Ate at e by jose andres last Friday. Let me start by saying it was a great meal, basically worth the money, and surprisingly less expensive than expected since we did not do the pairings:
That said, it's one more data point that tells me Alinea really is THAT GOOD.
There were 25 courses divided into three sections:
Of the small bites, there were some highlights:
Opener was a macaroon with idiazabel cheese accompanied by chiccharones, clams encased in their liquor, a cod cheek sandwich, and a sphere of cava sangria
The Tapas were mostly amazing - two meh dishes out of six. Highlights:
Lobster tail in sections with jasmine foam and citrus.
Turbot with deep fried bone marrow and a bone marrow sauce (my favorite of the evening - fried bone marrow rocks)
Salt-baked lobe of foie gras (another ridiculously good idea)
Secreto of iberco with Squid .... ingredients speaking for themselves... amazing.
Desserts - best rice pudding I've ever had, a great take on pan con chocolat and some cool flan
truffle cotton candy.... the truffle essence was not evenly appplied, so it was spotty - otherwise a good idea that just needs some work
artichoke puree with vanilla - just a little meh. very edible
chickpea stew with iberco ... neither the chickpeas nor the ham was in its original form - both had been juiced and reconstituted... unnecessarily