Dégustation is one of my favourite ways to eat. It lets you indulge in and enjoy a whole range of amazing bite-sized meals through the culinary art. But the best part of a dégustation is getting the matched wines, creating a symphony of flavour explosions one small mouthful at a time. For the buck who loves his food, booking in for a dégustation makes a great bucks party idea.

Check out the Degustation restaurants in our business directory and get planning a sophisticated bucks party today.

Degustation makes a great bucks party idea (source: flickr.com/alpha
Degustation makes a great bucks party idea (source: flickr.com/alpha)

Dégustation is as much art as a meal

If your buck appreciates his food, then a degustation is right up his ally. Menus range from 5 through to as many as 20 courses, and feature the chef’s signature dishes. Dégustation is a culinary term meaning a careful, appreciative tasting of various foods and focusing on the gustatory system, the senses, high culinary art and good company. It’s designed to tantalise your senses and leave you thinking, and in our experience saying, wow, that’s amazing.

Get the right degustation restaurant and it will be an experience from the moment you walk through the door, with well thought-through decor and ambiance to take you on a journey right from the start. Serving staff, plating of dishes, timing of each course and the amount of time in the venue are all planned to ensure your night is more than a meal, but a full sensory experience.

Great food matched with the perfect wine

There are a lot of rules when it comes to matching food with wines and a top degustation restaurants invest in good sommeliers to make sure the wine matched just so. Perhaps the fattiness of the fish needs to be cut through.  Maybe the dish’s saltiness need to be paired back or the juiciness of a grade 5 marbled steak enriched. What ever the match, you can be sure the right liquid refreshment completes the culinary experience.

A good degustation will have matched wines to complete the culinary experience
A good degustation will have matched wines to complete the culinary experience
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Degustation is a showcase

Another reason a degustation is a great bucks party idea is that it allows you to sample the chef’s signature dishes. It’s the produce, flavours, atmosphere and culinary experience they want you to take away with you. The degustation might take you on a journey with boutique cheeses or experience a particular cuisine through a mix of seafood, red meats and poultry dishes. Finishing things off are the dessert items with matching sticky wines, and closed out with an apéritif or digestif. If there is a particular experience you want to take the buck on, talk to the restaurant and they might just draw up a tailored menu for you!

Small and intimate or get the whole crew together

No matter if you’re planning a bucks party that’s just for a few close friends or a full sized entourage, a degustation is a great way to cater. Reserve a table in the middle of the restaurant or lock up a private dining space to get the mood you’re after for the night.  If you’re looking for something a little special, or are wanting to let your hair down a little, then the private room might be the go.

A dégustation makes a great bucks party idea, but remember to be respectful. It’s typically a fine dining experience and not the kind of night where you pull out the pickles and throw on the artwork.