The Bengal Sage has become a Winchester institution in the 3 short years since taking up residence on George Street. It’s the place that locals in-the-know go to wallow in slow-cooked buffalo bhuna heaven and enjoy surely the best onion bhajis in the country. Like any good neighbourhood restaurant, they like to keep things interesting for their regular customers by putting together special seasonal menus and holding one-off events, with proceeds often going to local charities.
This week saw the return of guest chef, Saurav Nath, with a summer-inspired 6-course tasting menu. Wine-matching came courtesy of Mirko Alighieri from Toscanaccio, the excellent wine-merchant-cum-deli-cum-wine-bar just round the corner on Parchment Street.
For our birthdays this year, our families had bought us both a voucher for lunch at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. At the time we were in the depths of moving house and when we booked, August seemed like ages away, but all of a sudden the day was here and we found ourselves starched and pressed and on the long drive to Oxfordshire.
I’ve just come back from 10 days in the South West of France and I’m already mourning the end of lunchtime drinking and river swimming. The weather hasn’t helped – flying back over the New Forest and seeing fields that were more puddle than grass wasn’t a welcome sight. I am pleased to be back in my own kitchen however, with plenty of holiday food inspiration, but all the benfits of sharp knives, a gas hob and the much missed coffee paraphernalia.
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