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thenewguy | Sep 22, 2003 06:32 AM

I went to Azafran over the weekend. Overall it was very good..Ordered 6 dishes and 2 desserts.

1: Alcachofas con Vinagreta Dallia
Whole artichoke served with mustard vinaigrette

This was surprisingly good. The center of the artichoke was hollowed out for the vinaigrette. It took a long time for the 2 of us to eat our way into the heart. This dish is best for 4 people. Simple but very good.

2: Assorted Meat Platter

You get to choose 3 meats from the menu
The Jamón Serrano was very good. It sweeter than proscuitto but not as salty.
The Palacios Chorizo was just average. It is served cold, and I think that is the reason why it was average. If you want to try the chorizo, I suggeest you order the sauted version.
The Salchichón was very good. Not much to describe about the sausage but it was very good.

3: Calamares a la Plancha
Head-on shrimp grilled with rock sea salt and served in their shells

Simply prepared as described in the menu. The shrimps were very big. Definitely don't waste the red liquid from the shrimp head. Suck out the juice or at least drizzle it over the shrimp. Very simple but very delicious.

4: Pechugas de pato marinadas
Roasted fat-free duck breast marinated in a honey and Dijon sauce
This was a below average dish. This was the worst of the 6 I had. The duck is served @ room temp. There is absolutely no fat or skin in this dish. The sauce is fine but the duck really suffers with no skin/fat and also not served hot/warm. Because it's served @ room temp, the duck is a bit chewy. IMHO, this would've been a great dish if served hot, medium-rare with the skin and some fat on it. I would not order this again

5: Gallega a la Azafrán
Scallops grilled with thyme, extra virgin olive oil, grilled tomatoes and scallions

Great dish. The scallops were huge and cooked perfectly. This dish was simply cooked, no heavy or strong sauce to cover up the sweet taste of a perfectly grilled scallop. Each scallop sits on a piece of grilled tomato. The grilled tomato with the scallop is a great match. The sweetness of the scallop with the acidity of the tomatoes matched perfectly

6: Rollo de Carne Relleno de Pesto
Sautéed rolls of sirloin beef and pesto sauce, served on a bed of sautéed spinach

I was expecting the beef to be a bit chewy or even tough, but was I wrong. The beef was so tender. Almost no effort to cut it. This dish is like a spanish version of beef negimaki, but instead of scallions wrapped in beef, its pesto wrapped in beef. Very good flavor combination.

And finally the dessert. I don't remember the names of the dessert but I can describe it for you.

The first dessert was some sort of cake.

The bottom layer was a sponge, on top of that was a cold almond mousse (sp?), and on top of that was an almond nougat with cream on top served with a chocolate sauce and an almond sauce. The sponge tasted a bit dry by itself but if you eat it with every layer it was unnoticeable. The cold almond mousse was delightful. It had the consistency of a very airy icecream. Very good dessert.

The second dessert was a spanish version of a creme brulee. This dessert was a cross between a traditional creme brulee and a flan. Not as creamy as a creme brulee but not as custardy as a flan. It was just an okay dessert. Nothing really special. The flavor of this dessert was the same as a traditional creme brulee

Okay that is all. Overall this meal was very enjoyable. Service was very good except that it took a long time for a refill for my water. I would definitely eat here again.

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