A lovely lunch at Coqueta but why do I always get the clueless diners? A table of guys thought they were so cool, yet tried to order chips & salsa (at a clearly Spanish restaurant but I guess Spain and Mexico are the same) and then despite a great cocktail list, a T&T as if it was the greatest drink of all time. Don’t get me wrong, I love a G&T but not when there are much more interesting versions on the menu.
Esparragos Trigeros con Romesco – wood grilled green asparagus with coal roasted romesco salsa, raw manchego and Marconi almonds
Huevos Nacional – deviled eggs filled with spring pea, smoked pimentos aioli, on pickled saffron potatoes and olive oil poached bonito
Albondigas a la Feria – Grilled duck and pork meatballs with tart cherry and Tempranillo salsa and crispy shallots
El cazador – oloroso sherry, Campari, lime, honey
I couldn’t stop thinking that as much as I enjoyed this place my brother should have been with me because he would have loved it more. I do find it interesting that while the brothers don’t get along, they clearly respect each other’s talents as Evil Twin is featured predominately here (as is Mikkeller at Torst).
Lovely is the only word that comes to mind to describe this evening. Exceptional service. Great wine pairings. And the most perfectly portioned tasting menu I can remember having.
California Sturgeon Caviar, egg yolk poached in smoked oil,crema fresh, chive
Seared Spot Prawn, watermelon, cucumber, opal basil
Cherry tomatoes, purée of grilled zucchini and wheatgrass, green olive oil, herbs and flowers
Chilled spiced eggplant soup, pole beans, charred okra, fermented chile, flowering cilantro
Wild king salmon, crayfish bordelaise, lovage, fennel pollen
Steamed shiitake potato dumpling, mushroom dashi, brown butter, tatsoi
Emigh ranch lamb, chard leaves and stems, garum, rosemary
Coconut Mochica bun, kiwi, shiso
Ha’ogen melon, olive oil, holy basil
Blueberries and Violet
Frozen dark chocolate yuzu marshmallow