Sunday, April 13, 2014

Santa Margherita Wine Pairing Dinner, Villa Danielli

The journey to Sheraton Imperial is always fraught with "danger" from where I come, because traffic is always so unpredictable, but I've become an expert at turning into the one way street behind the hotel, entering illegally from the other end, rather than waiting to enter Jln Sultan Ismail which is perpetually jammed.  But I always enjoy the dinners there, hence, I plough on, with the tenacity of an arctic explorer.

The sight of prosecco to greet us is much needed as a relaxant, after spending harrowing hours in the car.  Actually I probably exaggerate, the traffic that particular day wasn't too bad.  The event, a wine pairing dinner at Villa Danielli, (must be on of the oldest still surviving hotel Italian restaurants), with Santa Margherita Italian Wines. Actually, prior to that, there were cocktails, of campari sodas, now that's a blast from the past, ... Camparis are surprisingly refreshing. 

Free flow prosecco is always a good thing. 

Always nice bumping into old friend, Cindy Yoong...

In case the wine pairing menu food wasn't enough for the guests, we were also treated to a buffet line, with pastas, and roast lamb.

The emcee for the night, Reuben Arthur, is a full time Food and Beverage lecturer at Taylor’s University. He has worked 17 years at the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts and he specializes in alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.  An interesting fact we picked up was that Italy is the largest wine producer in the world, contrary to popular belief that it would be France.  As he rightfully pointed out, Italy, from where the Romans come, does have a long wine history.  Images of hedonistic Roman emperors guzzling wine from golden chalices surrounded by scantily toga clad ladies spring to mind. 

Smoked Duck Breast with caramelized apples, mint and berries coulisse. The sweet and tart combination with the slight smokiness of the duck paired with the Santa Margherita Brut Valdobiadene DOCG made for a lovely starter.

I loved the roast vegetables that came with the roast lamb, especially the roasted fennel.

A very interesting contraption that allows you to hang your glass of wine off the side of your plate, ...what a brilliant idea, and surprisingly stable.  Look at the eternal youthfulness of KgBoy (of KgBoyCityGal fame). 

Antipasto, Button mushroom crusted with mascarpone and goat cheese served with rocket salad and herbs oil served with Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio D.O.C .

Pasta,Squid ink agnaloti stuffed with cream cod in parmesan sauce and crispy shimeji served with Santa Margherita Chianti Classico D.O.C.G ~

Mains, Honey lamb ribs with gorgonzola mashed potato, roasted vegetable and natural jus served with Ca’del Bosco Carmenero

Crispy skinned salmon with spinach, chickpea, glazed Belgium endive and orange reduction

The Santa Margherita Wine Estate was founded in the 1930s by Gaetano Marzotto. Marzotto set out to make wines from a single varietal that spoke of the region as much as the grape. Today, Santa Margherita wines are known for their easy drinking and great accessibility along with their modern winemaking edge. They are available worldwide in over 70 countries.

Priced at RM180++ per person, this Italian dining experience of five-course set menu in the award-winning Villa Danieli can be yours from 8th April 2014 to 30th April 2014. For wine lovers, top it up with an additional of RM150++ and your dining experience will be enhanced with the pairing of Santa Margherita wines. Meanwhile, SPG members can enjoy 20% discount off total food bill. This promotion is valid till 30 June 2014. Terms and conditions apply. For any further inquiries on events or on table reservations at Villa Danieli, call 03-2717 9900 or email or visit

1 comment:

Pretty Pree said...

I haven't seen most of the dishes out of this, but still enjoyed reading this and you appear to be very cute