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Perfect pairings for Summer

Perfect pairings for Summer

20th June 2018

To accompany the recent good weather in Aberdeen, we brought the Summer vibes to No.10 with the launch of our new Summer menu.

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As part of the summer refresh, we also gave our breakfast and bar menus a little update with our new breakfast sliders. The new sliders are little miniature versions of the classic filled rolls which are served as a trio with three breakfast fillings or a single slider - a perfect snack between breakfast and lunch and great for catch up meetings with clients or colleagues.

For those of you who enjoy a lighter lunch we have a great selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, wraps and salads on the Summer bar menu which are available to sit in or takeaway.

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about those of you who like to share your meals. We are now offering loaded nachos in the bar alongside our already popular Traders Board - both of which are perfect accompaniments for your World Cup viewing this month.

To complement our food, we have also added ‘perfect pairings’ on the main menu to help you to pick the perfect bottle of wine to match specific dishes. Choosing the right wine with dinner can sometimes be daunting so why not let us do the hard work?

The Pan Seared Shetland Scallops is a dish that has consistently appeared on our menu since day one, with seasonal updates made to the accompaniments. We would highly recommend sharing a bottle of our Sancerre, Domaine du Nozay, with this starter due to its ripe grassy notes and acidity which combines perfectly with the beautiful hint of sweetness hidden in the scallops and the fresh taste of garden found in pea shoots.

All year round, everyone loves a steak and given our location, it would be hard to overlook this on our menu. Our 16oz chateaubriand is a perfect choice for sharing and we suggest pairing this with a bottle of Mad Dog Sangiovese. This is an incredible wine from Australia which marries perfectly with any beef dish. It is a deep and intense wine that just keeps on giving – it is one of my favourites so I highly recommend you give it a try.

Maybe beef isn’t your thing and while the weather is good you would prefer to opt for our light and fresh tandoori monkfish and king prawn skewers? If this is the case then you can’t go wrong with ordering a bottle of La Combe de Grinou Sauvignon Semillon. This cheeky, slightly off dry white has been a surprising customer favourite over the last year and this is the perfect time to enjoy its slightly sweet orchard fruits characteristics. This subtle sweetness is what makes this the perfect pairing to the spice of the tandoori fish.

A new addition to our menu is the slow roasted lamb shank, partly inspired by a recent trip to Veneto. This Moroccan style dish works beautifully with a bottle of Vignobles Gonnet, Cotes du Rhone. This is a light to medium style wine full of light herbaceous notes along with an undertone of liquorice which perfectly unites all the sweet and earthy flavours of the dish.

For our roast breast of Gressingham duck we thought we would keep it classic and therefore we suggest the Vina Mar, Pinot Noir from Chile. Duck is a very versatile meat but will always benefit from a wine with good levels of acidity to cut through the fattiness. The spicy and ripe-fruited characteristics of this pinot noir really accentuate the stronger flavours of the duck.

Finally for everyone’s favourite course, dessert. Every dessert on our menu will pair well accompanied with the Eradus, Sticky Micky Sauvignon Blanc dessert wine. From New Zealand, this wine is super sweet and jam packed full of honey and peach flavours. You should always match sweet with sweet.

Should dessert wine not be your thing we do also offer up various ports which are ideal with our cheeseboard. My suggestion would be the Fonseca Porta Vintage 1998 with rich spiced notes it is perhaps one of the best ways to keep your insides warm when the sun finally dips.