There is nothing so fun as pointing to a menu and saying "we'll take one of each".
That's what 6 of us were able to do last night at ALMA. One of the last stops on the Limsterfest train. Put together by Rochelle, who had studied the menu for weeks before, the dinner was a huge hit with wonderful wines to accompany it.
We started with the four different ceviches (the raw fish marinated and cooked by lime juice, etc)
Wild Bass (my personal favorite) with red onions, Scallops and mussels with saffron, scallops were amazing. Bluefin tuna, marinated in a coconut flavored sauce, and prawns with tomato and avocado. All exceeded our expectations, but I would have liked more of everything.
We had the Terryuno Concha y Toro Sauvignon Blanc along with that and the other appetizers, which included two wonderfully dressed salads, small crispy empanadas, and the most delicious corn flan.
We then opened a bottle of Ridge Grenache.....one of the better bottles of wine I have had. We shared and passed around Duck with pumpkin seeds and plantains. This was my favorite dish, the duck was light and moist and simple and tender. A pork chop with chive and scallion mashed potatoes, and a steak with yummy fava beans and small potatoe chunks were both grilled very well. Dark on the outside and ruby inside.
An excellent halibut, with a crispy crust on the outside, was accompanied by asparagus and thin strips of hearts of palm, which were unusual and delicious. And last, a yellowtail, which was meaty and fresh and had big chunks of roasted potato wedges and artichoke hearts. We had our third bottle of wine at that time, brought by Rochelle.
(my apologies Rochelle, I didn't get the name of that one)
Desserts included a very memorable Chocolate Jalapeno ice cream, which we all agreed, tasted quite chocolatey until after you swallowed, at which time you could feel the "hotness" on the back of your throat.
Limster's favorite of the evening was the Corn Flan, which had a "great texture" and he like the "bacon on top". Bob had a special place in his heart for the Bluefin tuna ceviche, and his wife Anne went crazy over the pork chop.
Rochelle also liked the ceviches, but especially enjoyed the Halibut. We loved the strips of hearts of palm.
And Majed, a guest chowhounder, really enjoyed the company and meeting new people. And he wouldn't mind eating that duck again, anytime in the near future.....
It was a great dinner, with very reasonable prices and I look forward to going back there soon.