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Chow meet-up at Dali - report

GretchenS | May 4, 201212:13 PM

I volunteered to write up a feeding frenzy at Dali last night, participated in by several ’hounds who are longtime contributors to the WFD thread over on Home Cooking, two of us local, two from the UK. I had never been to Dali before and neither had our British friends so we ordered a huge variety of different items to try, which of course is the point of tapas anyway. We were so busy gabbing that we only thought of pictures as we were swallowing the last bite, so sorry, no visuals.

We ordered:
First Round:
San Jacobo | Zucchini filled w/Serrano & Manchego, breaded & fried
Pa amb tomàquet | Toasted country bread rubbed w/garlic cloves, vine- ripe tomato & drizzled w/olive oil with anchovies on top
Patatas Bravas | Deep-fried Potatoes w/Piquant Tomato Sauce & Alioli
Gambas al Ajillo | Garlic Shrimp
Solomillo en Tostada | Beef Tenderloin w/Pimento on Toast

Second Round:
Espinaca Catalana | Spinach, Catalan Style, sautéed with pine nuts, raisins & sherry
Vieiras al Azafrán| Broiled Scallops in Saffron Cream
Lomito al Cabrales | Pork Tenderloin w/Blue Sheep Cheese & Mushroom
Chuletillas | Grilled Baby Lamb Chops w/Peach Sauce
More of those amazing Patatas Bravas

No wonder I have not been hungry today! Everything was delicious, my favorites were the patatas bravas, although greedy thing that I am I could go for even more of the two nice sauces on them, and the pork with cabrales dish, which I have every intention of attempting to replicate at home in the near future. The spinach, which was a special, was a particularly nice foil to the very rich creamy things we got in Round 2. I think we did a nice job of sequencing, with the richer stuff later. There was a basket of warm bread to sop up the sauces, which believe me got sopped up!

Two desserts rounded things off, the Fresoles, which are deep-fried giant strawberries still with their stems on, in a pool of creamy sauce, with strawberry sauce and strawberry ice cream, and churros, deep fried dough with a dark chocolate dipping sauce. I must admit that I partook of neither but I am reliably informed that they were delicious.

As ever, really fun to meet other ’hounds and share good food.

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