Monday, 30 April 2012


Aldea (31 West 17th Street, NY)

George Mendes opened Aldea in the Flatiron district wanting to bring a menu inspired by his heritage, as well as Iberian influences. His menu is very seasonal and rustic, providing wonderful flavours to his menu. The dining room is beautiful and intimate, a perfect place for a date.

Shrimp Alhinho Salad with Garlic, Coriander and Bibb Lettuce
Smoky, juicy, flavourful shrimp in a garlicky vinaigrette. The bibb lettuce provided a wonderful freshness and balance.

Arroz de pato with duck confit, chorizo, olive and clementine
A complex dish of flavours. The rice was perfectly al dente, the duck confit was tender and the crackling added to the wonderful texture and flavour of this dish. The chorizo sausage and olives added saltiness and savouriness to the entire dish. The clementine element added a surprising freshness and worked well with all the flavours. 

Serrano Ham Bikini with Mozzarella, Piquillo Peppers and Brioche
A wonderful rendition of the bikini sandwich. While in Spain, I ate these on a daily basis. Salty and fatty serrano ham with a layer of creamy mozzarella and some acid from the piquillo peppers. Similar to a very good grilled cheese, utterly butter and the brioche was the perfect companion. 

Sonhos "Sweet Dreams"
I was getting very full at this point but I had to have these. Delicately fried doughnuts, almost airy, with three wonderful dipping sauces. To be perfectly honest, these were little sweet dreams and I could have eaten a dozen of them alone! 

Chocolate hazelnut, lemon curd and salted Caramel

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