Casa Mono, New York

After a morning of racing through the Metropolitan Museum of Art, ending the tour with a very poignant and intense exhibition, “Naked behind the Lens”, Mrs. E and I realised that our stomachs were demanding to be audience to an exhibition of their own, a culinary exhibition! Luckily her foresight had grabbed us a table at her local tapaseria, Casa Mono, in vibrant Union Square. Hurrah! Designed to bring the peace and calm to the diner reminiscing about Barcelona and Catalonian nibbles, and more specifically, that of the Boqueria market on La Rambla in Barcelona, one of my favourite hang outs in one of my favourite cities! So, off we went, skipping down the busy streets of Union Square, basking in the sunshine, and finding ourselves being seated right at the front row. Luckily for us, one is meant to order plenty of dishes, which we had no problem in choosing….

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Sardines
Sweetbreads
Oxtail
Bone Marrow

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Sardinas Fritas: with a bit of endive, a squeeze nlemon and who could complain! Not I, especially when I love eating the bones and all.

There are few things I cannot pass up on a menu. Sweetbreads with fennel al Mono is one of them. Juicy hunks of sweetbread, crispy crusted and tossed in a paprika lemon olive oil sauce with slow roasted baby fennel. Perfect! Crispy on the out, soft and tender on the in. Anyone cooking sweetbreads otherwise, needs to be shot.

Oxtail stuffed piquillo peppers: another one of life’s little comforts. Shame we had to split this dish between the 4 of us.

Bone marrow with chermoula and radishes: Now, bone marrow NEVER gets missed. I had to be good and share this (my precioussss…it’ssss mine!) and it’s so good with the chermoula (a ‘harissa’ made with parsley and mint).

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Cod cheeks
Duck egg with mojama
Chocolate and salt

Cod cheeks pil pil with pickled chillies: light and brothy with a gentle creaminess brought about by the olive oil emulsion and a zesty tang from the chillies. Hell yeah!

Duck egg with mojama: This is what needs to have everyday for breakfast! Mojama is salted and dried tuna, and the dish also comes with fried potatoes. Could life possibly need more from simple pleasures?

Chocolate mousse, sea salt, vanilla ice cream, olive oil, strawberries: Now, do I really need to say anything about this or can I go and make some for myself already?

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Great little place for a lunch – it’s crowded, it’s busy, it’s full of life and zero pretension. Make a mess, make some noise, enjoy the spirit of Barcelona! The chefs preparing your food certainly are, and so it shows in the food!

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Recommend you go: 8

Food: 8

Website
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