As we walked in to check in for our reservation (TIP: make your reservation as far in advance as possible), we had to pass by a trendy group of 20-30 somethings, girls dressed like they're ready for their summer shoot for Glamour Magazine (heels with bathing suits?!) and their slicked-back-hair boyfriends zipping into the valet in their BMWs (it's inside the SLS Hotel). We make our way into the lobby and to the hostess station, and are finally acknowledged by our hostess from Madrid, who emitted a very "I am too cool" attitude. We gave our names and reservation time, and apparently she saw a friend/customer and about-faced and left us standing there. Fortunately the other hostess noticed and immediately took care of us and led us to our table. The waiters were all in their 20's, and could appear in a GQ magazine--I thought that we would get the same treatment as "Miss Madrid", so I started with my Mojito (which was quite good). We were very pleasantly surprised when we got Cameron as our waiter, who was very attentive and patiently explained how the dishes were prepared. We love to experiment, so there were lots of interesting options but it was hard to make a decision, so we went on Cameron's recommendations. They were excellent! I don't remember the names of the dishes, but we had thinly-sliced rolled jicama filled with mint, pickled ginger,cucumber and a coconut dressing on the side..very good! Also if you like egg, you must try the "tortilla de papa new way" which is a larger shot glass with caramelized onion on the bottom, the thickened/emulsified yolk mixed with seasonings over the onion, and then topped with a FOAM of potato--sounds strange, but we thought it was absolutely exquisite! We could have had several of those but wanted to try other dishes..There was something called a deconstructed paella or something like that, with shrimp and noodles (kind of like fideos) instead of rice. I wasn't crazy about that one, because I was looking forward to the taste of saffron, but the way the spices were mixed into the shrimp and pasta must have been cooked into a reduction, so that the flavor of salty tomato overpowered everything else..We also had sweet potato fries, and what we thought was extraordinary was the sauce that came with them, which was greek yogurt with a tamarind reduction sauce, sprinkled with star anise and drizzled with just enough olive oil--WOW..I forgot what else we had, but these are the dishes that stood out. We wanted to save room for dessert, so we were escorted told we'd be escorted to the dessert bar--sorry, the "patisserie" which looked like a night club, by who? Miss Madrid. Alright, I thought I'd try again, maybe it's just me..Tried to chat with her, but nope--it wasn't just me. She escorted us with her "catwalk" (no I didn't "follow" her..) to the "patisserie". I thought this was a great place for a night out for dessert and a drink (guys take note). There were interesting dessert choices there as well. We had the floating island (maybe a different name..) which was coconut ice cream with I think guava sauce and a thin piece of dark chocolate, which was OK--I think something needs to be mixed into the coconut ice cream because it seemed kind of bland. We took home chocolate pop rocks for the kids (tasted like chocolate hard candy, but the popping was cool), the mango-passion marshmallow was pretty good as was the red currant-rose marshmallow, we had the salted caramel with edible paper, a financier (teeny tiny, half a bite's worth), and I think the pain au raisin..All of these desserts were okay, the marshmallow was interesting because I've never seen any in those flavors. It is pricey, but it's fun to take it in like a show, and an interesting outing with your significant other!
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