Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Perfect Pair: Braised Beef Cheek

Tuesday is all about pairing food and drinks.  I recently dined at ICI Urban Bistro to taste Chef Franck.Loquet's menu.  Not only was the food delicious, but the service was excellent.  After scanning the menu, I opted for the Braised Beef Cheek "Provencal" with gingered butternut squash puree, grilled scallions and baby bok choy.

The Dish:  Braised Beef Cheek "Provencal"

The Pairings: 

Chinon, Couly Dutheil, Loire 2009:  Cab Franc grown near the Vienne River.  Flavors of red berries and smooth tanins

Coteaux du Languedoc, Les Petits, Pas 2009:  Grenache/syrah blend.

The beef cheeks were so tender that they just melt in your mouth.  My favorite pairing was the Coteaux du Languedoc.  It had a slightly smoother finish and went well with the beef.

ICI Urban Bistro is the perfect spot for a quiet meal for lunch or dinner.  You'll find excellent service and a delightful bistro menu.

Photos by Emily Clack

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