You may have (well, I hope you have) noticed an increasing paucity of blog posts round these parts recently. Well, life is a wee bit busy at the moment, which is frustrating me no end as this is massively inhibiting my opportunities to cook tasty things and write about them. It is also inhibiting my ability to make a dent in the mahoosive backlog of posts I have got to write (might just go and hide rather than write anything).
Which is reason why I’m only getting round to writing about a lovely evening of food and wine at Green and Blue in East Dulwich when I actually visited in early March. Rubbish. I am rubbish.
But Green and Blue is definitely not.
The lovely Kate Thal, who set up Green and Blue in 2005, invited me down to try out the new food menu and some very tasty wines too. Now, Green and Blue has been resident in South East London just a little bit longer than I have, so I have an affection for the place. I even went to an introduction to tasting evening about 5 years ago but appear to have forgotten everything I have learned. And I’ve bought many, many bottles of wine from there over the years.
Anyway, this was a really lovely evening, that didn’t just showcase some tasty food, but also Kate’s ridiculously expansive wine knowledge and the quality of wines that Green and Blue stock.
To kick things off, we did a bit of a taste comparison between a glass of Moët and a glass of Green and Blue stocked Larmandier-Bernier Terre de Vertus 1er Cru champagne. The reason for this comparison was really to showcase the difference in taste between a small scale produced champagne, and that of a luxury good labelled behemoth (as Kate put it, something that gets away with selling for an eye watering tag when it’s pretty damn mass-produced).
Now, I make no bones about the fact that I am rubbish at talking about wine. I love the stuff, I kind of know which types of wine I like, but I have no clue as to how to describe what things taste like, and what any of that actually means. However, I do know that that Larmandier-Bernier tasted a hell of a lot better than the Moët. I finally felt a bit vindicated after all those years of wondering if it was my problem that I always felt Moët tasted a bit cloying and bleugh.
Next up was a comparison between two sancerres – both small scale, but one of them being completely natural. The Gerard Boulay was damn fine in its own way, and I could imagine enjoying it immensely with a piece of white fish. But bloody hell, that Sebastien Riffault Akmenine Sancerre Blanc was something else. I had never tasted a wine like it. A note of aniseed, and a flavour profile a world away from so many wines, I couldn’t quite work it out, but I knew it was pretty amazing. Definitely not an easy drinking wine, but something to spend some quiet time with.
The last comparison was between two riojas, one oaked, one unoaked, as far as I remember. This is where my memory starts to get a bit hazy (all the wine, you see), but I do remember liking them both, even if I can’t remember their names (hopefully someone may be able to illuminate me on this).
In terms of food, we started off with a pistou, full of lovely chunks of soft pumpkin – a nice, vegetably dish that I could imagine enjoying with a big hunk of bread.
For mains, we had a piece of the most amazing pork belly. That meat was fork tender, and packed full of flavour. The potatoes were marred by being overly salted (a slip I think, as I love salt and these were even too much for me), but I would go back for that dish again.
As I’m not a massive fan of chocolate desserts, I had a go at the chocolate pot, but it did definitely defeat me. However, if you are bang into chocolate, I’m pretty sure this would send you off to a special, special place. As an alternate, I shared a cheese plate with my fellow diner Andy, which felt apt considering he is an amateur cheese-maker extraordinaire and knows a shed load about cheese. I remember liking this. I’m sorry I can’t tell you more (vision may have been getting blurry at this stage).
And that was that. A lovely, generous evening full of great wines, food, and great knowledge. I wobbled home happy. Green and Blue is a great place to have nearby, and they have managed to cement themselves a place in this corner for South East London for a good long while now. With the introduction of their new food menu, I feel there’s even more reason to pop down now and blow a little bit too much of my money. Thanks to Kate and all the Green and Blue team for putting on a really lovely evening.
I was a guest of Green and Blue on this occasion
Green and Blue38 Lordship Lane
London SE22 8HJ
T: 0208 693 9250
Nearest transport: East Dulwich overland station (goes into London Bridge)