Ever notice how fast a chilled flute of fizz slips down when you’re at a drinks party? To make the pleasure last a little longer, the 150 Magnum bar at the swanky May Fair Hotel suggests a less hurried approach to quaffing Champagne: teaming some fine vintages with sit-down-sized canapés. We all know that steak goes with chunky red wines, but it may surprise that a spicy lamb cutlet stands up very nicely to Dom Pérignon.
Chef Silvena Rowe (of Baltic restaurant in Southwark, SE1, and the feisty blonde Bulgarian who regularly pops up on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen) has been flexing her cheffy imagination by matching 150’s impressive selection of bubbly to an inventive tasting menu that includes Crispy Spiced Jumbo Prawns with Avocado and Tahini, and Seared Scallops with Wild Boar Crust.
Magnums (150cl or 2 standard bottles’ worth) range from £150 to £1,000 for a 1998 Dom Pérignon Vintage Rosé, so it’s a special-event kind of thing for people you want to seriously impress (or take home). Not your average evening of cava and cheese straws then, but respect to the fizz that’s been taking its sweet time to become its best.