Introduces a New Nightly Degustation Menu
Mantra Bar & Restaurant has set the benchmark for global cuisine since its opening over ten years ago. It consistently ranks in the top restaurants of the city and deserves its enviable reputation for serving unswerving quality in an ambiance of contemporary elegance. Chic, stylish and unique it works hard to maintain its position in Pattaya’s gastro circles. Exclusive culinary (and musical) events take place regularly especially wine dinners where the skills of their Executive Chef, Shaun Venter and his brigade make for a memorable evening.
Mick and I were to be served their new Wine Dinner Menu featuring a septet of carefully selected wines paired with a gourmet 7-course dinner for B.2,999 net. The first pouring of the evening featured an Italian Conte Fosco Cuvee Brut. Bubbles are always an exciting aperitif and this flute fitted the bill perfectly, accompanied by top drawer Atlantic salmon liberally sprinkled with Togarashi, a spicy Japanese chilli. Crowned with wonderful Keta Russian red caviar on a bed of seaweed and dressed with a classic Japanese Ponzo it proved an innovative and delicious opening and a portent of what was to come.
Seared sea scallops followed served in a puddle of cauliflower puree and sprinkled with a truly toothsome Parma ham dust. Also on the platter was an espresso coffee cup of Miso onion broth which added another gastro-dimension with its underlying umami kick. The wine paring was Pinical Estates Reserve Chardonnay from Australia. This fresh young wine with its creamy volume and fruity balance escorted this course admirably.
The next pour was a Surya Nero d’Avola Merlot IGT from Sicily. An intense ruby red wine with hues of garnet and slightly woody notes, it more than deserved its place with the classic extravagance of pan seared foie gras. The liver had been treated to a burnished glaze and was attended by a selection of vanilla stewed fruit. We were oohing and aahing all the way. I loved every morsel, it was a perfect plate of food and the fig, prune and apricot were especially luscious. I’d buy a barrel of them if I could.
Then followed a Jerusalen artichoke veloute with black truffle and Parmesan croquettes. These ingredients created a perfect threesome. The delicate nutty flavour of the hand peeled Jerusalem artichokes balanced the earthiness and richness of the truffle and the Parmesan croquettes were salty gems floating in the liquid – a quite delicious soup. Just a little more and alas the bottom of my plate appeared, I could have licked it clean! It was served with an Italian Zonin Pinot Grigio 2016, pale yellow with scents of almond and peaches – superb.
The main course of grilled Australian Beef Tenderloin was perfected with a red wine jus, ceps risotto and asparagus spears. A glass of Argentinean Argento Malbec balanced the flavours and brought together the luxury overload.
A splendid cheese trolley selection then arrived on the table. The accompanying wine was a fine Australian Tempus Two Shiraz Hunter Valley 2015 with its luscious aromas of liquorice and dark chocolate accentuated by a nutty oak barrel maturation it was a sensational coupling.
Dessert concluded the feasting and what a dessert it proved to be – a green tea-ramisu. An East/West fusion had devised a variation on the classic tiramisu cake but using green tea instead of espresso and cocoa powder. The chosen wine was a Chilean Echeverria Sauvignon Blanc Late Harvest 2015. This complex dessert wine, golden in colour was an intense and harmonious partner to the lusciousness of the green tea-ramisu.
Tea, coffee and sweet endings were also available. The menu changes regularly so do check their website for the upcoming degustations which are available nightly.
Open daily from 6.00 pm till l.00 am. (The bar opens at 5.00 pm). Tel: (038) 429 591 or visit www.mantra-pattaya.com.