Although mentioned in the Michelin Guide, I don't think it is "starred", yet it it seems to be the haunt of visiting famous people from George Bush, and Roman Polanski (pre jail) to Naomi Campbell, Henry Kissinger and royals, the Queen of Spain and our Princess Anne. And now Purple Teeth!
The online reviews led me to fear terrible service, something I wholeheartedly dread, but aside from it being a tad on the slow side of relaxed, I found the staff friendly, well-informed and helpful.
I could not have been more delighted. Slow cooked, flakey and tender with a crispy skin, served stuffed with spiced apples and a plum sauce, there was more than enough to satisfy Heidi too, who was a tad underwhelmed by her breaded veal cutlets. Luckily she'd also enjoyed a local mushroom soup.
With such hearty fare, we were a little disappointed not to have room for dessert, especially as the descriptions were so lyrical and tempting, and included allusions to the dancing we'd be doing for the rest of the weekend.
I'd love to have tried "Soup of Nothing": with clouds and red fruit, or, "Waltzing Hazelnuts": after this cake you will dance forever. But it wasn't to be.
In total, the meal with mineral water and wine came to less than £110 for 2 which was substantially less than we'd been warned to expect, and we were full to bursting, and unable to dance for a couple of hours! The surroundings and story made us feel like we'd experienced a little gastronomic history. All in all, a success.
However, as befits Purple Teeth, the highlight of my alcohol adventures over the weekend was a brand new wine, both country, and grape varietal.
Georgian wine is probably not up there on your list of "must try" and I'd have been hard pushed to describe the importance of Georgia to the history of viticulture. Yet it appears the Georgians were among the first to make wine some 7000 years ago with archeological remains having turned up evidence of fermenting grape juice underground during the winters of 4000 BC! I've since learned that our word wine comes from the Georgian word "gvino" so it seems a bit of an oversight that I'd never before tasted a wine from this birthplace of my beloved beverage.
If you're interested in getting to know more about Georgian wine, or to try a version of the type I tried, then UK based The Georgian Wine Society is ready to help you, with online sales and lots of historical background. I must thank my new Polish friends Karol and Kasia for introducing me to Kindzmarauli, a version of which is available from The GWS for £10.99 a bottle.
I love having new experiences in wine and am hugely grateful that my West Coast Swing dancing hobby has brought me into contact with so many different cultures, people and opportunities to learn something new about how alcohol in general, and wine specifically. is enjoyed throughout the world. I have no more overseas trips planned for the rest of this year, so I'll be sharing what I've learned at a couple of tasting events, as well as experimenting with what's on my own wine rack. I hope that it inspires you to try something new too!