Wine and food Flight - Bentley Bistro & Bar, Abu Dhabi
When I heard they were hosting a wine and food flight, I was curious beyond measure to see how they would pull it off. These affairs are usually intimate and conducive to meaningful conversation, new friendships and intimate moments.
|Edouard Payot (centre) introduces the wines.|
My immediate impression as I was shown to the flight area was that they had done it. In terms of finding a space that checked all the boxes with regards to intimacy, a place for meaningful conversation and intimate moments they had succeeded. They chose to use the elevated dining area at the opposite end of the bar which was a naturally closed off area and away from the rest of the restaurant, part still very much part of it if you will. Intimate yes. There may have been about 35 people there. Perfect. Wine barrels with large candles on them added that touch that made you feel it was an evening about wine.
|Two of the wines enjoyed.|
An evening about wine, yes. We were there to sample the wines of M. Chapoutier, a winemaker in the Rhone region of France with an emphasis on harmony with nature when it comes to the growth and harvesting of the grapes to the production and sale of wine.
The evening starts off with some canapés and some of the wine that will be enjoyed on the night. While I arrived alone, it is not long before I am engaged in a conversation with one of the suppliers. The conversation moves effortlessly, and never do we engage in meaningless weather conversation. Family, London and Australia, wine in the UAE, great restaurants...that's the beauty of an evening like this. Regardless of the rest of the evening, Bentley has already created memories.
After an hour or so, we take our seats and the restaurant manager welcomes everyone. He is too modest to even contemplate this, but it must be a proud moment for him. The wine dinner was born of something so elementary - a love for food, wine and people. Soon after we are given an introduction to the wine and the company philosophy by Edouard Payot, the export manager. We are fascinated - organic wine from the Rhone region. He is all about people enjoying wine. "You don't have to be a sommelier to enjoy wine", is one of the things he says that stays with me. A short but extremely useful talk that gives us a bit of context and insight into the wines to be enjoyed this night.
|One of Bentley's signtature strengths is the salads|
The menu, presented as a boarding pass has 4 flights. The menu for the night is as follows
|My favourite of the night|
Bentley Bistro & Bar
Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi
02 626 2131