Last week Ron and I spent a magical weekend marked by gourmet food and 5-star service. We were lucky to be among the invitees at the 5th Premier Gastronomy Festival at Premier Luxury Mountain Resort, Bansko and experience food as pure art.
As soon as we arrived, we were warmly welcomed by the organisation team. We continued the night at the cosy atmosphere of one of the hotel’s restaurants – with wine and degustation block from chef Alex. More photos from that night can be found on Facebook.
However, we were majorly impressed by what took place at the second evening. It opened our senses, letting us experience a whole new world – the wolrd of gourmet. Chéf Jordi Esteve from Michelin star restaurant Nectari in Barcelona prepared a 7-course menu for us, inspired by the Mediterranean cuisine. Well, this was not the Mediterranean cuisine as we know it. This was a unique interpretation of it which will be remembered for a long time. In fact, I always thought I have tried delicious food. Until I was served this dinner. Believe me – I was wrong. Ron and I talked for days about it, wondering how someone can prepare food as delicious and as aesthetically impressive.
But please, don’t look at this as an overly expensive experience for the selected rich. The degustation dinner was priced at 45 euro per person, and it was more than justified. We were also convinced in this by Harry Haralambidis – the person behind Gastronomy Essentials, who’s job is to train chéfs. Ron and I talked with him about different gourmet restaurants around the world, some interesting techniques and the uprising trends in the gourmet world. According to him one should visit a Michelin star restaurant at least once in their life. We could not disagree thinking of the delight such a gastronomic experience leaves you with. If you agree, the 5th Premier Gastronomy Festival is a wonderful opportunity to experience the art of gourmet at a good price. You can take a look at the festival’s program here.
I have always enjoyed tartars, and this tartar of prawn panchuda with raspberries, hummus and emulsion of tamarind was extremely impressive in its combination of tastes.
Being a huge fish lover, this fish of the coasts garnished with creamy rice with squid and langoustine was an absolute favorite. It reminded me that I should fish more often. Unfortunately, I just lack the habbit.
We were also served a seasonal mushroom cream with cloud of egg and black truffle perfume. This is something I would definitely attempt doing at home in the near future, though the result would doubtedly be as good.
And the evening’s most awaited surprise was Jordi’s Sweet Burger. It impressed not only with its taste but with its presentation, featuring mango french fries, strawberry ketchup and mango mustard.
Have you ever been to a Michelin star restaurant? Could you share your experience?
*Thank you Premier Luxury Mountain Resort for the invite.