It must be said that it’s been a busy time of late for your intrepid correspondent. I have had quite a few invites to events and have been doing so much in the kitchen that I’ve had to take remedial action and start saying ‘no’ to a few invitations. ‘Poor TIFFIN’, I hear you say, ‘Boo Hoo’. I remember when I went to my first invitation event (The Brisbane Cheese Awards), I heard other bloggers talking about how they couldn’t keep up and thought ‘I wish!’. Well, here I am. So, I’ve been a little more choosy about what I attend and whether I can do it justice on my blog. I also want to keep a balanced mix of posts as not everyone wants to read about my freebies or restaurant reviews in the same way that not everyone wants to wade their way through a 15 step recipe. Having said all of this, an invitation* arrived in my inbox for a most unusual event that I wanted to share with you. The Bacchus Dessert Degustation.
The concept of the Dessert Degustation is simple. There are 5 courses on offer which can be matched with a wine flight. Just like a degustation, you work your way through a series of small tastes, each elegantly plated, served with a flourish and a solemn explanation of what you’re about to eat. Of course, nothing looks like what it sounds like on the menu but that’s half the fun of any fine dining restaurant. Along the way, there are a few little extra surprises and treats that allow the chefs to show off their techniques and to revive your palate.
Bacchus Dessert Degustation
Didn’t touch the sides
So rich! Too much for me but I did eat all of the mousse
My favourite. Slightly chewy and tangy with a luscious ice-cream
My most retweeted & favourited photo on social media
The cleverest dessert with an ‘amour plated’ chocolate cage dropped over the cake
A Word on the Wines
Harney & Sons fine teas and Bacchus Blend coffee are part of the degustation and are classic accompaniments to any dessert. Perhaps though, you should splash out on the accompanying wines. These wines have been carefully selected by the chief sommelier to match and highlight the flavours of each course. The origin, appellation, bouquet and features of each wine were described by the sommelier as they were poured, in keeping with a traditional degustation. It was the first time I enjoyed a genuine Madeira.
2012 Massolino Moscato d’Asti D.O.C – Serralunga, Italy
NV Henriques & Henriques Verdelho 10 year old – Madeira, Portugal
2008 Château du Pavillon – Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, France
2011 ‘Bacchus’ by Kaesler GSM (Mulled) – Barossa Valley, SA
NV Romate Pedro Ximénez ‘Cardenal Cisneros’ – Jerez, Spain
A Dessert Degustation may seem like an odd thing to eat for dinner, and indeed it is. It was the night before Ekka Show Day though so I threw caution to the wind and gave myself over to the experience. So when could you enjoy a Bacchus Dessert Degustation? A refined baby shower or wedding tea would be perfect, as would a special birthday gathering. Father’s and Mother’s Day celebrations present an opportunity or cap off an evening at the theatres. Maybe you could wag work with a colleague one morning or afternoon and plan the year ahead, allowing the degustation to fuel your imagination. $49pp or $69pp with wine, all of your cares will dissolve as quickly as the Lemonade & Mint Granita palate cleanser.
Bacchus Restaurant is located in South Brisbane on the Rydges Rooftop. It’s like nothing I’ve been to before in Brisbane. As you round the corner from the lift, you walk into a series of lounge spaces and dining areas decorated with modern, luxe furnishings. There are little nooks for intimate catch ups and larger areas for group gatherings and dining. During Summer the rooftop pool and bar area is open with views towards the city but it was in the middle of a re-furb on the night I visited (re-opening September). The vibe is relaxed, opulent and elegant. This extends to the understated approach to service which is discreet and professional. The menu is fine dining including rarely seen Vegetarian & Vegan (notice required) Degustations and a Gluten Free High Tea. It’s a hidden secret that’s worth visiting.
*TIFFIN ate desserts until her teeth ached as a media guest of Bacchus Restaurant and Kath Rose & Associates
Cnr Grey & Glenelg Sts
South Brisbane Qld 4101