Mixing old world elegance and charm with a contemporary touch, the InterContinental pays homage to the former Ritz Carlton, a historical icon built in 1991, by retaining its rich marble interiors.
The entrance to the venue is unique. One step off the street feels as if one has entered a warm and handsome privately owned mansion, even though the hotel holds 140 rooms. Within the space, local art acknowledges the community and provides some sense of familiarity.
View of the courtyard from above
The strong ties between community and the location appear again and again throughout the Hotel – from the top of the building where a feature rooftop pool and bar look out onto the bay view of Double Bay, to the locally sourced produce in the kitchens.
The event was hosted by Decante This and Joachim Heger of Weingut Dr Heger, with the menu designed by the talented Julien Pouteau, Executive Chef of the Stockroom.
It was hard to figure out if the ‘wein’ complemented the food or vice versa. Either way, the pairing was on point.
Guests were welcomed with canapés and a 2011 sparkling KarriBindi Chardonay Pinot.
The canapes included heirloom tomato with smoked goats curd and toasted pine nut with dehydrated olive and succulent toothfish with corn puree on a squid and tapioca crisp.
The dinner remained interactive with commentary from Leigh Dryden (Decante This), Joachim and Julien providing guests with further appreciation of the food and wine.
To start: roasted peaches, prosciutto, basil and pistachio. This was matched with 2013 Ihringer winklerberg Grauburunder trocken VDP Erste Lage which had a deep and rich bouquet of dense fruit and dried apricot. Finishing with a soft hint of spice which harmoniously balanced with the prosciutto and peaches.
Marron crayfish, green peas, young onion, and whipped lemon
Served with 2013 Dr Heger WeissBurgunder Oktav Kabinett Trocken. The sweetness of the Marron and peas balanced with the whipped lemon alongside the sharpness of the young onion. Paired fantastically with the sweet floral bouquet and candied citrus fruits.
Main course: Char grilled Rangers valley strip loin, soubise, white anchovy, turnips, and beets to be washed down with 2011 Inhinger Winklerberg “MIMUS” Spatburgunder Barrique Trocken.
This particular wine was named after Wolfgang Heger, the father of Joachim Heger and son of the winery’s founder Dr. Max Heger. This dry Pinot Noir had a spicy aroma of sloes and wild cherry and became increasingly enriched by a juicy raspberry compote of rose hips.
Braised figs with soft yoghurt ice cream and rich Manjari chocolate
This dish was beautifully complimented by the 2009 Gobson Barossa Valley Wines Botrytis Semillon. This desert wine had complex aromas of pineapple and dusty grain which lead to a lively palate full of luscious dried fruit with great length and a clean finish.
Overall, Decante This provided a true opportunity to share unique and lesser-known wines from winemakers from all around the world.
We will be sure to return to the Intercontinental, which has breathed new life into the Double Bay area.
InterContinental Sydney Double Bay
33 Cross Street,
Double Bay, NSW 2088
Contributed by Julian who attened as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys