posted 5th September 2013
‘The Incredible Spiceman’ came.........
The excitement had been building for months ahead of last nights Spice Evening 3 with Cyrus Todiwala in the Mirabelle Restaurant here at the Grand.
Chef Todiwala is an old pal of our own Executive Chef Gerald Röser, so when it was suggested 6 years ago they get together and cook an Indian meal there was no hesitation.
So over the years, the Mirabelle has hosted 2 of these sell out evenings, with last night being the 3rd this was no exception….
Cyrus is currently known for his brilliant BBC2 television show with fellow Chef Tony Singh in ‘The Incredible Spicemen’. The two Chefs are travelling all around the British Isles and spicing up traditional British cuisine. Personal favourites so far would have to be the spicy fish and chips, pulled Pork with Cinnamon and Clove and of course McSinghs Scotch Pie…. And the series is only half way through!
So with a full house of 50 diners, we eagerly gathered in the Mirabelle lounge for canapés and Prosecco with Cinnamon and Mango!
Cyrus and Gerald were on hand to give an insight to what we were about to experience, explaining each dish in detail….. We could hardly wait to be called for dinner!
With drinks over it was off to the Mirabelle Restaurant, tables of 8 all set out and off we went with a truly remarkable gourmet experience.
Beetroot and Coconut Soup with mini steamed dumplings was followed by a delicious fillet of Haddock on Chilli Risotto with pickled Scallop. Things were definitely looking good! The second course was delicious Yoghurt and Peanut Rice on Cardamom infused Rhubarb Chutney with spiced Onion Potato and Carrot fritters. Main course was inspirational, Tandoori Goosnargh Duck Sausage, Manx Loaghtan Lamb Pulao and the most amazing chargrilled Celeriac and sweet Pototo puree.
Not sure if I was going to do justice to the dessert after all this fine food, but well, you have to make the effort don’t you! And what a miss it would have been if I had declined, a light Saffron, Ginger and Cardamom flavoured Crème Brulee with Hazelnut puree Ice Cream… Perfection!
All this with carefully chosen wines to accompany each course, I think it fair to say all plates were empty by the end of the meal. With the flavours we experienced still lingering it was time for Chefs Todiwala and Roser to make their entrance and receive the well deserved (and earned) applause of the entire restaurant.
Our biggest challenge now is to tie Cyrus down for Spice Evening 4 …… It needs to be done and if we can arrange it there is no doubt it will be another sell out dinner!
Big thanks to Cyrus and Gerald for putting on an unforgettable evening for all who attended.