Match of the week
Pannacotta with spiced candied tomatoes and tomato liqueur
This has to be one of the most off-the-wall drink pairings not only this year but since the site was first created over 10 years ago:
I came across it at an exciting new restaurant called Grainstore which has vegetables at its heart, hence the tomatoes (you can find my review here).
In fact they had a rich, sweet almost balsamic vinegar-like taste that made them taste more like a fruit (which, of course, technically they are) and were served with the most superbly wobbly goats' milk pannacotta.
Goodness knows what one would have chosen in terms of a dessert wine so they didn’t even try, serving instead a French tomato flavoured liqueur called 72 Tomates which brilliantly echoed the flavour in the candied tomatoes. (The name comes from the fact that the liqueur apparently contains 72 kinds of tomatoes - I didn’t even know there were that many!)
It’s also being served at a restaurant called Assiette Anglaise with a cheese & fruit selection with pear and saffron chutney which I can imagine would work really well too.
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