When it comes to a grand feast, excellent hospitality and service; some places stand out and make a mark. These places are often the ones that have been around for decades, hotels with a world class reputation and standing in the industry. The Taj Group of Hotels has been creating such experiences for decades. So when they were hosting their exquisite Michelin Experience- A five course dinner with specialty wine pairings, we simply couldn’t resist!
We were privy to the second edition of the Spanish Extravaganza at The Chambers, Taj Mahal Palace. The Taj hotels have always been known for creating unforgettable global experiences, especially when it comes to cuisine. The Spanish Extravaganza was one such experience where experts of food & wine took us through a 5-course meal, each paired with a specialty wine flown down from Spain. We started our meal with some delicious Tapas: A Catalan tender spinach with curd and toasted pumpkin which was paired with a beautiful 2016 El Circo white wine made with Macabeo grapes. The creamy warm lobster salad was so fresh and flavourful, it got us super excited for the courses to come. We then moved onto a delicious reduced soup: toasted vegetables with crispy bomba rice and saffron oil to finish it. The soup was created using over 15 veggies and simmered down for hours. The rice crisps and veggies added a beautiful crunch and the saffron oil just rounded up the flavours. The soup was paired with a fruity 2015 Campo Viejo Rioja white variant.
As the glasses kept pouring we moved onto the Camp Vieoja Rioja red variant which we relished with the green beans, peas, Spanish pork pancetta and hojiblanca green olive cream. The crispy pork skin and creamy olive went hand in hand. The next course was the course we all had been waiting for. The Seafood Paella made with premium quality clams, fish, large shrimp, calamari and plenty of Spanish spices served in a home-style pan. We binged on this Paella with a 2016 Marqué de Riscal red variant. After the satisfying rustic paella, there was just enough space for some dessert. We ended the night with the lightest and freshest golden orange in a beautiful Spanish extra virgin olive oil and honey dusted with cinnamon. The last wine of the night was the Marqués de Riscal Rueda Verdejo 2017. An unforgettable experience that transported us to the diverse country of Spain taking us through a meal by Michelin-starred chefs Miguel Barrera Barrachina and Ignacio Solana Pérez that was so true to Spanish roots and experiencing and understanding Spanish vineyards and wines.
A big hearty congratulation to The Taj Mahal Palace for completing 115 years! Looking forward to such culturally enriching experiences at The Taj.
The Taj Mahal Palace, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra – 400 001