Brunch Gang was fortunate enough to be invited by Calle Ocho to an exclusive tasting in celebration of their new location in the Excelsior Hotel. We wined, dined and had the opportunity to meet the chefs and fellow food bloggers!
This was our first look at Calle’s new home, and we weren’t disappointed. They may have moved to a different spot, but the food, drinks and service are still top notch. They had a great crowd for Wednesday night dinner. We were seated in a private dining room past the kitchen.
Executive chef Rodney Mitchell said there are plans to change up the brunch menu within the next two weeks, adding French toast, pancakes and eggs Benedict with duck sausage. We’re looking forward to another brunch outing to Calle when we can try the new dishes!
Consulting chef Alex Garcia gave us a rundown of the wonderful five-course menu we sampled at the event. Each dish was paired with a different drink.
Ceviche: Cured salmon, Aji amarillo, sour orange pineapple; marinated Aji tuna, ginger, cilantro, mustard vinaigrette
-Paired with Calle Ocho’s signature mojito
Aperitivo: Bacon wrapped almond-stuffed dates, hearts of palm, cabrales; Colombian sweet corn arepa, ropa vieja, crema nata, criolla salad
-Paired with their mulata red sangria
Pescado: Roasted striped bass, serrano ham-chick pea, roasted pepper sauce
-Paired with sauvignon blanc
Carne: Cuban-style “steak frites,” traditional chimichurri
-Paired with cabernet sauvignon
Postre: Dark chocolate cake with dulce de leche ice cream
It was great meeting the ladies of Bruchinée, Cindy from Chubby Chinese Girl, NYC Foodie’s Josh (who wowed us with magic tricks) and Timothy, a contributor to Tasting Table and Every Day with Rachael Ray.
Many thanks to Kristen and Karen from Goldestein Communications, Chefs Mitchell and Garcia, our server, Antonio, who was a delight, and the entire staff at Calle Ocho for making our first bloggers’ event a memorable one.
Check out some pics of the new space and delicious food and drinks we enjoyed!