Eden Hall was proud to sponsor a series of fine wine diners in Shanghai this month, working with T8 Restaurant, Singapore’s The Tippling Club, Kurow Winery (Waitaki, NZ) and Pasquale Viticultura (Hakataramea, NZ).
Working with T8 chef Adam Liston and guest chef Ryan Clift from The Tippling Club in Singapore, Eden Hall wines were matched to three stunning menus for three distinct events – a media only luncheon, the “Twisted Table” 18 course degustation VIP dinner and finally, an eight course degustation dinner for T8 regular customers.
T8 is highly regarded worldwide, with Conde Nast magazine rating it in the world’s top 50 restaurants. Chef Adam Liston, formerly of Adelaide’s Melting Pot and The Wine Underground, is turning heads in his new role as T8’s executive chef, winning numerous local awards for his inventive and visually stunning cuisine. Into the mix was thrown the amazing Ryan Clift, owner and chef of Singapore’s The Tippling Club. Previously Melbourne based at Vue de Monde, Ryan Clift has revolutionised fine dining with a passion and emphasis on the de-construction and re-construction of ingredients, flavours, textures and visual presentation. There is no better way of capturing the essence of his cooking than by stating that through the use of advanced food technologies – think of de/rehydration, emulsification, distillation and liquid nitrogen for starters – Ryan Clift cooks for the 5 senses.
The Twisted Table menu (see attached with supporting images) was an adventurous exercise, given the somewhat inconsistent behaviour of the kitchen equipment, the language barrier (only Adam’s sous chef “Frank” speaks English among the 15 staff on the T8 kitchen floor) and the incredible heat (temperatures in the kitchen regularly hit 55C!), besides the many other unforeseen problems that eventuated. The event maintained a strong Australian flavour with many of the ingredients, the wines and the chefs themselves sourced from these shores.
The audience response to the Eden Hall wines was all that we could have wished for and more. “It is about time that wines of such quality made it into Shanghai,” remarked “That’s Shanghai” Food and drink Editor Justin Fisher. “This style of Riesling is what I love’. And this type of observation was made frequently about the quality of Eden Hall’s wines and their packaging. The Shanghainese have developed an incredibly sophisticated palate, no doubt heavily influence through exposure to classic French cuisine and wine culture. This is not a market that is easily pleased or wowed with culinary ‘smoke and mirrors’. They have very high expectations and are regularly exposed to the best the world has to offer – dining on the Bund was an eye opening experience to how far Shanghai dining has evolved. Think eastern influenced cuisine served by young Shanghainese clad in uniforms expected of Manhattan or Paris; our maitre d at the cutting edge eatery “Mr and Mrs Bund”, welcomed us wearing a purple suede waistcoat and red Converse Chuck Taylor high cut sneakers!
The attached menus and photographs give a glimpse of the events hosted at T8 restaurant and it was a thrilling platform from which to launch the Eden Hall brand in China. There is no better way to convince an international audience of the quality of fine wine and dining experiences on offer in Australia. We look forward to working with our Sales and Marketing Manger, Genevieve Prior, to establish the Eden Hall brand within the established fine dining culture within Shanghai and Hong Kong. To that extent, we have begun planning our next promotional event in conjunction with Pasquale Viticultura from New Zealand – a series of “Australia VS New Zealand” tastings and dining events to coincide with the Bledisloe Cup fixture in Hong Kong in late October 2010.
TWISTED TABLE 18 COURSE MENU
- Charred and smoked green peppers, soy and wasabi dipping sauce 2010 Eden Hall Riesling (pre-release)
- Vichysoise, confit potato, avruga caviar 2010 Eden Hall Riesling (pre- release)
- Beetroot mousse, lyophilized yoghurt 2010 Eden Hall Riesling (pre-release)
- Jamon de bellotta, puffed rice paper, black olive 2005 Eden Hall CSV blend
- Ortiz anchovy, gazpacho sorbet 2009 Eden Hall Riesling
- East &West vegetables, emulsions, purees, herbs & flowers 2009 Eden Hall Riesling
- Clam dashi, cucumber, kombu, wild herbs, flowers 2009 Eden Hall Riesling
- King fish, edamame, black radish, soy tofu, sea grass 2004 Eden Hall Museum Release Riesling
- Blue fin Tuna, spinal fluid gel, dill 2004 Eden Hall Museum Release Riesling
- Gin cured Salmon, pea emulsion, summer corn & saltcod chowder 2004 Eden Hall Museum Release Riesling
- Beijing Duck consommé, mandarin spiced tempura duck ball 2002 AND 2004 Museum Release Eden Hall Shiraz Viognier
- Foie gras, spiced gaufrette biscuit, granny smith 2006 Eden Hall CSV blend
- Sichuan Pigeon, creamed cauliflower, coffee crumbs, barrel carrot 2002 (Museum Release) AND 2006 Eden Hall Cabernet Sauvignon
- David Blackmore Wagyu striploin 9+ burnt carrot, black bread 2005 AND 2006 Eden Hall Shiraz
- Nitro muesli 2004 Eden Hall Ratafia Riesling
- Pear tartin 2010, puff crumbs, caramel, spice 2006 Eden Hall Ratafia Riesling
- Banana Cake, choc chip ice cream, salted caramel, popcorn powder 2006 Eden Hall Ratafia Riesling
- T8 petit fours
TWISTED TABLE DINNER NUMBER 2. 6 COURSES
- Beetroot mousee, lyophilized yoghurt
- Vichysoisse, confit potato, avruga caviar Bubbles selected and supplied by T8
- The Vegetable garden 2009 Eden Hall Riesling
- Kingfish, chorizo, pickled cucumber, radish, herbs, shellfish froth 2004 Eden Hall Museum Release Riesling
- Foie Gras, spiced gaufrette biscuit, granny smith 2002 Eden Hall Museum Release Shiraz Viognier
- Suckling Pig, “mojo” sauce, creamed & raw cauliflower, Jamon 2005 Eden Hall Cabernet Sauvignon
- Beef “n” Beet, hose radish, beet crunchies, cress 2006 Eden Hall Shiraz
- Nitro muesli – PRE DESSERT 2006 Eden Hall Ratafia Riesling
- Broken Ice cream sandwich 2004 Eden Hall Ratafia Riesling