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ASTREIT:

I forgot to mention in my review that we did a menu tasting when we got there. Prior to leaving for MX, Angie forwarded a form that we needed to fill out with info for flowers, cake flavors, Spazul appointment times, food we wanted to sample, etc. We met at Spice restaurant and sampled 2 dishes from each category. We ultimately went with:

Salad: Trout salad w/ vegetable mouse & poblano chili sauce

Soup: Oyster cream soup w/ fried leak

Main Course: Beef fillet w/ dijon mustard, garnished w/ Provencal herbs AND a custom dish of Chicken stuffed with zucchini flour w/ rice & veggies on the side.

Dessert: Cheesecake w/ chocolate

 

For our vegetarians:

Salad: Tomato salad w/ grilled zucchini

Soup: Spring soup

Main course: Eggplant cake w/ vegetables & green tomato sauce

Dessert: Cheesecake w/ chocolate

 

For our 1 vegan guest, the chef would prepare the vegetarian menu w/ no animal byproducts.

 

For the children:

Same salad, soup, and dessert as the regular guests

Main course: Chicken fingers

 

We met with the chef, Parroquin, to discuss the menu and different options for our vegetarians and 1 vegan guest. It was difficult to communicate with him because his English is poor and he didn't quite understand what we meant by vegan. It wasn't until I discussed it w/ Zulma did I feel more comfortable that the chef understood what I meant. Also, I wanted an altered chicken dish because we have some guests who eat chicken, but no seafood (the listed chicken dish is stuffed w/ shrimp). Normally, you are only supposed to choose one dish from each category for all your guests, but we found it hard to pick one dish for everyone. Zulma told us that if we knew exactly how many chickens/beefs/veggies we wanted and where they would be sitting, it would be fine. Two days before the reception, I provided Zulma with the final count and the seating chart.

 

I was upset during the reception that the cheesecake didn't look the same as it did during the menu tasting. At the tasting, the cheesecake was very unique in that it was rounded and completely covered w/ chocolate...so you wouldn't know that it was cheesecake until you took a bite. At the reception, it was a standard looking cheesecake. Boo... but oh well. It was still tasty. Hope this helps!!

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Lady_Di:

Yes, there is only one Spazul at The Royal. Maybe there is another one at Gran Porto? I'm not sure.

 

Also, I found out 2 possible names for the bar/club we went to for the after party...one friend tells me it is Bar Malandrin on Calle 12 between 5th and 10th Ave. Another friend tells me it's Mandala Bar on Calle 12 between 1st and 5th Ave. We were all pretty drunk that night, so unsure who is right. Sorry ladies.

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ASTREIT:
I forgot to mention in my review that we did a menu tasting when we got there. Prior to leaving for MX, Angie forwarded a form that we needed to fill out with info for flowers, cake flavors, Spazul appointment times, food we wanted to sample, etc. We met at Spice restaurant and sampled 2 dishes from each category. We ultimately went with:
Salad: Trout salad w/ vegetable mouse & poblano chili sauce
Soup: Oyster cream soup w/ fried leak
Main Course: Beef fillet w/ dijon mustard, garnished w/ Provencal herbs AND a custom dish of Chicken stuffed with zucchini flour w/ rice & veggies on the side.
Dessert: Cheesecake w/ chocolate

For our vegetarians:
Salad: Tomato salad w/ grilled zucchini
Soup: Spring soup
Main course: Eggplant cake w/ vegetables & green tomato sauce
Dessert: Cheesecake w/ chocolate

For our 1 vegan guest, the chef would prepare the vegetarian menu w/ no animal byproducts.

For the children:
Same salad, soup, and dessert as the regular guests
Main course: Chicken fingers

We met with the chef, Parroquin, to discuss the menu and different options for our vegetarians and 1 vegan guest. It was difficult to communicate with him because his English is poor and he didn't quite understand what we meant by vegan. It wasn't until I discussed it w/ Zulma did I feel more comfortable that the chef understood what I meant. Also, I wanted an altered chicken dish because we have some guests who eat chicken, but no seafood (the listed chicken dish is stuffed w/ shrimp). Normally, you are only supposed to choose one dish from each category for all your guests, but we found it hard to pick one dish for everyone. Zulma told us that if we knew exactly how many chickens/beefs/veggies we wanted and where they would be sitting, it would be fine. Two days before the reception, I provided Zulma with the final count and the seating chart.

I was upset during the reception that the cheesecake didn't look the same as it did during the menu tasting. At the tasting, the cheesecake was very unique in that it was rounded and completely covered w/ chocolate...so you wouldn't know that it was cheesecake until you took a bite. At the reception, it was a standard looking cheesecake. Boo... but oh well. It was still tasty. Hope this helps!!
This is so encouraging! We also have people who love chicken and do not like seafood at all, so very good to hear they will customize. I hope they will allow us to do a tasting when we get there. That would be ideal for me. I speak pretty good Spanish and almost wish they would give me their menu in Spanish because their English version does not sound appetizing at all. I know it must be in their translation though. Thanks so much!

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