A concept by the Starwood group of hotels, which basically, turns you into The Nomad Gourmet (no relation to The Nomad Gourmand). I was lucky enough to be invited by the lovely Cheryl Lum of Le Meridien, for the launch of EDAM..(eat drink and more, not a cheese) at the Westin. We were greeted by lovely glasses of Midoris, which I was too busy drinking and totally forgot to take pictures of. Fratmustard, ignoring the wisdom of the aged, took a route contrary to my suggestion, and was stuck in traffic, while it took me 15 minutes to get to the Westin. (gloaaaaaat).
We started at basically what was Favola. If you cant bring the customers to Favola, then you bring Favola to them. Basically two sections of Westin had been transformed into Favola, and Latest Recipe, from Le Meridien.
Lovely starters...but we were warned to pace ourselves, as this was just page 1 of 5. In fact, we barely had time to sample all the lovely goodies of the Crudo Bar, before we were ushered to the next destination, the Latest Recipe.
Delicious pots of Wagyu cheek with Polenta, Battered Prawns served in quaint little boxes, a lovely ethereal tiramisu doused with Illy Coffee, .... and little shots of non alcoholic juices. Drat. Needed more midoris at this point.
We then trooped up to EEST, which I have to say honestly, is my least favourite of all the Starwood outlets, as all my dining experiences here have been less than satisfactory. But this time, I was in for a pleasant surprise. The mini yam baskets with prawn and egg roe was lovely, as was the wagyu with Foie Gras. Or was it Kobe? The sauce a bit overpowered it, but otherwise, the texture was divine.
Back to another boozey venue, Prego. By this time, we were getting really full, and would have been more than happy just to imbibe the nectar of the gods. The eggplant roll and the foie gras terrine were to die for.
The final stop was Q Bar, which served lovely alcoholic mojito and gin popsicles, a gorgeous creamy illy coffee slushy, and was the perfect way to the cap the night of hedonistic eating.
Thanks again Cheryl for the invite.
To find out more about the technicalities of the Eat Drink and More website, hop over to Thamby's blog as she outlines in detail the mechanism, etc.