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Tandoor Dining and Lounge Intimate spaces, a contemporary style and the cuisine of warriors and poets, make this North west Frontier Province culinary experience magical.

Jyran Dining

30% off on Indian & International wines Or
Devour our Chef’s special menu with 3-4 courses paired with wines

Set Course Menu – Price:Rs.2000 (all inclusive)

VEGETARIAN SET MENU

First Course: SOUP
TAMATAR KA SHORBA
Tomato broth tempered with whole coriander and cumin

Wine:Golden Sparrow, Chardonnay, Italy

Second Course: APPETIZERS (Choice of one)

PANEER KHAS
Exotic cottage cheese chunks filled with mint chutney, cooked in a clay oven
DAHI KE KEBAB
Hung yoghurt blended with fried cashew nuts, fresh coriander & green chillies
SUBZ SHIKHAMPURI
Seasonal vegetables and lentil cake seasoned with Indian spices and shallow fried

Third Course:MAINS (Choice of one)

KOFTA SUBZ BAHAR
Vegetables and cottage cheese dumplings cooked in a rich sauce of tomato,onion and cashew nut gravy
GANDANA KA SAAG
Chopped spinach tempered with garlic and red chilies
PIND DE CHOLE
A Punjabi specialty preparation made with chick peas tempered with dry pomegranate seeds and asafoetida

ASSORTED BREADS(Choice of one)
Naan Makhani, Tandoori Roti, Missi Roti

BIRYANI AND DAL ( both are served as accompaniments)

SUBZ DUM BIRYANI
Seasonal vegetable and basmati rice cooked and mixed with spices and cooked under steam

DAL MAKHANI
Whole black lentils cooked overnight on tandoor finished with butter and cream

Wine: Rubicone Soledoro, Sangiovese, Italy

Fourth  Course:DESSERT (Choice of one)

KHEER SHAN E SHAUKAT
Rice cooked in ghee with reduced milk, jaggery and cardamom topped with dry fruits
ASSORTED KULFI
Malai / Kesar / Paan

NON VEGETARIAN SET MENU

First Course:SOUP

ZAFFRANI MURGH AUR DHANIYE KA SHORBA
Saffron flavoured chicken soup

Wine:Golden Sparrow, Chardonnay, Italy

Second Course:APPETIZERS (Choice of one)

MURGH SHAZEBI KARAK SEEKH
Deep fried minced chicken filled with cheese, green chilies and mint
GILAFI SEEKH
Tender lamb mince with Chef Qureshi’s secret spices coated with bell peppers,onions cooked in a clay oven
MAHI AJAWANI TIKKA
Kolkata bekti marinated with caraway seeds and olive oil, cooked in a clay oven

Third Course:MAINS (Choice of one)

CHOOZA MAKHANI
A popular North Indian preparation made with tandoori chicken cooked in rich tomato gravy
DULMA MUTTER
Lamb mince and green peas cooked with onion, tomato and Indian spices
ALOO JALPARI
Home style preparation of fresh water pomfret and potatoes cooked with onion and tomatoes

ASSORTED BREADS(Choice of one)
Naan Makhani, Tandoori Roti, Missi Roti

BIRYANI AND DAL ( both are served as accompaniments)

MURGH DUM BIRYANI
Aromatic rice preparation with chicken and saffron cream

DAL MAKHANI
Whole black lentils cooked overnight on tandoor finished with butter and cream

Wine:Rubicone Soledoro, Sangiovese, Italy

Fourth  Course:DESSERT (Choice of one)

KHEER SHAN E SHAUKAT
Rice cooked in ghee with reduced milk, jaggery and cardamom
topped with dry fruits
ASSORTED KULFI
Malai / Kesar / Paan

CHOOSE ANY WINE FROM THE WINE LIST BELOW AT 30% OFF

CHAMPAGNE

VINTAGE
Louis Roederer, Cristal, Brut, 2004
Louis Roederer, Brut Vintage

NON VINTAGE
Drappier
Piper Heidseick, Brut
G.H. Mumm
Billecart Salmon, Brut
Louis Roederer, Brut Premier
Bollinger “Special cuvee Brut
Taittinger Brut
Mumm Rose
Taittinger Rose

SPARKLING

Duc De Breux, Blanc de Blanc, Brut, France
Asti Spumante, Zonin, Italy
Sula, Brut, India
Zardetto Private Cuvee, Spumante Brut, Italy

WHITE WINES

FRANCE
Guy Saget La Petite Perrière, Sauvignon Blanc, 2010
Dourthe, Beau Mayne, Bordeaux, 2010
Guy Saget, Vouvray, Loire, 2008
Domaine Paul Mas, Vigne de Nicole Viognier Chardonnay, 2009
Dourthe N1, Bordeaux Blanc Sauvignon, 2009
Château De Fontenille, Entre Deux Mers Blanc, 2009
Delas Saint Esprit, Cote Du Rhone Blanc, 2009
Perrin Reserve White, 2010
Chateau Paranchere AOC, Bordeaux Superior, 2007
Gerard Bertrand, Chateau L’Hospitalet Reserve Blanc AOC, 2009
Gerard Bertrand, Speciale Reserve DOC, Chardonnay, 2009
Rene Mure, Riesling, 2009
Rene Mure, Gewurztraminer, 2008
Olivier Leflaive, Les Deux Rives, Chablis, 2008
Olivier Leflaive, Rully Premier Cru Blanc, 2008
Louis Latour, Pouilly Fuisse, Burgundy, 2007
E. Guigal, Condrieu, Rhone, 2004
Joseph Drouhin, Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy, 2006

ITALY
Golden Sparrow, Chardonnay, 2011
Mannara, Grillo Pinot Grigio, 2010
Tenuta Ca’bolani Sauvignon Blanc Friuli DOC Aquileia, 2009
Soave, Allegrini Corte Giara DOC Pagus, Veneto, 2011
Valpolicella Bertani Classic, 2010
Villa Antinori Bianco, 2010
Marchesi de Frescobaldi, Pomino Bianco, 2011
Marchesi de Frescobaldi, Attems, Pinot Grigio, 2011
Santa Cristina, Pinot Grigio, 2009
Tenuta Ca’Bolani, Pinot Grigio, Fruili Aquileia, 2009
Marchesi de Barolo, Gavi di Gavi, Piedmont, 2010

AUSTRALIA
The Accomplice Chardonnay, 2009
Jacob’s Creek, Chardonnay, 2012
Two in the Bush, Semillon Sauvignon, 2012
Shaw & Smith, Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, 2009
Leeuwin Estate, Prelude Vineyards, Chardonnay, 2009
Mount Pleasant ‘Elizabeth’, Semillon, 2010

NEW ZEALAND
Saint Clair, Chardonnay, 2009
Nobilo, Regional Collection, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009
Villa Maria ‘Private Bin’ Chardonnay East Coast, 2012
Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Blanc, 2010

UNITED STATES
Chateau ST Mitchelle ‘Erocia’, Riesling, 2011
Kendall Jackson, ‘Vintner’s Reserve’, Chardonnay, 2011
Francis Coppola ‘Bianco’, Pinot Grigio, 2008
Caymus Vineyards, Conundrum, Napa Valley, 2009
Stag’s leap, Napa Valley, Chardonnay, 2008
Stag’s leap, Viogner, 2009

ARGENTINA & CHILE
Finca Flichman Misterio, Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina, 2010
Viňa Tarapacá ‘La Isla’, Sauvignon Blanc, 2011

SOUTH AFRICA
Two Oceans, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2012
Two Ocean Fresh and Fruity, Chardonnay, 2012
Nederburg, The Wine Master’s Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, 2011
Boekenhoutskloof, The Wolftrap, 2010

AUSTRIA, SPAIN & GEORGIA
Tbilvino Rkatsiteli, Georgia 2011
Torres, San Valentin, Spain 2010
Torres, Vina Esmeralda, Spain, 2010
Schloss Gobelsburg, Riesling Urgenstein, Austria, 2009
Domaine Gobelsburg Gruner Veltliner, Austria, 2010

GERMANY
Dr. Loosen, Dr. L, Riesling, 2009
Selbach Oster, Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, 2009
Donnhoff, Riesling Troken, Nahe, 2009
Dr. Loosen, Bernkasteler lay, Kabinett Riesling, 2010

INDIA
Sula, Sauvignon Blanc, Nashik, 2009
Reveilo, Nashik, Chardonnay, 2010
Reveilo, Nashik, Chenin Blanc, 2007
Miazma, Chenin Reserve, 2010

RED WINES

FRANCE
Dourthe, Beau Mayne, Bordeaux, 2010
Dourthe N1, Bordeaux Rouge, France, 2009
Chateau de Fontenille, Bordeaux, 2011
Maison Albert Bichot, Beaujolais Villages, 2009
Maison Albert Bichot, Bourgogne, Pinot Noir, 2011
Saint Cosme, Little James’ Basket Press, Rhone, 2010
Saint Cosme, Cotes-Du-Rhone, Rhone, 2010
E.Guigal, Cotes Du Rhone, Rhone, 2009
Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage, Petite Ruche, 2010
Maison Louis Jadot, Château des Jacques, Moulin-à-Vent, 2008
E.Guigal, Gigondas, Rouge, 2009
Château Clarke, Baron Edmond de Rothschild, 2007
Château Potensac, Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, Médoc, 2006
Chapoutier, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, la Bernardine, 2010
E.Guigal, Cote-Rotie, Rhone, 2004
Chateau de Beaucastel, Chateauneuf Du Pape, Rhone , 2007
Chateau Latour, 1999

ITALY
Golden Sparrow, Sangiovese, 2011
Sangiovese Rubicone Soledoro, 2012
Piccini, Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany, 2009
Castello Banfi, ‘Col di Sasso’ Sangiovese, IGT, 2009
Antinori, Santa Cristina IGT, Tuscany, 2010
Castello di Bossi, Bossi Chianti, 2009
Marchesi di Barolo, Dolcetto D’Alba DOCG, Piedmont, 2011
Peppoli, Chianti Classico, Sangiovese, Italy,2009
La Brancaia,Tre, 2010
Cavalli Tenuta Redini IGT Toscana, 2010
Vietti, Barbera d’ Alba, Tre Vigne, 2008
Querciabella, Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany, 2008
Marchesi de Frescobaldi, Chianti Ruffina Nippozzano Réserva, 2005
Marchesi de Frescobaldi, Luce Della Vitte, Lucente, Tuscany, 2010
Prunotto, Barolo DOCG, Piedmont, 2005
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico ‘Costasera’, Agricola Masi, 2006
Antinori, Tignanello IGT, Tuscany, 2008

AUSTRALIA
The Accomplice, Shiraz, 2009
Jacob’s Creek, Shiraz Cabernet, 2009
Yalumba ‘Y’ Series, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010
Peter Lehmann, Clancy’s, Barossa Valley, 2008
Peter Lehmann Art Series, Shiraz, Barossa Valley, 2010
Bird in Hand, Merlot, 2010
Brand’s Laira, Coonawarra, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006
Yalumba ‘Y’ Series, Grenache, 2010
D’ Arenberg ‘The Dead Arm’ ,Shiraz, McLaren Vale, 2007

NEW ZEALAND
Nobilo Regional Collection, Merlot, 2010
Saint Clair, Pinot Noir, 2011
Allen Scot, Pinot Noir, Marlborough, 2009
Nobilo, Pinot Noir, Marlborough, 2009

UNITED STATES
Beringer Stone Cellars, Merlot, 2010
Beringer, Founders Estate Zinfandel, Napa Valley, 2008
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Stimson Merlot, Washington State, 2007
Kendall Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010
Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, La Crema, 2007
Orin Swift, ‘The Prisoner’, Napa Valley, 2010

ARGENTINA, CHILE & GEORGIA
Finca Flichman Misterio, Malbec, Argentina, 2012
Tbilvino Saperavi, Georgia, 2010
Domaine Baron De Rothschild Lafite, Bodega Caro, Argentina, 2010
Bodega Norton, Malbec, Argentina, 2009
Bodega Norton ‘Reserva’, Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina, 2009
Santa Rita120, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile, 2010
Viňa Tarapacá, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile, 2012
Santa Rita, Carmenere Reserve, Chile, 2009
Clos de los Siete, Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina, 2007

SOUTH AFRICA
Two Oceans, Shiraz, 2011
Nederburg, ‘Wine Master’s Reserve’, Shiraz, 2010
Nederberg, Pinotage, 2010
MAN Vintners, Shiraz, 2010
MAN Vintners, Pinotage, 2010
Boekenhoutskloof, The Wolftrap, 2010
Meerlust, Merlot, 2008

INDIA
Reveilo, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Nashik, 2009
Reveilo, Merlot, 2010
Reveilo, Syrah, Nashik, 2009
Sula, Merlot Malbec, 2010
Sula Dindori, Shiraz, Nashik, 2010
Miazma, Shiraz, 2010

DESSERT

Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Sauternes, France, 2008
Chateau d’Yquem, Sauternes, France, 1999

Wines are subject to availabilty

Address: C-57, Bandra Kurla Complex , Bandra (East) , MUMBAI, Maharashtra, 400051 Phone:022 6117 5000

Website: http://www.sofitel.com/6451

Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Dinner

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Moet & Chandon hosted a Grand Vintage Dinner a few days ago to introduce their 2004, 1992 and 1975 vintages. Before I set off on the evening I should mention that it truly is great to see Moet Hennessy celebrate both their newly launched Indian made sparkling wine Chandon and their Champagne portfolio simultaneously.

I’ve always said that I’m happiest at dinnertime. This dinner in particular certainly made me very very happy and the copious amounts of Champagne I drank shamelessly had nothing to do with it.

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We started with their Non Vintage before getting into the three vintages 04, 92 and 75 with dinner.  Each fantastic, each with their own individual characteristics and I found it very interesting to compare all four of them together.

The Champagnes got more complex as the vintages got older, my personal favourite of the evening would probably be the 1992 which was somewhat mid way between the comparatively youthful 2004 and the more complex, nuttier 1975.

What caught me by surprise was the fantastic menu for the evening and the almost perfection with which the three vintages were paired with each of the courses.  The 1975 also went really well with dessert; a great example of just how versatile Champagne can be when it comes to food pairing.

A thunderous round of applause to the teams at Moet & the Chefs at the Four Seasons for creating an extraordinary wine and food driven pleasure experience.  All we need now is for them to do this with Veuve Clicquot !

The three vintages will be available in India in tiny quantities so you may just never get your hands on them but if you do, feel free to invite me to share that bottle of 92.

Nikhil Agarwal

Sommelier & Director, All Things Nice

Tasting notes:

Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection 2004

2004

A graceful palate with a light airy structure: straightforward yet complex, with a sleek, pure savour leading into a long, langourously rich finish. A light, lively, supple structure with mineral overtones.

Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection 1992

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In the mouth the flavour is rich, warm and creamy, underlain by a delicately astringent structure. The impression of fullness and harmony linger. The finish is vivid and fresh with a subtle spiciness along with lingering notes of vanilla and candied citrus.

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1975

On the tongue the taste is vinous yet distinguished and, in the end, has a classical elegance with a certain uprightness. The warm, fleshy richness is underlain by a well-integrated, polished structure with rich notes of roasted nuts. The finish is firm and remarkably refined.

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