Michelin-starred Quilon Restaurant in Victoria has been awarded the
Wine Spectator magazine's 2009 Restaurant Wine List Award of Excellence.
Each year since 1981, these
awards have been recognising restaurants whose wine lists "offer
interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal
to a wide range of wine lovers."
To qualify for an award, a list
must offer a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a
thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Typically, these
lists offer at least 100 selections - Quilon's offers over 140.
The most prominent and widely
available wine magazine dedicated to reviews and ratings, Wine
Spectator has earned a reputation as the leader in wine criticism. As
such, their ratings and awards are highly regarded worldwide.
"I am absolutely
delighted to receive such a prestigious award", commented
Sriram Aylur, Quilon's Executive Chef. "We have always placed
enormous importance on our wine list, handpicking an extensive
selection that complements the contrasting flavours and subtle
textures featured on the menu. It is fantastic that Wine Spectator
has recognised our hard work."
Quilon's wine list was compiled
by Peter McCombie, one of the UK's most renowned Masters of Wine, and
Sriram Aylur. Their goal was simple: to offer guests the opportunity
to enjoy top quality wine alongside their Michelin-starred food.
The restaurant's offering
features a great balance between Classical and New World wines, plus
an excellent selection at all price points, from a 2006 Domaine
Bousquet Tradition at £20 through to a 1986 Chateau Cheval Blanc
at £400. It also includes two Indian varieties, the popular
Grover's Sauvignon Blanc and La Reserve.
In a rare move for a restaurant,
Quilon also offers 80 wines as 375ml half bottles.
Quilon Restaurant 41 Buckingham
Gate, London SW1E 6AF Tel: 020 7821 1899