Australia Dinner

Bailliage of Western Australia, Australia
Perth, May 3, 2023

At the renowned Prego
" Owner and Head Chef, Joe Souti and his staff welcomed us with delicious house-made canapes "

The Bailliage had a very belated celebration of World Chaîne Day (WCD) at the
well-renowned Italian restaurant, Prego. Owner and Head Chef, Joe Souti and his staff welcomed us with delicious house-made canapes accompanied by Berlucchi Franciacorta Saten.

Whilst the first entrée was served, Vice-Chancelier Sande Saulsman described the wine pairing. She explained that where two wines were offered with a particular dish, the Italian one represented ‘Old World Wine’ with Australian Selections being modern wines from the ‘New World’. Comparison of the two wines generated interesting discussion around the tables. The Old-World vintages tending to be well-rounded, full-bodied wines.


First Entrée
Cured salmon
salmon caviar, aioli tahini
pink peppercorn and roquette sorbet
‘Old World’
2020 Benanti Etna Bianco
‘New World’
2018 Jim Barry Florita Riesling
Clare Valley, South Australia

Second entrée
Garlic and chili tiger prawns
pesto cream tomato coulis
2018 Akitu A2 Pinot Noir
Central Otago, New Zealand

Beef and Duck
Beef cooked to medium-rare
dressed with Gorgonzola sauce, King Oyster mushrooms
Crispy skin duck, baked in a wood fired oven
‘Old World’
2016 Collosorbo Brunello Di Montalcino
Piedmont, Italy
‘New World’
2018 Brash Vineyard Shiraz
Margaret River, Western Australia

a Middle Eastern dish made with spun pastry
soaked in sugar syrup
and layered with cheese and nuts

Selection of cheeses
Aromatic Golden Muscat - Sicily, Italy

To end the evening, Bailli Thurston Saulsman invited Joe Souti to give us a brief explanation on how the dishes were prepared and cooked. Thurston thanked him and his staff for a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Our sincere thanks went to Thurston and Sande for organising this excellent Western Australian event to belatedly celebrate World Chaîne Day.

Based on a detailed report prepared by Bill Gale, Vice-Chargé de Missions

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