Upper Mekong
Upper Mekong

Connie Lambeth

The Australia Times News

Editor GOURMET – Food/Wine/Events

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Pairing a beautiful wine with dinner has been made easy and fuss-free at Mekong on Kensington Street.The award winning Indochine restaurant has teamed up with another Kensington Street favourite, Handpicked Wines, to curate a decadent night of Wine + Spice on Wednesday 15 August, 2018.

The one-off dinner event is not to be missed! Mekong’s Chef Tiw has created a masterful menu of canapés, entrées, mains, and a dessert, infused with brilliant spices, that complements a selection of Handpicked wines, offering up an experience that explores how different wines pair with different spices in new and unexpected ways.

More than just a fabulous evening of food and drink, Wine + Spice is an educational event designed to give diners an appreciation of how wine can elevate the dining experience. The careful curation of Handpicked wine varieties has been specifically chosen to highlight the Indochine spices used in each of Chef Tiw’s dishes.

The evening begins at 6:30pm at Handpicked Cellar Door, with a beautiful 2012 Riesling from the Clare Valley. Its firm acidity and crisp finish will be paired with Grilled Tumeric Catfish and Roasted Chili & Lime on a Betel Leaf. Diners will then amble the short distance down Kensington Street to Mekong where awaiting them will be an entrée, consisting of Roasted Cauliflower with Five Spice and Mint Yoghurt, paired with a vibrant and fruity 2017 Rosé from the Yarra Valley.

Moving onto the main, Chef Tiw has planned some signature shared dishes, including: Beef Cheek Curry, paired with a spicy and dark berry 2013Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra in South Australia; Tooth Fish paired with a charming 2016 Pinot Grigio from Venezie Giulia in Italy; and finally Pork Hock, paired with a supple and deliciously dark 2015 Shiraz from the Barossa Valley in South Australia.

The evening will close with a Lychee Mousse with Mango and Black Pepper paired with a special blind tasting.

Inspired by the countries along the Mekong River – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam –Mekong is a travelling feast on a river cruise through the Mekong, sampling all the flavours on offer along the way. Packing a punch, Mekong’s electric menu is a favourite to diners across Sydney and this special evening offers up the ultimate dining experience.

Early-bird Tickets are on sale now at $95. Book your ticket online before they sell-out:

What: Wine + Spice at Mekong
Where: Mekong Restaurant, 2/14 Kensington Street, Chippendale NSW 2008
When: Wednesday 15 August 2018, 6:30pm
Early-Bird $95
Full $120

**Information and Images Courtesy of Mekong/Cardinal Spin – Matt Fraser