Today's lunch, 7th November 2010, was with my wife and children at Juan Carlos de Terry's jam-packed (it's a good thing I made reservations the day ahead) Terry's 2º Piso for a wide array of pintxos - mainly because my kids had been dropping hints that we hadn't been to Terry's in quite a while - well, that and because of Miguel's FB photos from his and Ria's current culinary escapades in San Sebastian. Sunday lunch is normally spent at my in-laws', but when they are out of town, we most always wind up at Terry's 2º Piso. The following are several of countless reasons why:
JC hands-on at the kitchen as the youngest looks on.
Not only is JC a dear friend, he is the master of all things Spanish in the Philippines: an extremely talented and creative chef with a treasure trove of knowledge of Spain's cuisine and wines (he is a Phd in oenology after all) who, being a former concert pianist as well, is forever composing culinary symphonies for all to enjoy. Today, aside from a couple of orders of gambas al ajillo (which I forgot to photograph), we had:
Gratin de Ostras en Crema de Manchego y Espinacas (Oysters Baked in a Manchego and Spinach Cream)
Josélito Jamón Gran Reserva
Morcilla on "Piggy-Back"
Gazpacho con Almejas
Blini with Caviar
Of course, we had to have a couple of orders of Foie Gras.
Chistorra in Potato Crisp atop Manchego
Prawns Wrapped in Jamón de Teruel atop a Croqueta of Mashed Bean (I think the beans are mongetes, but I could be wrong).
Peaches & Pork Belly Perched on a Risotto Ball Drizzled with Balsamic-Truffle Oil
With all these we enjoyed the current release (I believe the 2009) Bodegas Olarra Otoñal Rioja Rosado - JC told me this is predominantly grenache (i.e., 80%, with 10% tempranillo and 10% viura). I noted it is not as hefty as the all-grenache Bodegas Marco Real Homenaje Rosado I am also very fond of. The subject rosado is very fresh, crisp, lighter on its feet, comes off (to me) as from cooler clime than the Homenaje, comparatively more compact and is obviously lower in % abv, very approachable and very easy to drink a lot of. Very nice on a Sunday afternoon. I believe it is only around P450/bottle at Terry's.
¡Salud de nuevo!
We were pretty much done in after all these, but simply had to have a couple of orders of the Picatostes con Chocolate to wind up lunch. Catha went to the deli to pick up some pears, peaches and cheese for dinner while I stayed with the boys and a double espresso. It was a little past 3pm by then and JC could finally sit down and have a bite to eat himself after what was undoubtedly an incredibly busy lunch service. We stopped by his table to say goodbye and thank him for yet another fantastic meal before heading home. Sunday lunches here are always a treat. Surely we'll be back at the next opportunity.