Dining out with something more

A sumptuous wine-pairing dinner in a lavish setting awaited the metro’s hungry social and stylish set recently at Gallery by Chele in BGC as Mastercard introduced its enhanced World and World Elite card programs and refreshed benefits.

Leading the Mastercard team was Simon Calasanz, country manager of Mastercard. For the wining and dining proper, wine expert Kevin Charuel of The Tasting Club Manila, talked about the pairings.
Dubbed “Around the world with Mastercard,” the menu was inspired by various travels that bring back delicious memories of interesting cuisines, eclectic cultures and vibrant environments.

As in any meticulously created tasting menu by chef Chele Gonzalez and his team, the evening’s sublime fare didn’t disappoint — and so did the wines suggested by the very exuberant Charuel who gave guests a round-the-world tour via the stories behind the excellent wines served.

Bodega Numanthia Termes 2018 from Toro, Spain.

Dinner began with Peru’s ceviche, which consisted of white snapper, roasted hazelnut, and tomato sorbet. Next came Singapore’s oyster omelet. These cold dishes were paired with a crisp Beaumont Hope Marguerite 2018 from Walker Bay, South Africa.

Next were second main courses. Both seafood entrees, the first was lobster prepared the French way with hollandaise sauce, ikura, and French beans. The next, more filling, was Mackarel and Asparagus Risotto (from Italy) with Parmesan, squid and shallots. These were complemented by a sweet rosé, Whispering Angel 2021 from Côtes de Provence, France.

The main entrée was a Spanish dish, Txuleta, which is a Basque steak served with aligot, bell pepper, and confit. The smokiness of the grilled meat was certainly complemented by a glass of bold Bodega Numanthia Termes 2018 from Toro, Spain.

Photographs by Francine M. Marquez for the daily tribune
Simon Calasanz, country manager of Mastercard.

Finishing off the grand dinner, of course, was the restaurant’s version of the Philippines’ Mango MNL (with coconut, dayap, and lemon balm) and for petits fours, Bibingka Cheesecake. These were perfectly paired with Chateau Imperial Late Harvest 2015 from Takaji, Hungary that was very aromatic and hinted of tropical fruits like pineapple as well.

According to Calasanz, “Tonight is really a celebration of the the return to travel, of inspiration to once again enjoy the things that we missed during the lockdowns. Mastercard World and World Elite card programs provide consumers with access to various experiences, benefits and services to let them enjoy the life they want to live.”

The card programs also provide an additional security layer with Mastercard ID Theft ProtectionTM that allows cardholders to proactively monitor and be alerted to instances of identity fraud. World Elite cardholders will also enjoy complimentary green fees at up to 74 premium golf clubs worldwide and 50 percent discounted green fees at 42 premium golf clubs in Asia for World cardholders.

As borders begin to reopen across Southeast Asia and consumers look for staycations or international trips, the World and World Elite card programs provide airport lounge access and limousine services, as well as curated travel offers with up to 12 percent off on attractions and tours booked through Klook, and 20 percent off accommodation booked through Agoda. World and World Elite cardholders should check with their issuing banks on the specific benefits available.

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