Tucked away in the Renaissance Hotel is a lovely spot named Asador. With a farm to table concept, Chef Max brought the freshest ingredients to our dinner on Wednesday night.
We started with cocktails and weren't disappointed. The White Sangria Spritzer was perfect to beat the heat.
The Spicy Elderflower Margarita was tart with the right amount of spark provided by the salted rim. While waiting on drinks, we were served complimentary taquitos, hand rolled and made with the juiciest meats. It was so unique, but one each was a good number to serve because it was also incredibly rich.
For an appetizer, we started with the Rustic Oven Rolls served with the chimichurri glaze on the side. The rolls were hot and had huge and delicious salt flakes on top. The chimichurri glaze was garlicky and would have been delicious poured over the top. We used it as dipping sauce, though, and weren't disappointed.
The Pressed Pork Sandwich interested us for dinner, so we split that along with our side dishes. The sandwich was huge, piled with ham, pork, Manchego cheese, and with a nice amount of arugula to give it a peppery bite. I don't think either of us finished our halves, as it was a pretty generous serving.
The Smashed Potatoes with Olive Tapanade was the only disappointment of the evening. The combo wasn't quite right for us, but sounded out of the ordinary, so it was worth a try.
The belle of the ball was definitely the crispy Brussels sprouts. Bacon, agave nectar, and lemon seal the deal on this being an absolutely fantastic dish. The sprouts were roasted, so they weren't slimy or cafeteria like. Instead, the flavors melded together, salty and sweet, making this dish a definite favorite.
Gluttons that we are, we went ahead and ordered dessert, even though we were already stuffed. The baked peach finished with blue cheese, almonds, and ice cream was amazing. The flavor combination was the perfect finish to our dinner.
While this spot is a little out of the way, and while we've read a few reviews that weren't so kind, we are very glad that we gave it a try. The dishes were definitely salty and had a fair amount of fat to help pave the way to deliciousness, but we enjoyed our dinner a great deal. Folks staying at the Renaissance Hotel are definitely in for a treat with Asador!
The Dish: Crispy Brussels Sprouts are a must!