Thursday night’s Dine Out Vancouver meal was at Red Door Pan Asian Grill on Granville (2996 Granville Street, http://www.reddoor.ca). The menu I selected was:
- Indonesian Chicken Satays Served with peanut and spicy plum sauce. (appetizer)
- Spicy Ginger Beef Tender slices of crispy beef, spicy Thai chili peppers, served with Mongolian noodles and vegetables. (Main course)
- Curry-Butterscotch Pot de Crème Buterscotch custard spiked with a mild curry and aged Scotch. Topped with chocolate ganache and rice pearls. (Dessert)
To pair with this food, Red Door was offering a flight of 3 red wines (2oz), consisting of: Sumac Ridge Black Sage Vineyard Merlot, Mission Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and Red Rooster Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot blend. The Merlot was quite round with cherry fruit. The Cabernet Sauvignon was much more full-bodied, heavier mouthfeel, with ripe cherry flavour. The Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot blend I think was the lightest bodied of the three reds that evening. Sorry it was quite dark in the restaurant, which is good for ambiance but makes it difficult to take detailed wine notes.
The satay chicken was ok. The dipping sauce was interesting with ginger mixed in with the ground peanuts. The Sumac Ridge Merlot was a nice pairing with the satay chicken. It was not too heavy in flavour compared to the satay.
The Spicy Ginger Beef was deep fried slices of beef in a dark soy sauce with spice and a bit of sweetness. The noodles had a bit of ginger in them. The beef needed a full-bodied wine to handle the amount of flavour from this dish. The perfect pairing was the Mission Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit of the wine balanced out the spice of the beef, the tannins in the wine balanced against the bit of sweetness in the beef.
I didn’t have any of my three wines with the dessert. The Curry-Butterscotch Pot de Crème was perfect on it’s own. The hint of curry mixed with the butterscotch was remarkable, and topping it with the chocolate ganache and crunchy rice pearls was over the top.
I recommend trying out Red Door Pan Asian Grill. Enjoy!