On Monday evening I was invited along to a Christmas Menu tasting event at the Grape and Olive, Swansea. The restaurant is situated at the very top floor of the Meridian Tower (the 28th floor to be exact) and boasts the most spectacular views of Swansea as it is currently the tallest building in Wales! I haven’t ever visited the Grape and Olive for food before so I was very excited to see what they had put together for us.
Upon arrival I was greeted by Ffion who manages Events and In House Marketing (some of you will know her from her blog She Means Business) and Gavin the new General Manager of the Grape and Olive. I was introduced to some new blogging faces and I was made to feel at home right away with an exceptional glass of bubbly (or two!) I didn’t really have any expectations about the event so when the masses of trays of food started being brought out I was in awe. Everything smelt absolutely incredible and everyone was eager to taste the delights that were in store for us. We were there to sample dishes from their brand new festive menu as well as their Christmas Day menu.
I’ve always been an extremely fussy eater and only in the last two years have I really broadened the foods I will eat. Events like this are an amazing way for me to try new foods that I normally would avoid if I saw them on the menu. The starters were served first and everything that was brought out were all foods I had never tried before, I ended up trying Deep fried camembert (which I had never even heard of before let alone tasted), Smoked salmon, gruyere and spinach soufflé and Fig and goats cheese tart.
I honestly can’t even tell you which I loved the most because they were all insanely incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever said ‘Mmm’ so many times whilst eating! I love anything with Cheese and I’m shocked I’d never heard of Camembert before, it was beautifully soft and the raspberry and mint vinaigrette it was served with added that extra pop of flavour to the cheese. I was very surprised that I loved the Smoked salmon and spinach souffle as I never opt for anything with fish in it. The souffle was beautifully creamy and soft and I could have easily eaten that all evening. The final dish I tried being the Fig and goats cheese tart was another incredible mix of flavours that truly worked together and gave that perfect creamy blend but with that rich taste with the added fig. I was unbelievably impressed by the starters from everything to the range available to the taste and presentation of each dish. I could tell a lot of thought had gone into creating this new menu.
The night didn’t end there and next up were the mains, I decided to try the Beef wellington with goose fat roasted potatoes and rich beef gravy, I also tried some Mashed potato in white wine sauce as I just couldn’t resist it. I normally avoid Beef if I ever go for a Sunday dinner somewhere as I always find it to be too tough but the beef wellington was beautifully tender and tasted amazing with the beef gravy. The roasted potatoes were cooked to perfection and were the perfect combination of crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, I was so tempted to just pile my plate high with roast potatoes they were that good! Mashed potato is something I am obsessed with and I am very particular in how it should be made, The Grape and Olive certainly know how to make the perfect mash as it was so beautifully creamy and the white wine sauce was sensational!
Sadly when the desserts were being brought out I had to leave but I snapped some photos before I dashed and I am beyond devastated that I didn’t get to try the final dishes as they all looked mouth watering.
I want to give a huge, huge thank you to Gavin and Ffion for inviting me along to taste test the Christmas menu. They both did a really amazing job at their first event at The Grape and Olive and I’m definitely going to be returning soon.