I can understand the idea of choosing the wine and letting the chef cook for the whole table in tune with that; in fact the first time we went to La Enoteca in late 2009 we had a delightful evening ... .
This time, the Pegasus Waipara Bay Semillon/Sauvignon we chose for a white brought out an excellent shell fish and pasta (bombardi, a new one on me) with a great sauce. The chef's 'al dente' is definitely on the dente side but none the worse for that. We then chose a familiar and delicious Ardanza Rioja which provoked beef with various root vegetables. Loved the veg and the deep flavored sauce but the beef was too underdone for me, that’s the risk with family style, not everyone necessarily likes the same degree of cooking and in future I would check the table’s preference in case I wanted to specify meat a bit more cooked. Also, leaving part of the dish on the serving platter on the table for ‘seconds’ may seem charming but it guarantees anything you eat after the first serving will get cold.
The dessert was a good selection of different bits and pieces including a really great chocolate petit-fours thing. The coffee drinker amongst us loved the espresso.
We ate outside though we could have gone in at any time. The terras and its furniture are fairly basic (I could have used a cushion!). The service was fine and later in the evening Giuseppe the very pleasant owner/chef came out and spent some time with us talking about his ambitions for the restaurant and the concept in general. The kitchen closes at 10 but we didn’t leave till 11.30 and there was no pressure.
We spent €105 on the wine and had three three course menus at €39.50 each; total was €250 with water etc. (They served us a muscat with the dessert and that was an extra €6 per glass)
Nice place and I will go back for sure though next time I would probably ask to talk about the menu as a whole together with the wines before I begin, I can handle new things but as host I would like to exercise slightly more control.
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