A special Christmas Pop-Up edition!

This was such a successful night. The Pop-Up session, a Christmas Special, was fully booked. The evening consisted of a five course dinner including a delicious amuse.

The evening started with our homemade bread and a curry hummus. Our guests enjoyed this aside a pulled duck in a cup of filo pastry amuse. What was new to this Pop-Up session was a new type of drink. From now on, our guests are able to order a delicious cocktail of the day. We loved to see that so many of our guests tried the new addition.

The first course was a cured sea bass with a mango chutney on top lemon gel and a dill emulsion with puffed rice. The guests that chose wine pairing, we match each course with a wine that complements to the taste, experienced an Italian Vermentino that has been aged in the region of Tuscany. The white wine is fruity with tones of apricot, grapefruit and Mediterranean herbs.

Next, our guests enjoyed a vegetarian dish which consisted of eggplant rolled in thin slices of zucchini with a shallot vinaigrette, gnocchi and a hazelnut tuile. For the wine pairing, our guests experienced a fruity white wine with tones of pear and lime. The grape was a Cortese di Gavi, aged on the Broglia estate that is located in the Gavi region. A fun fact: An American wine and lifestyle magazine (Wine Spectator) named this wine to be in the top 150 of best wines worldwide.

The third course was coquille with bisque on a bed of herb risotto with wakame chips and fermented ginger. We decided to combine the coquille with a French chardonnay, aged in Bourgogne. The wine has a light yellow teint, shows hints of exotic fruits which is fortified by minerality. The chardonnay is a fresh, good structured wine but it has more body which matches perfectly with the coquille.

The main course was a sous-vide cooked bavette with a potato flan, poached nashi pear, soups-vide cooked chicory, fried Brussel sprouts and a croustiant made from brioche. We matched the main course with a beautiful Portugese red wine. The Crasto Superior is a blend of three different grapes: the Touriga Nacional, the Touriga Franca and the Tinta Roriz. The red wine is defined by its dark fruit and raisins. Furthermore, the tannins are perfectly soft since they are aged in wooden barrels.

We prepared a delicious Christmas dessert with a yoghurt mousse stuffed with cranberry’s, a white chocolate basil ice cream and a white chocolate garnish. Of course the dessert wine showed hints of various fruits, such as peach, apricot and white flowers. The Viberti Moscato is bubbly with an enjoyable fruity finish.

We had such a pleasure serving our guests, and hope to see you at one of our other Pop-Ups!

Kind regards,

Team Housen.

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