Thursdays at the Tasting Table are a regular series of food and wine events put together by Taste Hungary.
We went along for a dinner and wine tasting with special guests: the Hernyak Family and this is what we thought:
Thursdays at the Tasting Table are held at The Tasting Table & Shop - Brody Sandor Utca 9. The room is a lovely mixture of wine cellar, kitchen and living room, and has a welcoming feel. It's a small select store which stocks local wines you simply won't find in supermarkets or bigger stores.
Our chef for the evening was Thomas, who cooks for the Portuguese ambassador. He was very friendly and very talented in the kitchen.
We started with a Kiralyleanyka 2015, a white, dry, citrusy wine. It was delicious! It was paired with tiny canapés: feta wrapped with red pepper and topped with an olive. These were delectable and I had to stop myself eating everyone else's.
For a starter we had a Porcini and Chanterelle mushroom salad with Parmesan and parsley. It was really yummy, especially the parm which was as good as an Italian parm and the salad which was fresh and crisp.
Vali said that 2015 was an excellent year, very sunny, and 2014 was more 'interesting' (catastrophic).
HOWEVER, I absolutely loved the 2014, it was very honey like (both in taste and texture) with a sour after-taste, I loved it because I thought it was full of flavour and gave it a 10/10. Tanbay preferred the 2015 though.
For the main most guests had duck confit with summer cabbage pasta. We went for the veggie option and had new potatoes, white asparagus and the most delicious lemon and parsley sauce we've ever had. The sauce was so tasty I would gladly eat that and only that for the rest of my life. We also tried the cabbage pasta which was very interesting. The thin pasta worked really well with the texture of the cabbage.
For dessert we had strawberries with mascarpone. This was Tanbay's favourite course and he gulped it down before I could blink! The mascarpone melted in the mouth and the strawberries were perfect.
After dinner we were lucky enough to try out a sparkling wine and brandy from the Hernyak Vineyard.
The brandy was 40% alcohol and had been aged for three years in a barrel, and then another three in a bottle. It was very yummy and the perfect end to the evening.
To book your evening, head over to their website: www.tastingtablebudapest.com/thursdays-tasting-table Taste Hungary do lots of other splendid evenings/tours which you can find more about here. We actually tried a Hungarian-Vegetarian tour with Taste Hungary too, read our review here.
Disclaimer: Travelling Weasels were invited as guests, but all opinions are our own as always.
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