Saturday, February 2, 2008
The game is on
This week I was hosting an event in Tallinn, which meant a lot of eating out. I picked Balthasar for the official dinner and it was a good choice. People were happy, the wine list is impressive, the food is good, there is a lot of game on the menu and it's not in the cellar. Plus you can go into the whole "this used to be a Town Hall Apothecary in 1422".
You'd be surprised how difficult it is to find a restaurant in the old town that is capable of seating 20 people without pushing them half-way under ground. Ribe, C'est la Vie and many other newer ones that I've heard positive feedback on slipped off the list for that reason.
I had a lightly-smoked duck salad as a starter and honey-marinated venison in blueberry sauce with some fabulous garlic-potatoe gratin on the side for the main course. They didn't ask us about how anyone wanted their meat, mine was medium-rare and it suited me nicely. And the CHATEAU d´ARCINS, 2004 Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Medoc, they served with it, was very very good and a very nice suggestion for the meal, although blindingly heavy after 3 or 4 glasses.
But the sauce was stone-cold, as Mr. Ramsey would have said a minute before smashing the plate into someones face in the kitchen :) (I've been watchin a lot of Hell's Kitchen lately, I'm on season two now).
Take a look at the uncensored Foodchannel version of the 1 episode's highlights on Youtube