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    Grand Mercure encourages diners to experiment with food and wine pairings.

    FLIGHTS of Wine is a novel concept at the Grand Mercure that customises your wine selection. While crafted beer can be sampled beforehand, wine is usually left to the aficionado. But here, a tray with three different wines is served for sampling and the staff is more than happy to help you understand the flavours before you settle on something to match your meal.
    Bottles of wine serve as the menu and give a simple and layman explanation of the Myra collection that is intended to be ‘easy drinking, uncomplicated and to be enjoyed by everyone’.

    Much to wine about

    A watermelon, mozzarella, olive and mint popsicle started us off and was followed by a crunchy iceberg lettuce, red wine-grilled fig salad with parmesan and mesclun greens. Chicken and corn soup with smoked salmon – an interesting combination, whet our appetites, while a splash of the fruit-driven Shiraz made it all better.

    Mains comprised of balsamic grilled vegetables, grilled chicken and river salmon. The vegetables on a bed of creamy polenta, was paired with light Sauvignon Blanc that had tropical and herbaceous notes, and made for a perfect match. A refreshing change from the usual basa fish, the pistachio-crusted river salmon with sides of garlic mash and fettucine vegetables is great for the jaded palate. And if you pair it with a Cabernet Sauvignon, that is light, crisp and fruity, as we did, you’re likely to get the optimum flavour of both the wine and food. Grilled tarragon chicken, wasabi mash and jus came next and although we loved the juicy chicken and the pungent wasabi, just as it was, the addition of the fruity and supple Cabernet Sauvignon was just what the doctor ordered.

    And the chef doesn’t only take the food seriously but also dessert and presentation. The créme brûlée, in flambé style, was fantastic and we walked out feeling content and somehow wiser. Well, at least in the wine department!
    Rs 1,600 upwards for two. At Koramangala. Details: 45121212

    —Aakanksha Devi

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