Perfect wine pairing for our Valentine's Day menu

Published: Wednesday, 12 February 2020

For diners who may prefer a couple of glasses or a bottle of wine to accompany their Indian meal we have taken the liberty of putting together a number of suggestions for suitable pairings from our wine list. Whilst the dishes listed are all available from our normal à la carte menu, albeit in different formats, they also form the basis of our special Valentine’s Day menu to be served on Friday 14th February this year. Where available by the glass, prices are given for a 175 ml measure. All bottles are 75 cl.

Three Valentine starter platters are offered consisting of either a meat, fish or vegetarian selection. The Meat platter contains a duck samosa, lamb seekh kebab and Haryali chicken tikka and all three meats can be enjoyed equally by pairing with the Jean Loron Gamay Noir. This French red wine has a deep purple colour, an aroma of black and blue berries with liquorice spice and mineral notes and intense fruit flavours. Available by the bottle at £21.95 or by the glass for £5.95.

The Vegetarian platter deserves a crisp white Chenin Blanc and our South African Groote Post is an excellent example. Originating from the Western Cape region it is particularly well suited to paneer recipes. At £19.95 a bottle or £6.95 for a glass this is “one to watch” according to wine writer Robert Joseph.

The Seafood platter contains a selection of tandoori prawns, tandoori salmon and masala fish which is a marinated basa. Basa is a mild flavoured fish with a firm texture similar to haddock or cod. Our dry rosé, Mi Mi Provence Rosé, is a classic Provençale with soft and fresh peachy aromas and a mild almost apricot palate. This dry wine, a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grape varieties is an excellent accompaniment to seafood. Available by the bottle at £24.95.

Our main course of a Tandoori Combination containing lamb fillet, chicken breast and Malai chicken tikka requires a medium bodied red wine able to balance the tandoori spices in the food. At £5.95 per glass or £21.95 for a bottle the Argentinian Zapa Malbec, with a rich fruity and smoky aroma, ticks all the boxes and is particularly well suited to dishes cooked in a tandoor.

To accompany our Tandoori Jingha, a dish of marinated king prawns, grilled then served with curry sauce and salad, we recommend the Maison Sauvion Sancerre Les Fondettes from the Loire Valley. This excellent classy crisp aromatic dry French wine, from the sauvignon blanc grape variety, is an ideal pairing with tandoori prawns. £35.95 a bottle.

Our always popular Beef and Potato Madras, which is rich and hot with green chillies and coriander, requires a full bodied dry red wine, so why not plump for a South African Pinotage? At £34.95 a bottle the Painted Wolf Guillermo Pinotage can easily tame this spicy dish and pairs wonderfully with beef.

The final seafood dish on the Valentine’s menu is a rustic Punjabi dish of Fish Bhuna, served in a thick sauce flavoured with ginger, tomato and onion which is matched with a Chablis de la Motte from Burgundy. This dry white wine, renowned for the purity of its aroma and taste, is rich and rounded with hints of grilled almonds and buttery fruit then classic mineral tones and balancing acidity on the finish. £36.95 a bottle.

Another wine which enhances the spicy flavours of Indian dishes is our Turckheim tradition Gewurztraminer from Alsace at £26.95 a bottle. This wine shows a lovely balance of ripeness with fragrant rose petal, grapefruit and lychee aromas and a hint of sweet spice and is particularly suitable to accompany our hot and spicy Garlic Chilli Chicken.

Another of our chicken favourites, Chicken Makhani, which is served in a creamy sauce, pairs extremely well with a Zapa Malbec Rosé from Mendoza, Argentina. With a bright nose of strawberries and cherries, the palate is creamy but light and refreshing with plenty of red fruit and just a delicate hint of sweetness. Available by the glass at £5.95 or bottle at £21.95.

A good Spanish Rioja is required to balance the flavours of the strong jus in our Lamb Nihari and the Don Placero Sin Crianza fits the bill remarkably well. With an admirable balance of fruit and oak giving a smooth and mellow wine it pairs well with our lamb dish. At £5.95 a glass or a reasonable £21.95 for a bottle it is a good value addition to your meal.

Chicken Tikka Masala is a mild and subtly spiced dish with which an easy drinking Pinot Grigio pairs well. Our House White, Robinia Pinot Grigio, from the Italian region of Pavia is lightly aromatic with ripe citrus and baked apple characters with a soft honeyed sweetness. This ever popular wine comes in at £4.95 a glass or £16.95 for the bottle.

Finally, to accompany our Chicken Korma try the Villa Rosa Sauvignon Blanc from Chile. This wine has a pale green colour and is an intense wine with citric grapefruit notes blended with tropical aromas like mango which match the dish. It's a light-medium bodied wine with a good acidity, fresh style and good persistence. Available at £21.95 for a bottle or £5.95 by the glass.

We hope you enjoy your dining experience and wish you ‘Bon appétit’!

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