New Year's Day First Meal

Traditionally we like to start the year with a very special meal. This year it was at Pazo de Mendoza, a nice little restaurant on the west coast of Spain (in a town called Baiona).
Pictures were taken - which I will add later, when I get home and fix my dead lap-top.

The menú de gustación was €38; €50 with wines included (the latter, more dangerous option was selected). As for the wine, each bottle was new (except the ports), opened at the table and then left there for you to enjoy at your leisure. By the end of the meal there was rather a lot of partial bottles standing there.

The menú:

  • Bread basket (warm (good), 2 types, 4 pieces)
  • Sparkling water (agua con gas)
  • Foie stuffed eggs (huevos rellenos de foie)
    • Calem Porto Blanco (white port)
  • Duck Ham (Jamon de pato)
    • Pazo Casanova (Ribera del Duero) white wine (local)
  • Grilled Squid and vegetables (Pulpo a la Brasa)
    • Condes de Alberei (Albariño) white (local)
  • Monkfish with Beans (Rape con fabas)
    • Ardandeja (Rioja)
  • Margret de Canard
    • Viña Mayor (Ribera del Duero) red
  • Cheese Plate (Quesos variadas)
    • Vista Alegre (Oporto) 1999 Late Bottled Vintage
  • Dessert: Chocolate Mouse with Custard (Chocolate con Natilla)
  • Petit Fours: Chocolate Truffles, Tarta Santiago (cake)
Cigars were available (but not taken).
That was enough. Time for a siesta.

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