By Kristin Díaz de Sandi
The sun is shining bright, and the Pacific Ocean is sparkling like it is lined with strands of tiny lights.
The smell of the ocean air is nearly intoxicating. I don’t know about you, but there is something about the salty air that really opens up my appetite.
Tortilla Espanola starts the flavor fiesta.
It is a gorgeous weekend afternoon, and after only being open for half an hour, Muelle Tres is already bustling with diners anticipating their lunch orders. We are greeted with a glass of wine and an icy cold bottle of Agua Mala beer. The meal not only started off on delicious note, but just that little bite of Tortilla Española took me right back to a tiny street side cafe in Marbella, Spain. A few years back, I lived in Marbella, Spain for a short period of time, while continuing my education in Interior Design. On snack/lunch breaks we would walk right across the street to grab a slice of Tortilla Española that always sold out impeccably fast. The flavors of this one at Muelle Tres were spot on to those. It is always so amazing to me, when those special memories can be triggered from a single bite of food.
Plump, juicy, and a squeeze of lemony goodness.
Now back to the rest of meal at Muelle Tres. Three incredibly fresh oysters garnished with a lemon wedge, and a tiny container of red onion mignonette, just awaiting to be devoured. Oysters like these are almost refreshing, as you slurp down a taste of the sea. The garnishes were an added bonus, bringing a nice bright acidity to the beauties.
Following that, tiradito of octopus and corvina. Thinly sliced octopus and corvina are drizzled in lime juice, soy sauce, and a touch of olive oil. Fresh ginger and serrano chiles are so finely diced, that their flavors just linger in the background of each bite. Heavenly.
A tiradito of octopus and corvina