The ChaÃ®ne des RÃ´tisseurs held their monthly âDinner Amicalâ in the World Trade Centre in the Crowne Plaza Club Rooms as guests of Dmitry Motorin the F&B Director. The Crowne Plaza Club room is location on the top floor and features panoramic views of Moscow City and the Moscow river.
As members arrived they were greeted by waiters offering the first drink of the evening, a Grande Cuvee Aimery Cremant de Limoux and excellent sparkling wine. The canapÃ©s set the standard for the meal with an amazing Russian style herring with a touch of vodka (served in a liquid form), mini-tortini with blue cheese, a tartar of Kamchatka Crab & avocado and absolutely amazing, White Chocolate & Foie Gras candy which really boggled the taste senses.
On being called to the tables all were most impressed by the table decoration, impressive crockery and even gold cutlery (there were metal detectors by the exit!).
Dmitry Motorin explained that their aim is to present a most memorable meal/setting without the snobbishness of many fine dining establishments.
Next was a sumptuous Rabbit Terrine with cream of Romanesco broccoli, carrot and berry jelly accompanied by a beautiful Pouilly-Fuisse 2011 that matched perfectly.
The next wonder was Scallops on Sea Salt with tangerine sauce and chocolate biscuit. This was a brave dish to combine many strong flavours but the end effect was spectacular. The eloquent favours were enhanced by the 2011 Chablis Premier Cru.
Next a soup to calm the taste buds, however again this was no ordinary soup, rather a Cappuccino of Turnip with cream of goat cheese and crispy salami!
Fears that the main course could not trump the previous dishes were dispelled as the Stuffed Duck Filet with pear Porto, caramelised apple Cointreau and fig were presented. Another amazing creation consisting of succulent duck with strong yet complimenting flavours. The super Liberta Toscana 2011 again was perfectly matched.
Despite the amazing dishes most managed to reserve a little space for the dessert of a highly creative Chocolate Sphere & raspberry sauce with olives taggiasche and even a tiny piece of Chipotle Pepper. Amazing!!!!
What an amazing meal, absolutely perfect service and one of the most memorable meals that the author has enjoyed in Moscow. The creativity of Executive Chef Mikhail Kuznetsov was a masterpiece, the wine selection of Sommelier Vladimir Sinitsin perfect and the venue can be highly recommended as a special venue with incredible food and superb service.