The world’s most prestigious gastronomic society returned to full form with a recent - and outstanding - dinner at ALTO in The Four Seasons Jakarta. Founded in France in 1248 but re-established in its current format in 1950, the Chaine (as it is affectionately known) is based on the old traditions of food and wine excellence and camaraderie at the table.
The idea is simple: approach an already excellent restaurant and challenge it to make something outstanding. More difficult to achieve of course, but Chef Marco Violano of Alto took that challenge and prepared a delightful and insightful menu, which was universally enjoyed by the Chaine members and their guests.
Chaine members consist of culinary professionals: chefs, restaurant owners, hotel GM’s etc and the other members who just enjoy the very best of food and wines. A typical Chaine dinner will consist of six or seven courses, including a selection of canapes, and is always served exactly on time to allow the kitchen to prepare the food with no rush and no delays, ensuring the highest quality to the table.
Service is exceptionally important then and each venue has to ensure the highest standards of food delivery and take away. Alto’s team did this to perfection, in a venue which is itself elegant, comfortable and luxurious.
The wines are paired with each dish and usually supervised by one of the Chaine’s professionals experts, in this case Gilles Marx, who matched the food with some interesting and surprising choices to the great satisfaction of the dinners who are not there for the ordinary but the extra ordinary!
Here is the menu and wine pairing:
Mise En Bouche
Foie Gras – Hazelnut Crumble
Tasmanian And Alaskan King Crab Cannelloni
Green Peas Purée
*Farnese Fantini Pinot Grigio 2020
Crema Di Zucca
Orange Scented Butternut Squash Pumpkin Soup
*Villa Motura Fiano Salento 2020
Risotto Al Nero
Squid Ink Carnaroli Risotto, Calamari, Bergamot
*Batasiolo Gavi Comune di Gavi Granée 2018
Three Way Wagyu Ox Cheek, Mashed Potato, Leek
*Carpineto Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana 2015
Pistachio and Raspberry Cube
*Sensuale Moscato Basilicata IGP
Congratulations the Chef Marco and his excellent team and thanks to all who came out enjoyed.
For more information on the Chaine and how to join contact [email protected]