World-renowned chef Jean-Christophe Novelli teamed up with Aldi to present a Festive Feast at Manchester’s Great John Hotel on Monday night.
‘Christmas with all the Trimmings’ was the theme for the Michelin-standard dinner, made exclusively from Aldi products, and it certainly did not fail to bring about that holiday cheer.
— Caroline Ellison (@LalEllison) December 2, 2014
The dimmed lights, warm Christmas decor and fine scents of wood, kindled a welcoming atmosphere and an air of anticipation for the seasonal treat that was soon to come.
The feast began with a King Crab Meli Melo. Sharp accents of caviar paired with sun dried vine tomatoes, added layers of complexity that demonstrated Novelli’s skill for creating a masterpiece.
— Ellie Morton (@elliemort) November 24, 2014
The main was a juicy and tender Turkey Wellington served alongside a carefully-crafted portion of stuffed cabbage bursting with well-developed flavours and delicately seasoned. It was simple, yet delicious.
— Jean-Christophe (@jc_novelli) November 25, 2014
An additional, small accompaniment of sweet turnip mashed potatoes was beautifully moulded into light whipped clouds that formed a smooth, sweet sensation. It brought truth to the old adage, ‘it’s the small things that make a difference’.
— Gavin Graimes (@GavinDG) November 24, 2014
Although service at time appeared inconsistent, the merry atmosphere and great-tasting food eclipsed this, leaving guests pleased with the overall festive experience.
For dessert a 12-month-matured Christmas pudding, sold exclusively at Aldi, was served with a cool Cornish clotted cream.
— Demi (@D_Greggs) November 26, 2014
The hot and cold elements were beautifully balanced and the dessert packed enough booze to satisfy even those looking for the most indulgent Christmas treat.
Aldi’s award-winning wines, the Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling 2014 and the Exquisite Collection Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu, further enhanced the dining experience.
— LPW (@LProtanoW) December 1, 2014
The greatest surprise, however, was left until end.
While many people might expect a five-course meal of this calibre to cost around £100, diners were surprised to learn that their festi meal only cost £20.93! This proved to be the perfect trimming to a delicious #AldiFestiveFeast.
Image courtesy of Dharam Barrett, via YouTube, with thanks.