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Dinner @Market8

I recently had dinner at Restaurant Market8 located in the Dorobanti area. Their chef is Florin Dumitrescu, the youngest of the three chefs that will be judging MasterChef Romania TV show. The shooting for the show will start in January and the show will be broadcasted in 2012. Meanwhile Florin is doing a good job at Market8. The restaurant itself was decorated by Venera Arapu and has a posh design.

For dinner I had, as appetizer, pumpkin gnocchi in an orange sauce with shavings of orange peel that was rich, fresh and delicious. A dish that is definitely worth trying. Unfortunately no picture taken.

The main course was fillet mignon with mushrooms and French fries paille (which are actually the smoothest type of French fries I ever had). The food was really good at Market8.

I drank a French Cotes du Rhone Villages and an Italian wine.

2005 Domaine de la Soumade Fleur de Confiance Cotes du Rhones Villages Rasteau

Blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. 15% alc

Opaque dark red purple color. The nose is very tight and aeration did very little to improve it. There are some aromas of red fruits and spices, but overall the nose is really muted. The same story in the mouth: tight as a rock on the palate, with firm, grippy tannins that embrace the mouth completely, rich peppery spiciness on the palate, mixed with red fruits preserves. A medium plus finish, peppery and grippy. Good balance of the 15% alcohol and comes as a powerful wine. The wine is in a closed phase at the moment. (88-89/100)

2004 Apollonio Valle Cupa Salento Rosso

Blend of 50% Primitivo and 50% Negroamaro, aged for 12 months in French oak. 14.5% alc. Awarded a Gold Medal at Concours Mondiale de Bruxelles in 2010.

Dark red garnet color. Well developed and intense nose, very sweet and floral, with lots of violets, cinnamon, cola-like-vanilla and candied blue fruits. Overall a candy like nose. Medium plus bodied, mellow mouth-feel, very oaky, with silky tannins, very sweet on the palate, with lots of candied blue and black fruits: blueberry, blackberry, cranberry. Bright acidity. Medium finish and sweet. Can easily qualify as an European fruit bomb. (85-86/100)

The Italian wine went well with the orange sauced gnocchi as they are both sweet, but for me it was very difficult to enjoy this wine on its own. There is simply too much cola like vanilla and sweetness. However, it can charm women.

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