How many members had dined at El Bullí ? Would love to hear about your dining experience in Las Rosas, Costa Brava, Girona - Catalonia ?
In one of deepest parts of Andalusia, at the far end of the Iberian Peninsula from Costa Brava, in an ambiance that could not be any more different from that of the former El Bullí, Ferrán Adriá set out intentionally to create a contrast ... The history of the building dates back to the 13th century when the Catholic King Ferdinand III, called Saint Fernando conquered Muslim Sevilla and had kept the Hacienda Benazuzu for himself.
The Star restaurant LA ALQUERÍA is the keystone of this hotel. The venue offers the opportunity to eat under the Adriá banner as its extraordinaire feature.
Our perfect host, José ( Pepe ), after arriving on an unusual day, it was drizzling ... had organised a wine tasting for interested guests. Disciple and Chef Rafael Bellido, reproduce some of the most outstanding recipes created by the former El Bullí Restaurant during its prolific decade. The delectable repeertoire contains over hundreds of creations per season multiplied by 20 years of work.
The bill of fare includes quotes and comments by the renowned Chef of fame that has changed the way Iberians dine.
The parade of flavors seemed endless. It had begun with a cocktail called a Solid Whisky Sour, followed by 10 SNACKS ( a Picateo = nibbles ) which included:
Cured Reggiano Parmesano Straws
A deconstructed Piña Colada
Caramelized Quail Eggs
Cod Fish Skin
An Artichoke Lollipop
Flame Grilled Melon with salted mint - a perfect contrast of flavours
Cauliflower Cous Cous
Beetroot Ravioli filled with Rasberries and Prawns
Tagliatelli made from Jelly Consommé
Then the four main dishes plus the range of desserts ...
Delicious to eat, served on awesome wavy plates and gorgeous to look at:
The Red Mullet ( salmonette ) Gaudí Style
The breaded fresh grilled Sardines
The dolce vita sweet tooth pleasures were:
Chocolate Mold with curry and coconut
Little chocolate bom boms with Eucalyptus Jelly
Well, all in a globetrotting editor and writer´s diary ...
The Madriaje, which in Spanish translates to: a wine paired for each of the various parts of a meal, or dishes paired with each wine ...
If in Spain, this is where to go now ...
Forget everything you have called breakfast too ... The juices of the day, change daily ...
I had sipped and sampled the following:
apple with basil
hibiscus with pineapple and coconut
pink grapefruit and thyme
Butter comes in 3 different modalities:
Chive with creamcheese
The Jams and Mermalades included:
Juniper with Pineapple
The croissants, brioche, pastries with fresh fruit ... 90% of the breakfast is not the same on the 2nd night´s stay !
My faves were the Papaya and the yogurt mousse with Lemon curd.
As Ferrrán Adriá has stated to me during an interview: " Buscamos lo nuevo, lo inaudited, lo demás, no nos interesa " ... ( 1994 )
*** We look for the new and undone, otherwise, it does not interest us ...
www.hbenazuza.com ( In English and Spanish )
Happy Holidays once again,
Edited by margcata - 12/25/11 at 4:36am