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Jaleo - Jose's Way Tasting Menu

Worldwide Diner | | May 4, 2014 08:43 AM

Before we ordered Jose's Way, we asked to see the menu for The Experience vs. Jose's Way. Each menu was presented as a chart, with substitutes for various allergies. In the pic, one can see the regular tasting menu and the tasting menu for those with egg allergies. They did point out everything was from the regular menu. So the tasting menu was just a lot of different tastes, with smaller portions.

The first 3 dishes were straight from the former Minibar: (1) 'Ferrán Adrià' liquid olives, (2) La Serena cheese and quince paste cone, and (3) Salmon tartare and trout roe cone. See picture.

The next to arrive were (4) 3 Iberico hams and (5) pan cristal - toasted slices of bread brushed with fresh tomato. I didn't finish the bread, to save room.

The third wave included (6) oyster gin & tonic, and (7) Salpicón de cangrejo - lump crabmeat with cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, cauliflower and brandy sauce. See pic.

The fourth group included (8) endives, goat cheese, oranges and almonds, (9) Roasted sweet onions, pinenuts and Valdeón blue cheese, and (10) potato salad with imported conserved tuna, carrots, peas and mayonnaise. See pic.

The fifth group included (11) croquettes, and (12) Coca con erizos de mar - crusty cristal bread topped with butter and sea urchin. See pic.

Next was (13) egg and caviar.

Followed by (14) Spanish mackerel in escabeche marinade - shaved thin like carpaccio, and (15) sauteed spinach.

Then (16) Solomillo de ibérico de bellota con manzanas - Grilled fresh tenderloin from ibérico pigs, and (17) Pimientos del piquillo Don Julian de Tolosa con grasa de jamón ibérico - Sweet red pepper confit with ibérico ham fat.

The last 2 savory dishes, just in case you weren't already full, were to fill you up with (18) sauteed cauliflower, and (19) paella of chicken and mushroom.

The first dessert was 3 cheeses, then chocolate flan, and gin and tonic sorbet.

The food was $95, wine pairing $30 - I was stuffed. We didn't finish every dish. Overall - very good food. We did see Jose in the restaurant but he was in street clothes.

Afterwards, we went to Barmini to top off the night.