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Can you identify the five taste sensations?

You can easily taste Sweetness, Sourness, Saltiness and Bitterness, but do you know about Umami?

Wikepedia explains Umami as “a pleasant savoury taste….”brothy” or “meaty” with a long lasting, mouth-watering and coating sensation over the tongue.” Umami foods have a taste intensity that is higher than the sum of its parts and include fish, shellfish, cured meats, mushrooms, ripe tomatoes, Chinese cabbage, spinach, celery, or fermented aged products like cheeses and soy sauce.

Our taste buds also tell us what food and drinks go well together. At Cape Grace we have experienced staff to advise on combinations that make every mouthful sublime; like a Bascule burger of wagyu beef, truffled mushroom sauce, fries and roasted garlic aioli paired with CBC Amber Weiss craft beer. Try our grilled linefish with white wine and mussel velouté from the Signal dinner menu with a Graham Beck Pheasants Run Sauvignon Blanc. Moving to sweeter things, how about a hazelnut chocolate brownie, coffee ice cream and toasted coconut marshmallows with Glenmorangie Lasanta whisky. There’s an art to whisky and food pairing and you can learn how on a guided Whisky Tasting in Bascule Bar.

If you want to experience the ultimate in food and wine combinations, be sure to make a date for dinner in Signal for this month’s Tasting Menu paired with Delheim Wines. For a reservations call 021 410 7080 or drop us an email.

What’s is your favourite taste sensation?

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