Casa Mono tonight- any recs from recent meals?
Hitting Casa Mono tonight for the first time in a while- anybody eat there in the last few weeks and have something blow their mind?
Jon's review in mid-November highlighted the fideos with clams, the chipirones, and the pork cheek with quince.
Any other current specials/seasonal items to look out for?
Report from last night's dinner at Casa Mono- every dish we had was great. Four shared everything.
Fideos-nice eggy/chewy noodles, rich chorizo flavor, lovely small clams in the shell
Sweetbreads-perfectly cooked with a flavorful coating, juicy inside and nice braised leeks, I think
Octopus-small ones, perfectly grilled, simple preparation
Pumpkin/goat cheese croquettes-fried almost dark, rich gooey texture inside. To me they could be a little bigger to improve the filling/coating ratio. Came with fried sage, that was a big hit
Venison- small but thick medallions, meltingly tender, really nice
Oxtails- a VERY rich falling apart braise, large piquillo peppers really went well with it
Pig cheeks- nice crispy chunks, salty
Monkfish w/langostinos- terrific. The langostinos (plancha) were sugary sweet
Brussels sprouts were delicious and very buttery and rich, with a nice caremelized char
Dessert was the warm chocolate cake (lovely) and the tangerine sorbet with moscatel sauce and pomegranate seeds.
As some people have commented, the food is very salty and rich, but wasn't overwhelming with the assortment of dishes we had, considering we had seafood and meats with each course. Have to watch the ordering to avoid getting ONLY salty/rich dishes.
The wine, a red tempranillo/cabernet/merlot blend from Costers del Segre called Vilosell, went extremely well with the food, and was a good deal at $35. We had two bottles.
The dinner came out to $130 per couple including tax and tip.
From the range of favorites posted above, we could easily have had a totally different meal with similar results. Now if I can just get a reservation...
I just ate there on Tuesday night, sat at the bar and had a great time talking with our server/bartender. I was with a non-pork-eating friend (horrors!), but we made a fabulous meal out of the bacalo fritters (the aioli is the nicest part of that dish, very subtly orange-flavored), the brussel sprouts, the layered beet and Valderon salad, the sepia a la plancha (a squid-like thing with an herby salsa verde), and the patatas bravas (which frankly, is the one dish here i find to be completely miss-able). The dessert, surprisingly, was the finest moment: a warm chocolate cake with milk choclate ice cream, it was a perfect blend of warm, rich and light all at once. Don't forget the sherry, either - we tried one that was so syrupy and sweet it was like a drug (can't remember the name but I know that it dates from 1927). I love Casa Mono every time I go. The staff is so warm, and we even got to gossip about Top Chef. Enjoy.
you definitely cant go wrong with the brussel sprouts. I had the frisee salad and it was delicious. Simple, clean and refreshing. Razor clams.....all i can say is yum!
Interesting that noone has mentioned the meat dishes (except the lamb ribs). As much as i love the food and ambiance of casa mono, i do find a lot their dishes very heavy (lots of oil). Thoughts?
Loved the razor clams, brussels sprouts, and creme brulee with battered and fried sage leaves - mostly for the fried sage leaves. Was not such a fan of the pumpkin croquettes - found it a bit dry and heavy, more like donuts than croquettes.
There was a tall frisee salad that looked good, too.