Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wine dinners at Cafe Amigo

Café Amigo ceased operation end of September. A few of us took the opportunity to visit this cafe for wine dinners before its closure.

Diners would have previously patronized this café for its affordable food, decent range of wines and friday jazz performances. The prime ribs platter, apple strudel and the signature 'ice cream with PX' were popular dishes prompting revisits. I myself recall a couple of late night wine dinners here with friends, what with its attractive BYO wine policy.

Others would have visited this café to attend one of Tommy’s wine appreciation classes, or wine programs like WSET and CSW.

Dinner on Monday
It was the last monday of September. I dropped by for a wine dinner with members of the wine interest group, Wine Unplugged. The prime ribs platter was unfortunately not available that night. We settled for some of the other dishes and for desserts ordered the apple strudel and ice cream with PX.

apple strudel
ice cream with PX :p
Dinner on Friday
As luck would have it, another opportunity presented itself to attend a wine dinner here on the last day of the café’s operation with a group of ex-WSET classmates. We pre-ordered the prime ribs platter, just to ensure we get the opportunity to taste it again :)

This time round, the café was packed with diners who came to show their support and to listen to the jazz performance one last time. The food for the evening came a little slowly but surely (it was a very busy evening for the crew); and was worth the wait … the prime ribs platter finally :p

prime ribs platter
As usual, we had quite a range of wines to distract our palate for the night ahead. Among these, for the meat platter, I preferred 3 reds found at the table. The prime ribs completed the 2002 Balgera Valtellina Superiore Sassella (Lombardy), made the 2001 Ch La Tour Haut Brion (Pessac Leognan) more approachable and co-existed very well with the rich 2001 Summerfield Shiraz (Victoria).

We were the last guests to leave that night, bringing back with us memories of past evenings spent at this cafe to keep.

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