Get in to the ‘Spirit’ with our new summer gin taster menu

 The wait is over and now available exclusively at our Cardiff based Purple Poppadom, Indian Restaurant, you can enjoy Chef’s 6-course taster menu which features adventurous gins specially selected to complement our cuisine as part of our Summer Gin Festival entitled ‘Spirit’.  

As part of the Discover More season the Kerala-born chef has teamed up with Cardiff Gin Club to create the taster menu, pairing rare gins curated by Cardiff Gin Club with his modern twists on traditional Indian cuisine.

‘Spirit’  has been designed by Chef to explore how gins from craft distillers can be matched with Indian cuisine.

Anand George said: “Working with gin enables us to match the botanicals in the spirit to complement our ingredients. For example, we are pairing our fish starter with a Da Mhile gin from Wales, which uses local seaweed as a botanical.

For dessert we have Jindea Single Estate Darjeeling Tea Gin which goes very well with sweet flavours. We even have Crazy Gin, the first clear gin to contain lassi, a classic yoghurt drink, which we are very excited about.

In the past we have paired wines and beers with a taster menu, and this has worked well. The process of re-discovering the complementary relationship between our food and gin which has a long heritage in India, has been very interesting.”

Our adventurous gins, curated by Nicky and Llio of Cardiff Gin Club (pictured with Chef)  include East India Company Gin, Crazy Singh Lassi Gin, Da Mhile seaweed gin from Wales and Jindea single estate tea gin.  Available from 19th July, the 6-course menu is £39.00 per person and add £20 including matching gins.

Llio Angharad, who runs Cardiff Gin Club with her partner Nicky Batchelor (both pictured left) said:

“With many of the botanicals and spices used in gin originally coming from the spice route from India, we have found that the flavours of gin naturally work well with Indian food.  

This has given us an opportunity to play around with some new and exciting flavours by focusing on savoury elements in some courses and  our G & Tea served with dessert using a Darjeeling first flush tea gin. This happens to be one of the most expensive and revered tea leaf in the world and also known as the Champagne of Teas.

As food lovers we adore Anand’s food, it’s so creative and flavoursome and working with him is a dream. We are super chuffed to be launching the menu collaboration and we hope people enjoy it as much as we did in tasting them.”


The Menu

Amuse Bouche
Seabass wrapped in banana leaf coated with a Kerala masala of shallots, garlic and curry leaves, cooked in its own juices, served with tapioca mash
Gin: Da Mhile Seaweed Gin with cucumber ribbon, fresh lemon wheel and celery bitters
Da Mhile is a Welsh gin that uses local seaweed as a botanical that lends itself perfectly to that lends itself perfectly to the cheese and fish dish. The lemon adds freshness and is rounded with a savoury twist with cucumber and celery.
Home-made samosa, curried chickpeas, yoghurt, tamarind chutney, green chutney.
A mint and coriander marinated chicken supreme.  Ground lamb blended with spices and breadcrumbed
Gin: Crazy Singh Lassi Gin with fresh strawberries and coriander
A one of a kind gin and the only lassi gin in production. The strawberries pair well with the fruity hit of pomegranate and the savoury notes from the fresh coriander
Dhaba murgh |Steamed rice | Thoran | Chilli coriander naan
Gin: East India Company gin with orange wheel and cardamon pods
The East India Company is steeped in history with its connections to the British Raj that rules over India in the 19th century. It is synonymous with the spices and botanicals used in modern day Gin from the spice trail they established along with the soldiers inventing many of the classic gin combinations drank to this day from the humble G&T to Pink Gin and Gimlet Cocktails
Gin & Tonic Sorbet
Chef’s selection of desserts
Gin: Jindea Single Estate Darjeeling Tea Gin with Darjeeling Tea  syrup, fresh lemon twist and peach bitters served in a teacup
The Darjeeling Tea leaves used in Jindea are from the first flush in the season revered for its delicate flavour and known as the Champagne of tea. Here we paired with a homemade Tea syrup to bring out the tea notes, a zesty kick from the lemon and brought together with a few drops of peach bitters
39.95 per person, served for a minimum of two
Add 20.00 per person for matching gins

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