Monday, March 22, 2010
Argentine Mussel Soup paired with Los Cardos Malbec.
We stopped in at Ashmont Grill last week for their Monday Wine Club dinner. It was fairly crowded considering half the city was under water and it was still raining heavily. Then again, you just can't beat the value here: four courses paired with wine for thirty dollars. Tonight it was "Marvelous Malbecs" night. It seemed to us that many of the patrons were regulars and they really were enjoying their meals. One important note here to mention: you don't get just a scant sip of wine with each course. Oh no. Servers were always right there to top off your glass after a few sips as well as provide you with all of the information on the vintage selected. The atmosphere was casual and fun, with groups of people relaxing and enjoying a meal as they would in their own homes.
The Trapiche served with the next course.
The first course was an Argentine Mussel Soup, served fashionably in a clear mug and paired with a Los Cardos Malbec. The soup was quite good and adequately stocked with tender mussels in a rich broth with rice. The Malbec was a nice wine but, my dining companions agreed, probably not the best choice for this entree.
Grilled Portobello Chimichurri paired with Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec.
Second was a great dish of Grilled Portobello Chimichurri paired with a Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec. The mushrooms had a hearty, meaty flavor and were both flavored and dressed beautifully. The noticeably oak notes of the wine made this a great match.
Barbecue Beef Brisket paired with Michel Torino "Don David" Malbec.
The Beef Brisket was also matched well with the more robust Don David Malbec. The dish was not overly salty as is sometimes the case and was a filling and satisfying main.
Torta De Las Tres Leches paired with Alma Negra Sparkling Malbec.
The Torta Des Las Tres Leches did not seem traditional but was truly delicious nonetheless. The Sparkling Malbec served here was spot on for this dessert.
Ashmont Grill had a welcoming feels to it, the sort of place neighborhood people visit a few times a week, an extension of their own dining rooms. It's also a convenient few steps away from the Ashmont Red Line T Stop in case you don't live so close. And with the Monday Wine Club every week can be restaurant week. With wine!
555 Talbot Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02124
A sample of the wines tasted.