- 4 years ago
- Wedding: March 2014
I posted earlier about our upcoming menu tasting (see here), the issue being that it was (a) super expensive (especially for one plate of each to be split between four of us) and (b) we had to choose a limited number of options rather than taste a selection. Our menu tasting, with my parents & FH & I, was today and it actually went surprisingly smoothly! The fun actually started en route where we drove past our venue and saw a wedding taking place on our rooftop right then! (the tasting was to be at their other venue). So we took a detour to check it out (public road below the yacht squadron so not too nosey), they were in the middle of the ceremony, my dad asked FH whether it was giving him nerves… haha what about me already tearing up??!! i’m a sook.
Anyway, here’s the fun stuff you’ve come for.. the food!
Firstly… the entree. The options we chose to try were:
The snapper received an overall standing ovation…
The scallops… did not (even though it didn’t look too bad)
So straight away we ran into the problem we’d anticipated, not liking one dish and potentially having to choose another sight & taste unseen. We decided that since having two served alternately would be an extra pp cost, and we liked the snapper, we’d just run with that on its own.
The good thing was by this point we’d built up a bit of a rapport with the table next to us, also another couple and one set of parents, so by this point we were comparing notes with each other and we had chosen entirely different options to taste test, so we were able to see a few other options.
Main course tasting options were chicken and lamb… but I’ve also included the beef because it was going to be a potential alternative to the lamb (these were chosen from a list of 11).
The chicken. I’ll admit I wasn’t overly sure about this option before we started but it was our preferred out of the two options and mum and dad were keen on it so we decided to give it a go. When it was served my initial feelings intensified… and then I completlely did a U-turn because it was DELICIOUS. Totally, meltingly, insatiably delicious. Way to be proven wrong – a good lesson not to judge a book by its cover. I’m slightly concerned our guests may do the same, but hopefully they’ll be equally wowed by the taste.
The lamb. Again, incredibly tasty. We had in our heads that if this didn’t work we’d “fall back” on the beef option, but no need because this was great. It’s a shame this photo doesn’t actually show more of the meat! As dad says, a good steak can be found nearly anywhere, but this was more special, so onto our menu it goes 🙂 – although the other table had the beef and it looked amazing too.
So 2/2 from the mains which was good! Especially for what was coming next. The chicken and beef will be served alternately (fairly common here, not sure about other places?).
So on to dessert. We were testing:
The mandarin parfait… was an abject disappointment. Maybe the fuzzy photo reflects that? Doesn’t help that this was before we realised they’d left the almond brittle… which was more like little bits of caramelized crackling spread over the plate when they returned it … but yeah, pretty average all around, looks & taste.
The cookie sandwich was my choice to taste and it looked amazing. Unfortunately, it was super duper hard, so difficult to cut. Apparently they do it so that if people are on the dance floor when it’s served it can thaw out a bit before it falls apart, but whilst it tasted ok it really wasn’t hitting where we wanted it to go.
So 0/2 on the desserts 🙁 This could have been more of a problem… except the other table were served two desserts we were DROOLING at and they said they sounded delicious. So two ready-made backup options, that the other table essentially road tested for us:
Throughout the whole afternoon mum and dad (who had enough wedding-related paperwork to kill a small forest ) had question after question of the catering team and it was becoming incredibly clear that dad was less than impressed with the wine options – FH & I don’t drink wine but the rest of my family does (we’re from NZ and dad has an exceedingly high opinion of NZ whites etc etc etc) and it was clear the wine options weren’t up to his standards. Plus there were a raft of other questions… bless their hearts, they’re so wonderful & generous but also sometimes miss the vibe that they’re starting to verge into “enough is enough” territory when it comes to expectations … we were one of the last to leave, a long time after the table next to us in the end… and after we finally got done our event manager came back to us to say that there just happened to be leftover chocolate fondant and eton mess and would we be interested in testing that too by any chance?! (FH & I absolutely positive they were trying to placate mum & dad… oh dear :P).
Well… both were instant, epic hits. The eton mess was so good we just dived straight in and forgot to take photos. There was a longer wait for the chocolate fondant because they had to put it in the oven for us (!) but when it came out… well this is just classic goofballFH (he has a slight chocolate addiction… can you tell?) 😛
And they actually brought two of each out, so we actually ended up getting TRIPLE our expected quantity of dessert to taste 🙂
So there you have it! Fish to start, chicken and lamb for mains, chocolate & fruity eton mess for dessert 🙂 And no blood shed by anyone either, which wasn’t necessarily guaranteed at the start of the day 😛
My take on the day? Pretty much summed up in this photo