Last Thursday 19th September there were some special flavours coming out of the Entre Cielos kitchen. As part of their monthly themed dinner nights, chef Andres Fozatti created four asian inspired dishes paired with local wines for a tasty meal in the classy setting of this luxury boutique hotel, restaurant and vineyard.
Kicking off with their own fruity rose wine paired with salmon geishas and passionfruit dressing, the amuse bouche was enough to get your tongue tickling. Then it was onto a crisp Sauvignon Blanc with spring rolls and tempura prawn.
The next pairing was the one that really ticked the box for me: a silky Uco Valley Pinot Noir with delicate sushi rolls. People often assume white wine needs to go with fish and sushi, but Pinot Noir’s subtle, juicy flavours and high acidity make it an ideal pairing. Still happily sitting with the Pinot Noir came the ‘main course’ of a chicken wok. Chef Andres prepares all the ingredients of the wok separately before just mixing them at the end so they each maintain their individual flavours. The result: very enjoyable.
The grand finale was a white chocolate mousse, a delectable note to finish on before coffee to perk us up after a languid dinner party.
On a usual night Entre Cielos is a gorgeous place to dine, with tasteful decor, a handsome setting, fusion cuisine and one of the better booze trolleys in Mendoza, but it particularly comes into its own on the well attended themed nights that introduce a bit of exoticism to what can be quite a predictable food scene in Mendoza.
“The idea of the monthly themes is to give something to the locals,” explains owner Cecile Adam. “The price must be affordable, and we create a menu card that fits for tourist tastes but also local tastes. The idea is ‘Alta Cocina Mendocina’, all freshly made from Mendocenean chefs, with some creations that fit with international demands. The next themes will be Noche Española on 17 October and Noche Brasileña on 21st November.”
And they didn’t get it wrong. The menu had a good balance of oriental flavour in an approachable manner that even people trying ‘asian’ food for the first time would enjoy. It is only in the last decade that Mendoza has seen restaurants beyond pizza, pasta and parilla, but in recent years there is a growing niche in international cuisine and Entre Cielos is certainly part of that growing – and oh so very tasty – sector.
The restaurant is open every day with their a la carte menu too which is being revamped for the Spring menu in mid-October.
Guardia Vieja 1998, Lujan de Cuyo. www.entrecielos.com
By Amanda Barnes