Peruvian cuisine paired with wine, you say? Um, yes please! I recently feasted on Charango Barbacoa‘s Wine Society food and wine pairing menu on behalf of InstaEats, and what a mouthful experience it was! One of the more recent additions to the Bree Street collection, Charango is now right up there with my top favourite Cape Town eateries.
Every first Tuesday of the month, Charango whisks up an innovative tasting menu coupled with excellent wine. Perfect for the discerning foodie. The first Wine Society 2019 series was in association with Spier. Charango highlighted the spectacular tastes of the Spier Creative Block range, perfectly paired with some of Charango’s signature dishes.
We arrived to a glass of bubbles and an already bustling dining room. From the moment I stepped inside the elegant building, I was completely in love with the decor. A bit chaotic, but organised; colourful, stylish – with accents of wood, rattan and leather to tone down the mood. A vintage variety of lamps cast soft down-light onto the huddles of tables, whilst greenery and picture frames adorned the brick walls, interspersed with slightly disheveled bookcases. Leather banquettes lined the furthest wall, inviting you to linger a bit longer over a drink or two.
We were swiftly shown to our table, with a perfect view on the evening street. Our waitress ran us through the food and wine pairing menu as the restaurant slowly started to fill up. We decided to try one of each of the starters, mains and desserts – which means maximum flavour and photographs, of course!
PULLED PORK TACOS
Paired with the Spier Creative Block 2 | 2018
BEEF FILLET 200G
With your choice of hand cut fries or zucchini fries
Served with mushroom sauce or chermoula rub
Paired with Spier Creative Block 5 | 2015
Paired with Spier Creative Block 3 | 2015
*Please note the menu changes according to seasonal availability and the particular collaboration. Booking is essential.
As the courses made it’s way to our table, a sommelier came around to each table to give you a short description of the wine, and to explain the specific pairing. I loved the personal touch, and looked forward to her return after every course.
The pulled pork taco was hands-down the winner for the starters, although the chicken wings were just as I liked them; fragrantly spicy, juicy, citrussy and rubbed in salsa picón. I could easily have finished the bowl in one sitting. Paired with the Spier Creative Block 2, it was a beautiful start to the evening, as the tropical character of the Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon blend perfectly accompanied the slightly spicy dishes.
For mains we each had the beef fillet, but with different sauces. Mains were simply sublime, and I’m on the verge to claim that it was probably one of the best meat dishes I’ve EVER experienced. Top quality cuts of meat, prepared simply and fresh, with minimal frills and accompaniments. Having said that, the fries and zucchini sides were so more-ish that long after I had my fill, I still found myself nibbling on them. The chermoula rub sauce was phenomenal, although the fillet was perfect on it’s own, too. Grilled to absolute perfection.
The main was paired with Spier Creative Block 5, which is a velvety, fragrant, dark berry Bordeaux style blend – deliciously warm and spicy.
The desserts were just perfect. Small portions layered with rich ingredients to lull the palate into a complete state of content and satisfaction. The Dulce de leche ice cream with crushed candied almonds and a pisco infused dulce de leche sauce hit all the right sweet spots. The Spier Creative Block 3 with it’s components of Shiraz, Mourvèdre and a touch of Viognier was a lovely pairing to end off the night.
I was astounded at the experience we were presented with for only R380 per person as part of Charango’s Wine Society Series. Expertly paired for the ultimate taste experience, I think this is a steal, and a lovely night out for couples, groups of friends or even your book- or wine club. Eat in your own time, linger over a glass of wine, savour the experience and the vibes – Charango is the capital of chill. The venue is charming, the staff super friendly, the food fresh, delicious and incredibly well priced – all in the heart of our beautiful city. A definite recommendation for any keen foodie.
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Disclaimer: I was invited to this event in my capacity as a representative of InstaEats. There was no expectation for platform coverage in the form of a blog, or social media posts. This is my honest and truthful opinion and review thereof. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are solely those of The Little Hedonist, given in good faith and in no way influenced by the company or its affiliates. All images, unless otherwise stated/credited, are also my own.