José Andrés’s restaurants Jaleo and China Poblano are about to be serving a whole lot truffles. For Andres’s annual truffle festival, both restaurants will run special menus heavily featuring Spanish black truffle. China Poblano’s event will run from Saturday, February 12 to Sunday, February 20, while Jaleo’s will be Tuesday, February 8 to Sunday, February 20. Additions include a quail egg siu mai with shrimp, pork and truffle, and a potato and quail egg papas y huevos served with tortillas and truffle at China Poblano. At Jaleo, they’ll be doing a Basque-style cheesecake with truffle, chicken croquettes with truffle, and a pan de Cristal, or toasted bread with butter and, yes, truffle. Jaleo guests can also opt to add three or five grams to any dish on the menu.
The truffles are being sourced from Spain, harvested by Nacho Ramirez, who is apparently a “dear friend” of José’s, and his truffle-hunting dogs, who you can enjoy in the video below. Reservations are available through China Poblano and Jaleo’s websites.
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