience.
Totally wined out in dress and deed with Madam LaCave herself! — with Madhulika Bhattacharya at The Oberoi, Bangalore.
Playing ‘new wine in an old bottle’!!!! Thank you Chetan Kamani for a fabulous capture. — at The Oberoi, Bangalore.
With my favourite aficionados… — with Kripal Amanna and Chetan Kamani at The Oberoi, Bangalore.
La familia!!! The incredible Raj Singhs… — with Visheshwar Raj Singh and Sanaya Raj Singh at The Oberoi, Bangalore.
Elegance, beauty and brains…Whew! — with Ramma Basappa and Ruma Singh at The Oberoi, Bangalore.
With gal pals Jackie and Pinky…firmly getting into the Lady Ambrosia and Wine Goddess mode! — with Jackie Pinto and Pinky Padmaraj at The Oberoi, Bangalore.
With Shree….the epitome of ‘Stree’…strong and gentle… — at The Oberoi, Bangalore.
Totally ‘Evealicious’!…fabulous foursome… — with Jackie Pinto, Usha Subramanian and Omana Mathews at The Oberoi, Bangalore.
Pepper mushroom tacos, Water chestnuts with a tamarind chilli glaze and Devenhalli Pomelo Asparagus, almonds goat cheese kota and micro greens shorba Pulled chicken, broken wheat, chicken khicda bitterballs with a raw mango chutney. — at The Oberoi, Bangalore.
Braise millet garlic pickle, coconut gunpowder Millet Pothi Choru The Badam Nalli with lamb korma and leshuni palak Gucchi Mussalam Prawn filo, beetroot poriyal fennel and orange chunda Kasundi Salmon Ghewar and Kesar Rabdi. — at The Oberoi, Bangalore.
My Absolute favourites…. — at The Oberoi, Bangalore.
It’s always a pleasure to meet up with the effervescent and erudite Madhulika Bhattacharya aka Madam LaCave, of the uber chic La Cave, luxury wine and spirits retail store with an extensive selection of wines from all of the over world and an eclectic collection of spirits. Madhulika brings out the passion of life with her sheer exuberance. A beauty on duty, who is equally passionate about the beauties in their bottles. A food aficionado, a talented singer an RJ and an intrepid traveler, her introduction to all the beauties in the bottles are on point. This time it were the simply fabulous wines from Penfold, Australia.
For perhaps the first time, the finesse of the spirits overtook my obsession of only indulging in an exquisite meal. I can safely say that I was more than adequately ‘watered’ and ‘fed’!
The crisp and elegant Koonunga Hill, Autumn Riesling, was a great place to begin with. The ‘meet and greet’ chatter rose slowly but surely to a crescendo!
The wines were perfectly paired with a quasi Indian meal and at the cost of repeating myself it was spot on!
The fruit driven Koonunga Hill Chardonnay paired with Asparagus, almonds and goat cheese kofta Shorba, was in one word ‘incredible’ But the dense and rich Seventy Six Shiraz Cabernet with Chicken Khichda Bitterballs, and the elegant Bin 407 Coonawarra Shiraz paired with a Millet Pothi Choru and a divine Kasundi Salmon and Jhinga were my clear favourites. Both as a pairing and individually.
Thank you again la familia, Visheshwar Raj Singh GM, The Oberoi, the lovely Sanaya Raj Singh, and the uber fabulous Pinky Padmaraj for an impeccable and flawless evening, laced with bonhomie, music, singing (who would think that a talented chef like Nimisha Verghese had an hidden talent for singing!) and maybe even a spot of dancing…blame it on the food and wine!