El Club Allard is perhaps one of the finest bargains in Michelin Star dining. To speak of a dining experience as a bargain, for me, is a very rare consideration. In fact, to even consider price is, in general, irrelevant. But, for a two star dining experience, El Club Allard was worth every penny.
A group of six of us ate what was a nearly perfect meal. It was so good, we even ate the menu, literally.
Aperitif: Pascal Doquet Blanc de Blancs
Scones & Garlic Butter
Short shell “txangurro”
Game truffle with Foie and Mushrooms
Wine: Marones Picarana 2012 (Albillo Real)
Chantilly from “Cantagrulla” with Seaweed
Wine: Terra Remota: Caminante 2012
Egg with Bread and Pancetta served over a light Potato Cream Sauce
Tuna from the north of Spain with Tomato and tender almonds
Sea Bass with Korean Marinade
Wine: Finca la Emperatriz Viura 2010
Sucking Lamb Shoulder with Tandoori crumble
Wine: Jimenez Landi Pielago 2010
Nordes’s Gin Tonic with Strawberry
“Face of Buddha”
There were numerous “standout” dishes during the meal.
Onion Soup – Perhaps the finest I have ever tried.
Suckling Lamb Shoulder – Tender, flavorful, simply perfect. Could be eaten every day of the week.
Gin Tonic with Strawberry – The flavor packed into this pre-dessert was unbelievable. Simply fantastic.
Poached Egg. An indescribably delicious…non egg. It was chocolate.