Mantra Restaurant & Bar held a New Zealand wine dinner on Friday the 30th May.
The guest wines were from award-winning Mud House New Zealand and representing the winery was MJ Loza, the general manager for Accolade Wines. He gave a very short introduction and welcomed the guests as they enjoyed the ice cold Mud House Sauvignon Blanc and tapas.
Mud House was established in 1996 and has wines from Marlborough, the Waipara Valley and Central Otago Bendigo on the southern island in New Zealand.
Executive Chef Leonard Faust.
The five course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Leonard Faust started with chilled fresh white asparagus & salted-chili fried prawns accompanied with the Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, which had a grapefruit acidity yet was bursting with tropical flavours. This was followed by a green melon gazpacho & marinated cream cheese paired with the tangy Mud House Pinot Gris with echoes of nectarine and spicy pears.
The main course was the delicious pan-roasted French duck breast with dark cherry & martini reduction, and the perfect accompaniment was the Hay Maker Merlot.
There was also a choice of the pan fried snow fish fillet served with the Mud House Sauvignon Blanc.
This was followed by an assortment of cheeses washed down with the dark fruit and spicy oak Mud House Pinot Noir, then a sweet finish with chocolate lemon meringue with cinnamon, honey sauce & brandy served with the Mud House Riesling, which featured citrus and lemon and the sweetness of honey.
Another very successful wine dinner for Mantra, and good to experience these young but refreshing and delicious wines from Mud House.
(L to R) Sak Ngamsmai (FBM Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya), Arm (Restaurant Manager, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Pattaya), Khamhaeng Sukhonnayabun (Restaurant Manager Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya), Wuthisak Pichayagan (EAM I/C Food & Beverage Centara Grand Mirage Beach Pattaya), MJ Loza (General Manager-NZ Accolade Wines), Weenita Vallee (Guest Service Manager Pullman Pattaya Hotel G), Koonlapatporn Intarasing (Key Account Specialist (Horeca), Siam Winery Trading Plus), Somchai Praysaithong (FBM Pullman Pattaya Hotel G), and Thanakiti Saivichittree (FBM Amari Orchid Pattaya).
Amari Pattaya GM Brendan Daly (right) presents a thank you gift to special guest MJ Loza (left), General Manager of Accolade Wines.
(L to R) MJ Loza, General Manager for NZ Accolade Wines, Tony Malhotra, Asst MD of Pattaya Mail Media Group, and Richard Margo, Resident Manager of the Amari Pattaya join up for a fun evening.
Bright lights of Pattaya (L to R) Koonlapatporn Intarasing, Key Account Specialist (Horeca) Siam Winery Trading Plus; Sinutpaporn Permpoonpattana, Brand Supervisor with Siam Winery Trading Plus Co., Ltd.; and Pichchaya Nitikarn, PR manager for Amari Pattaya shine over the party.
Koonlapatporn Intarasing, Key Account Specialist (Horeca) for Siam Winery Trading Plus; Sinutpaporn Permpoonpattana, Brand Supervisor with Siam Winery Trading Plus Co., Ltd.; Brendan Daly, GM Amari Pattaya; MJ Loza, General Manager of Accolade Wines; Richard Margo, Resident Manager of Amari Pattaya; and Thanakiti Saivichittree, FBM for Amari Pattaya gather around the beautiful ice sculpture to sample the wine.