Antipodean experience – Hardys finest wines and delicious food and service by Lantana.
Guest feature by Sarah James:
It seems like no time at all has passed since I was in Australia this time last year, enjoying visiting ‘cellar doors’, and seeing amazing wildlife in its natural setting.
Instead of a friendly ‘gudday’ in the sunshine we headed to a more grey and damp Old Street to Latana. However, our welcome was as warm, and our hosts knowledgeable about both the food and wine. The evening was designed to showcase both Hardy’s range of wines and the freshness of Antipodean cuisine.
We were greeted with a lovely glass of bubbly, made from the classic champagne grapes of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir this was delicate and delightful. At £7 from Asda it’s also an absolute bargain, and I’d be very tempted to swap this for my normal Prosecco.
The culinary energy of Antipodean cuisine is grabbing the attention of the global gastronomy scene with its fresh and unique flavours, where in the UK, chefs and Londoners alike are delving into the unknown world of “Down Under”. The menu that we sampled at Latana was designed to complement the range of wines on offer and capture some of the key themes such as the all-day breakfast, austral-asian flavours, fresh and native ingredients as well as the classic surf and turf.
Highlights of the wines we tried were:
- Oomoo Sauvignon Blanc 2012 available from the website at £11.49 ,
- The Nottage Hill Riesling which is an amazing £40 for a case of 6 bottles. (This is nothing like the German Rieslings of yesteryear; it’s dry with citrus flavours and worked perfectly with Thai fishcakes.)
- The Eillen Hardy Pinot Noir 2012. This was great with spicy beef. At £34.99, this would be a treat bottle for me.
So if you fancy something a little different, the evening is available for consumers to book for the next two nights (Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th) and tickets are available on Yplan for just £10: