A NEWCASTLE restaurant is raising a glass to the launch of its new food and wine menus expertly created and paired to complement the fusion of flavours of Thai cuisine.
Following its first full year in business since opening in December 2014, Mantra Thai Dining Restaurant located on Forth Banks, has added a selection of new mouth-watering Thai favourites to enhance its evening menu, which have been expertly paired with a selection of new wines.
Mantra’s new evening menu features a selection of new stand out appetisers including Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab, infused with black pepper and fresh garlic and served with spicy tamarind sauce, while new to its offering of tantalising main courses is Crispy Pork with chilli and basil, stir fried with fresh chillies, garlic, green beans and basil leaves, as well as King Prawns in Black Pepper Sauce, with onions, peppers and spring onions, served on a sizzling platter.
To complement the new menu, the Thai restaurant has enlisted the expertise of wine merchants House of Townend to introduce a selection of new red, white, rosé and sparkling wines to its wine list, specifically chosen to bring out the flavours of fresh Thai herbs and spices, creating a perfect match between the two elements.
To celebrate the launch of the new food and wine menus, those dining at Mantra on the evening of Wednesday 09 March 2016 will be given the opportunity to enjoy a tasting of a selection of new wines led by Mantra’s wine expert Jamie Connolly, regional sales manager at House of Townend.
Diners will also be given an insight into the story behind the new wine selection, as well as advice on which dishes the new wines should accompany to further intensify their flavours on the palate.
Mantra Thai owner, Jeab Prapunwong, said: “Flavour is at the heart of everything we do and our talented chefs have worked hard to create an exciting range of new dishes to spice up our evening menu, offering diners a taste of truly authentic Thai cuisine.
“We called on the expertise of House of Townend to offer guests an enhanced dining experience and have worked closely with Jamie to select a range of high quality wines chosen to perfectly compliment the flavours of our dishes.”
Jamie said: “Making suitable parings between wine and food can often be overlooked, but the flavour combinations that can be produced as a result of getting it right are worth it.
“As Mantra’s dishes offer diners a wide variety of flavoursome combinations, we wanted to mirror this in terms of its wine offering, and as a result its new wine menu offers something for all tastes, whether you’re a fan of something light and fruity or more fond of deep and warming flavours.”
For more information on Mantra Thai visit www.mantra-thai.co.uk and for bookings call 0191 232 6080.