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I came back a day early from my Málaga Getaway this week because I had been invited to a gastronomy event on Tuesday that I simply couldn’t miss, featuring the dream team of Tribeca and Cañabota cooking together. It was to be one of the most unforgettable meals of my life … but I am getting ahead of myself. I’ve known Cañabota since its inception two years ago, when Juanlu Fernández joined forces with Pablo Giménez and Eduardo Guardiola from Tribeca. The latter I finally got to know in person when friends invited me to join them there for dinner earlier this year. So I was very keen to see – and taste – what they would come up with together.

The event was held at Tribeca and when I arrived with the other lucky guests, we were taken downstairs to see the various fish and seafood that were to become our lunch, and were given a lecture on the sustainability of fishing by Eduardo. Then it was back upstairs for a masterclass in the breaking down of a fish, in this case a 15.2 kilo grouper, showing how every piece is used and nothing is wasted. And then it was time to eat!

The menu was a bit like a “showdown” with both teams creating different dishes using the same main ingredient (prawns, sea anemone, squid, grouper, skate…) along with a couple of joint efforts. Each dish was paired with well-chosen wines, including two manzanilla sherries to start off with, then two white wines (Albariño & Priorat), and moving on to two reds, dry (Mallorca) and sweet (Alicante).

The food was spectacular, and my only complaint was that there was just too much of it to comfortably finish all the dishes (luckily a friend sitting next to me was happy to help out). And while I appreciated the more clever and complex dishes, my personal favourites were the ones that were the most simply prepared, either lightly steamed or chargrilled. But it was all wonderful. Of course the service was  impeccable and the overall experience was one I will always remember.

Many thanks to Fernando Huidrobo for the invitation, and to the fabulous Tribeca and Cañabota teams. Photos below…

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Checking out the fresh fish and seafood that is about to become our lunch

15.2 kilo grouper
Javier Darío gets to work, expertly breaking down the grouper
Javier and Fernando Huidrobo, president of the
Academia Andaluza de Gastronomía y Turismo

all the cuts, nothing wasted

Pablo Giménez (Tribeca), Juanlu Fernández (Cañabota) & Javier Darío (Tribeca)

Starters: pickled oyster and crab meatball with oloroso (Tribeca);
crispy larded tuna and marinated sardine on toast with tomato jam (Cañabota)
Alisado (red prawn) by Cañabota

Alisado (red prawn) in two textures (crispy fried head, tartare body) by Tribeca

Royal de ortiguilla y brécol by Tribeca. Like a sea anemone custard

Ortiguilla a la brasa by Cañabota

Chipirónes de anzuelo (line caught squid) chargrilled by Cañabota
and stuffed with its own stuff by Tribeca
Centre cut of grouper, lightly battered by Tribeca
chargrilled grouper spine by Cañabota

Chargrilled skate liver by Cañabota

Skate with black butter and summer truffle by Tribeca

Chargrilled tuna roe by Cañabota

tuna sperm cooked “kidney stew style” by Tribeca

Borriquete al horno by Tribeca & Cañabota

Sea lettuce sorbet with tart apple and tobiko by Tribeca & Cañabota

the wines

The fabulous Tribeca & Cañabota teams

[also posted on Azahar Sevilla]