Why Ma Cuisine Is The Toast Of The Town
The gastronomic experience at gastro wine bar Ma Cuisine starts with your wine selection.
Ma Cuisine shares its name with the original restaurant in France’s Beaune region in Burgundy, which is owned and run by chef and owner Mathieu Escoffier’s family. But Escoffier and his business partner Anthony Charmetant emphasise that it is not a carbon copy. “It’s a new concept based on its legacy (as a wine destination),” they share, adding that “it’s less traditional—we want to make it a fun place to discover and rediscover wines in an engaging and unpretentious place”.
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The two met at a wine bar over a bottle of Clos de Vougeot, Domaine Hudelot-Noellat 2013. With a shared passion for food and wine, they admit that it was only natural for them to work together. Escoffier, who has worked at various French establishments such as Joel Robuchon and Daniel Boulud, heads the kitchen, while Charmetant, who has worked at Paul Jaboulet Aine, serves as the sommelier.
Pride of place
“Our wine list isn’t the same as the one at Beaune,” says Charmetant, but wine connoisseurs will agree that it is equally impressive. It comprises over 600 labels curated by Escoffier and Charmetant, and spans notable French wine regions, Italy, Spain and New World wines. There is something for every diner. Should you want an everyday tipple, order the Pinot Noir Domaine Coquard Loison Fleurot 2014. Celebrating a joyous occasion? Charmetant recommends the highly sought-after vintage, Ermitage l’Ermite Maison Chapoutier 2012.
Once you have chosen your tipples, allow Escoffier to design a menu around them. He offers French and Burgundian classics, some of which are family recipes perfect for any occasion. Drop by for preprandial drinks and he may suggest la pissaladiere, a caramelised onion tart topped with anchovies and olives. Supper lets you indulge in classics such as escargot baked with parsley and garlic butter, and beef cheeks braised in red wine sauce.
Eye for detail
The gastrobar boasts a raw, industrial decor accented with customised pieces such as tables embedded with wine labels, and barrel chandeliers. Choose your spot between the bar and the outdoor terrace, or opt for the red leather sofa seats for more privacy. The most important room, though, is the cellar where you will find the restaurant’s collection of the finest wines.
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