FOR an eventful and intimate wine-pairing dinner by 32 Sanson by Rockwell in cooperation with Mercedes Benz held at the Kayu Kitchen + Bar, this exclusive event was also brought to you by Zee Lifestyle (celebrating 20 years) and Montes Wines (Philippine Wine Merchants and Ralph’s Wines and Spirits).

The sumptuous inventive nine-course sit-down dinner all prepared by Chef Izzy Sy himself consisted of Uni Tofu (enoki, togarashi sand, age dashi broth) paired with Montes Limited Selection Sauv Blanc 2015, Charred Octopus (sushi rice risotto, roasted romesco, lettuce nage) paired with Montes Alpha Chardonnay 2014, The Rock (salmon squid ink tempura, wasabi aioli, gochujang) paired with Montes Alpha Chardonnay 2014, Gnocchi (alugbate romesco, shitake crema, dehydrated green pea) paired with Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2014, Duck Breast (honey glazed cracklings, impregnated pears, orange marmalade, demi glace) paired with Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2014, Oxtail Ragout (cornbread puree, braised shallots, beef jus) paired with Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, a highlight wine (on its own) Montes Purple Angel Carmenere 2013, Water Melon Granita (mango pearls and chorizo), which made an excellent palette cleanser and a deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake paired with a dessert wine Montes Late Harvest Gewurtztraminer 2013, which worked very well with a dessert having a mild to medium sweetness taste to it.

Kayu Kitchen + Bar is located at 32 Sanson by Rockwell at 32 Sanson Road, Lahug, Cebu City. Opening hours are Tuesdays to Sundays for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The tapas bar is open from 10 p.m. through to 12 midnight.