Aldea

Overall taste: 9/10 | 2016 | 31 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

This remains to be one of my favourite restaurants. Although it is only rated 1 michelin star, it is better than some of the 3 michelin starred restaurants in my opinion.

+++ = highly recommend | – – – = do not recommend

Pictured above:  +++ Hokkaido urchin toast – cauliflower puree, mustard seed & shiso {$16) [This is so good! plus I get to try Hokkaido sea urchin (uni) without travelling to Japan!]

Chef’s tasting menu ($135 pp)

Petiscos

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+++ Smoked sweet potato “blini” – ikura caviar, creme fraiche, flowers and herbs
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– – – White and green asparagus – preserved kumquats, spring garlic & hazelnut crumble
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+++ Shrimp alhinho – garlic, pimenton, red bell pepper juice & pressed shrimp jus

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Charcoal-grilled bacalhao – pickled pearl onion, white bean puree & cilantro [I found the fish to be slightly overcooked]
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Roasted Duck Breast – red and gold beets, pumpkin seed, duck confit & brown butter jus [it’s good but i’m quite disappointed on how little duck there was]

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– – – Queijo zimbros – roasted strawberry jam, walnut raisin toast and pickled green strawberry
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Matcha cake – pistachio brittle, sweet pickled cherries, sherry gastrique and bay leaf icecream

 

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