It was a true Mexican dining experience at the VIP menu tasting of Milagro Cantina. Starting off with 3 special cocktails made for the night, one of them a not-your-regular Margarita with a stronger, smokier flavour really quenched my thirst; followed by a multi-course tasting, each dish paired with a spirit or wine, Chef Arturo Anhalt sure knows what he’s doing.
Guacamole con totopos was served with three of Milagro’s famous salsas. The Milagrito ‘Ven A Mi’ Reposado Mezcal (or mescal) rimmed with “sal de gusano” and chased with orange juice was a nice way to reset our palate for the next round.
Cut the bacon crap, the Ensalada César (Caesar Salad) was served simple with a slice of lime and a nice, rich anchovy garlic vinaigrette. Sope Plazero (pork carnitas with tortilla) and Tostadita De Pulpo (crispy tortilla with Octopus Ceviche) were well complemented by michelada, a Mexican drink mixed with Negra Modelo beer, fresh lime juice served in a big, salt-rimmed glass.
Fried plantain, refried beans & pickled onions balanced out the saltiness of the pulled pork (Cochinita Pibil), try it with a 2010 Tinta Fina from Viña Clavidor, Rueda. Braised lamb shank served with potatoes tasted good with the guajillo chili & mezcal sauce (Pierna De Cordero), try it with a Puerta de Alcala Crianza Tempranillo from Vinos Jeromin, Madrid. Mole poblano served with roasted chicken had a very interesting taste that I’ve never experienced before, chili sauce with hints of sesame and chocolate. Try it with a 2010 Syrah from McManis Family Vineyard, California.
Home-style cheese flan was topped with a decadent layer of burnt sugar sauce and Crème Brûlée was made extra creamy with goat’s milk cajeta (Natilla De Cajeta), best part was the pairing with Cazadores Añejo, a 12-month white oak barrel aged tequila.
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