Exsto Cognac x Chinoiserie by Justin Quek: Dine with Julie Dupouy
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One of Asia's most internationally - celebrated chefs meets one of the world's best female sommeliers.
Experience Chinese fine dining with the panache and savoir faire eponymous with Chef Justin Quek, as he showcases his expertise in haute cuisine with a menu of Franco-Asian and contemporary European dishes made using premium seasonal ingredients.
Expect an evening of cultural gastronomic journey like never before. With a carefully curated collection of fine and rare wines and spirits selected by Julie Dupouy, and Chef Justin Quek's Grand Cru of Asian cuisine.
[Menu may vary depending on seasonal availability]
Duo of Seasonal Starters
Egg Custard | Spanner Crab | Autumn Salmon RoeKing Fish Carpaccio | Ponzu & Truffle Dressing | Herbs Salad
EXSTO ÉLIXIR COGNAC (One Ice Cube)
Live Maine Lobster
Wok Fried Kampot White Pepper
Schloss Vollrads, Riesling, Rheingau, Germany 2017
Crepinette of Pig Trotter
Ceps Mushrooms | Salted Pork | Duck Foie Gras | Thyme JusEXSTO ÉLIXIR COGNAC (A Drop of Water)
Surf & Turf
Braised Abalone | Char-Grilled Japanese Wagyu Rib Cap |Truffle Abalone SaucePoupille, Merlot, Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France, 2010
Fine Apple Tart
Baked | Crispy Almond Flake | Salted Gula Java Ice CreamEXSTO ÉLIXIR COGNAC (Below 0֯ C)
About Chef Justin Quek
One of Asia’s most internationally-celebrated chefs, Justin Quek is famed for his expertise in French fine dining and his deep understanding of Asian cuisines. His Franco-Asian cuisine – borne of his Asian heritage and his extensive experience in Europe – is represented by signature dishes such as his foie gras xiao long bao, and lobster Hokkien noodles. As a leading chef from Asia, he has served numerous politicians and dignitaries such as former Chinese president Jiang Zemin and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. He also famously cooked for all of Singapore’s founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew’s birthday dinners since 1993.
About Julie Dupouy
Originally from the southwest of France, Julie Dupouy has been living in Dublin since 2004.
She started her career in one of Ireland’s most acclaimed restaurants, Patrick Guilbaud, which has two Michelin stars, and worked at Greenhouse and Chapter One, both of which have one star. Julie founded her consultancy company Down2Wine in 2014. Julie has won the title of Best Sommelier in Ireland every year since 2009.
In 2016, Julie placed third at the ASI World’s Best Sommelier Championship. She was one of just four women in the competition and the second female sommelier ever to reach the final of the world championships.
The Sommelier’s Touch — Redefining Tradition
In the wine-growing region surrounding the town of Cognac, white grapes ripen on hillslopes warmed by the summer sun. Only the finest grapes are fermented and then slowly double distilled to create eaux de vie – a brandy spirit with the complexity and depth of a fine wine unique to the craft of Cognac.
Guided by EXSTO’s Master Blender Géraud Vallantin-Dulac, EXSTO sommelier and aroma connoisseur Julie Dupouy chose to work with 15 small producers from the Cognac region, selecting only eight of the best eaux de vie, all of which have spent decades aging in rare, French oak barrels.
The result? A modern, elegant Cognac with a sensual, lively spirit.
“We hope you love drinking EXSTO as much as we love creating it”
– The EXSTO Cognac team