Caravelle's month of wine indulgence

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Next month the Caravelle Hotel will be pouring some new champagne and other wine from France and Australia, and trying something different with its menus.

On Tuesday, September 6, the hotel's Reflections Restaurant will be serving a five-course dinner washed down with Michel Laurent Muscadet de Sevre-et-Maine, Emile Durand Bourgogne Chardonnay, Chablis and Bourgogne Rouge, and other French wines.

The meal to accompany the Gallic grape will start with canapés, and move on to grilled beef rib eye, red onion compote, bacon pea ragout, artichoke and potato mousseline, for a total price of VND1,490,000 net per person.

On Thursday, September 8, Reflections has scheduled a seven-course dinner with Leeuwin Estate wines from Western Australia, for the same price.

The dinner will begin with canapés and a glass of 2009 Siblings Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. This will be followed by a first course of lightly cured smoked salmon, cauliflower puree and soft poached egg, paired with a 2009 Prelude Series Chardonnay.

For main course, dessert and the rest, there will be Art Series Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Shiraz, as well as a 2005 Prelude Cabernet Merlot, 2007 Brut Chardonnay Pinot Noir paired with roasted quail, creamy polenta and parmesan sauce, glazed cherry Bavaroise with poached cherries, dark chocolate tuile and sorbet.

The evening of September 15 is the date set for the Caravelle's Taittinger Purple Night 2011, a time for networking and chatting with friends around the pool while sipping French champagne, munching on fine finger food, and listening to music presented by a DJ.

The champagne from the Taittinger Winery in Reims, France will be served with Vietnamese oysters, and a selection of canapés, including seafood ragout with lobster cream, puff pastry toque, and cream cheese praline with pear compote in tartlet.

Tickets for Taittinger Purple Night 2011 cost VND1,280,000 net and are available at the Lobby Shop.

Still on the subject of finger food, the Martini Bar inside Reflections will be serving new tapas-style finger food every Friday evening in September.

The warm and hot bites of chicken strips with chili dip and garlic shrimp and rabbit terrine with pickles and Parma ham on crispy nut and apricot slices will cost from VND21,000 apiece.

Back to Reflections, where the menu from September 12 to 21 will feature seasonal green lip mussels on ice with classic condiments, in soup, or served as a main dish in traditional Thai, Provencal or Thermidor style. The price will start at VND500,000 for half a kilo of mussels, and VND980,000 per kilo.

Brioche specials will be the order of the day in the Caravelle's Lobby Lounge from September 12 to 18. During this promotion, lovers of French food can try diversified French-toasted brioche styles including with sautéed apples and vanilla bean sauce Anglaise, with warm cherry stew and macadamia nut ice cream, and with fresh tropical fruits.

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