How many times have you searched for “something different” than your basic weekly “dinner and a movie” outing or date?
Do not search anymore. As part of its New Year’s calendar of events, the Condado Ocean Club Hotel has designed a series of monthly dining experiences that pair gourmet dishes with exquisite wines and liquors to impress the most discerning palates.
The SOCIAL Gastro Series, hosted by the hotel’s SOCIAL restaurant, is a monthly event where the dinner menu draws inspiration from international cuisines and flavors, and will be accompanied by an exclusive wine list selected by master sommelier Will Costello.
The first event in the SOCIAL Gastro series will be a five-course dinner with a first entrée consisting of a cream of cauliflower with truffle oil and focaccia accompanied by a glass of Miquel Pons Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature2015, followed by a chewed salad with manchego cheese, green apple bourbon and grilled walnuts which can be served with Kinsy Bien Nacido Pinot Blanc Santa Maria Valley2019 or a Miller Family Optik Chardonnay (Block N.11), 2019.
The third course will be a red wine and beetroot risotto, with whipped goat’s milk and chives, accompanied by a glass of Kinsy Bien Nacido Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley2018, or a Miller Family Optik Pinot Noir (Block 42B), 2019.
The main course will be New Zealand Grass-Fed Beef Tenderloin with Mashed Potatoes and Leeks in a Port Sauce and Crunchy Shallots, accompanied by a Miller Family Optik Syrah (Block 49A), 2019 or ‘a Bien Nacido La XO Reserva Syrah Valle Santa Maria2018.
The dessert, chocolate cake and truffles with cashew nuts and honey, apricot gel and coconut ice cream, will be served with a glass of Monte Rubí Gaintus Sobremaduro2016.
This first edition of the SOCIAL Gastro Series is scheduled for Thursday January 27 at 7:00 p.m. It has a cost of $165 per person (taxes and tip not included).
A second monthly event are the Omakase dinners, hosted by the Jade Whiskey Bar. Coming from the rich Japanese tradition, the word omakase means “I let you do it”. Thus, in this context, dishes are left to the knowledge and culinary expertise of the chef, and are generally subject to taste, availability (seasonality), and cost of ingredients.
In his book The Story of Sushi, scholar and writer Trevor Corson states:[Omakase is] what the sophisticated customer says to the chef when he sits down at the sushi bar. Sushi connoisseurs rarely order from a menu.
The first Omakase dinner at Jade will be prepared by chef Ramón Cruz and will consist of 10 courses based on wine and whiskey. Even though omakase mainly refers to sushi, other dishes, such as salads, tempuras and soups will find their place in this culinary experience, so that the chef can choose among them those that complement each other best. Customers must be prepared to be surprised.
The entertainment for the evening will be provided by saxophonist Janice Maisonet
The first Omakase dinner will take place next Friday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m. and places are limited to 10 people only. It has a cost of $225 per person (taxes and tip not included).
“The hotel has taken all the necessary precautions and complies with all health regulations to guarantee the well-being of its guests,” said Condado Ocean Club general manager Albert Charbonneau.
Participants in these events must present proof of their Covid-19 vaccination status.
“Omakase” means “I leave the choice to you”. Thus, in this context, the dishes are left to the culinary know-how of the chef.