The evening of Saturday, the 28th July 2012, I took the family to Terry's 2º Piso. We hadn't seen JC de Terry since he left for vacation in Spain this past April, and, my youngest insisted on a Terry's dinner anyway. In addition, the previous week, JC asked if I would try out a new tinto Riojano for him, so the subject dinner was hitting 3 birds with one stone.
We had made reservations for 7:30pm, and it's a good thing as the place was absolutely packed that night - mostly, like us, families out for a Spanish weekend dinner. The kids, as always, wanted their many favorites from the regular menu. Unless otherwise stated, we had 2 orders of each depicted dish.
|Morcilla on Piggyback|
|Moderately Spicy Gulas al Ajillo|
|The Gambas al Ajillo were especially good that night - the shrimps exceptionally fresh, plump, and juicy. The kids massacred both orders (with bread, of course) very quickly.|
|Two orders of Setas (organic shiitake) al Ajillo con Jamón, one as above...|
|...the other topped with a couple of eggs just before serving, as I requested. Both delicious...|
|...mopped up with bread, washed down with chilled Bodegas Olarra Otoñal Rosado.|
|Nephew Zach with my two teenagers.|
|Jamón de Trevélez Gran Reserva|
|Croquetas de Tres Quesos|
|Prawn & Scallop Croquetas|
|Catha, Joaqi, & Zach|
|An order of Tortilla de Patatas for me - comfort food.|
|El Maestro, Juan Carlos (JC) de Terry, pours three reds for tasting...|
|...all from Bodegas Marqués de Legarda...|
|...2009 Crianza, 2007 Reserva, & 2001 Gran Reserva.|
The 2009 Crianza is austere and reserved (surprising due to the vintage marked by hydric stress) I found quaffable enough, and Catha noted that it was ok with the morcilla. The 2007 Reserva is a notable step up, the wood ageing apparent in comparison, but well in check. The 2001 Gran Reserva is more than decent enough, but, then, vintage 2001 for Rioja is a fantastic one, so one expects a lot.
In all, these wines shared a trait of austerity and an underlying theme of licorice/slight balsamico/worn leather to their reserved, savory dark fruit. The oak-related spice levels gradually increase in prominence across the lines, but always well in check. The balance is apparent. Though I do favor reserved and austere reds (old-school left bank Bordeaux being my palate default setting), I cannot but help wish for a bit more concentration, depth, and palate-push in the fruit.
We did ask to purchase half a case of the 2001 Legarda Gran Reserva as a gift for my wife's uncle, Tito Chito Legarda (who I happen to play golf with), but, alas, it is not yet available in Manila. We did tell JC we'd get some of the 2001 Gran Reserva if/when it is made available though.
|2001 Bodegas Marqués de Legarda Gran Reserva ¡Salud!|
These piquillos stuffed with creamy, lightly gamey cheese, topped with chorizo were absolutely superb. Note that there are two versions of stuffed peppers on Terry's regular menu - the other stuffed with tuna. Both are good, no doubt, the latter obviously a healthier option; but, this one is a blast. Excellent. All of us loved them, and both orders disappeared in a trice.
|JC then sent Joaqi a complimentary platter of Joselito Jamón Ibérico de Bellota Gran Reserva...|
|...which he grudgingly shared with us.|
Everyone was already pretty stuffed by the time, but then platters of Shrimp Risotto, and...
|...a hunk of US Black Angus Rib-Eye hit the table.|
|The kids somehow managed to do them justice though.|
|Joaqi & Zach.|
Since Zach is glucose-challenged, and there was no Sugar-Free Chocolate Marquis available that night, we, instead, got him from the downstairs Terry's deli...
|...some El Almendro Turrón Chocolate con Almendras Sin Azucares Añadidos.|
|The teenagers and I shared a regular Chocolate Marquis...|
|...while Joaqi had his usual Picatostes con Chocolate.|
|Yet another excellent meal at Terry's. ¡Ole! Until the next!|