Every Thursday during the month of October, prepare to savor a decadent five course menu paired with expertly chosen wines at Mi Casa by José Andres. The restaurant is located at the luxurious Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve. We were lucky enough to score an invitation to an exclusive media tasting and got the chance to experience this unforgettable culinary journey.
The dinner got started with two of the restaurant’s most popular tapas. Up first was the Jamón Iberico de Bellota “Fermin” atop fresh tomato bread. Aged for 4 years, this is one of the finest hams in the world. Each melt in your mouth marbled slice has a rich nutty flavor that proved to the perfect complement to the crispy Catalan style toasted tomato bread. The tapa was paired with a deliciously refreshing cava from Agusti Torello Mata Brut Reserva.
Next up, was the Tortilla de Patatas “new way” which is a deconstructed version of the famous Spanish dish which consists of a potato purée with a slow cooked egg and caramelized onions topped with chives. It is served in crystal cup and you mix up the ingredients with the spoon provided. I devoured it in seconds. Each heavenly bite just left me wanting more. The tapa was paired with the Basque wine Txomin Etxaniz Txakoli which served as the perfect foil for the dish due to its citric and mineral tones.
As our starter, we had the Shrimp sautéed with shallots, arbol chile, poblano pepper, lime and sweet aged black garlic. This dish was a showstopper! An explosion of flavor with hints of spice, sweet, and zest giving me a blast of umami. The dish was paired with a Valdesis Godello Sobre Lias, a smooth wine with hints of pears, citric elements, and a strong mineral finish.
For our main course, we enjoyed the Braised Veal Cheeks with Shrimp, Polenta, and Mushrooms or the José Andrés surf and turf as I like to call it. The ultra tender meat literally just fell apart with each stroke of the fork. The flavorful shreds combined with the creamy polenta were simply divine! It was paired with an Arzuaga Crianza whose dark fruit taste and strong tannins provided the perfect balance to the dish.For our sweet finish, we had the Tres Leches made with Puerto Rican Rum, pineapple and caramel ice cream. A delight for the senses!
The Chef’s Wine Dinner costs $95.00 per person. A great deal if you ask me when you take into consideration the quality of the food, the wines, and the experience in general. It is available every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 pm. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity and check it out.