Taste Migas’ Culinary Highlights Over the Past 6 Years
It’s hard to believe that Migas has been around for 6 years in Beijing given what a great job they do continually reinvigorating and refreshing the food, bar and rooftop. It’s true what they say – time really does fly when you’re having this much fun (at Migas!). That being said, never look a gift horse in the mouth, it’s party time!
In line with the “Migas style” of doing things, they are throwing a weekend long celebration for their 6th anniversary and are offering up 2 big parties on their rooftop, 2 food events including a Pintxo-Pote deal and a special 6-course menu for the 6 year birthday starting this Thursday, August 25 through Saturday, August 27th.
“One more anniversary! Being in the Beijing scene for six years is a big milestone, and we could not be more grateful. To every single person who has had a fun night on the rooftop with a drink in hand, or a memorable meal in the restaurant with tasty bites… Thank you! You keep us inspired and motivated. It’s been six wonderful years and we have no intention of slowing down! See you at the anniversary celebrations!” – Team Migas
While I’ll get around to explaining more about the rooftop parties and other fun shenanigans they have planned, I’d like to first bring well-deserved focus to their anniversary set dinner menu as this is a one-off chance to re-live to highlights of Migas’ creative culinary creations over the past six years…through your taste buds. If you like to call yourself a foodie, then this is a menu not to be missed!
“A set combining the most classic dishes and products of Migas – six courses reflecting six years, by our executive chef Aitor Olabegoya and new head Chef Miguel Casal.”
LDS Snapshots of Migas’ Anniversary Menu:
“Ensalada del norte” Yellowtail and Tomato Salad
The first course to set the mood is both fresh and zingy. A great starter that’s beautifully presented with the vibrant array of colors, the purple flowers and greens are a nice complement to the bright red tomatoes. The yellowtail was tender and fatty, and the olive oil/soy sauce combo was both savoury and sharp. If anything, we though that the soy sauce could have been more sparse to not overwhelm the natural flavors of the dish’s prime ingredients.
Grilled Octopus with “Lacón” Cured Ham, Potatoes & Kale
I still remember this dish from a previous meal at Migas that must have been a few years ago, which goes to show what a stand-out dish this is. Clearly back by popular demand, this grilled octopus is a real highlight. Tender and smokey, the Josper oven really comes into it’s own in this dish and the accompanying “Lacón” cured ham, paprika potatoes and fresh kale pair beautifully.
Rougiè Foie Gras and Potato “Bomba”
I kind of hate it when people say “amaze-balls”, but I think everyone will have to agree that if there was ever an appropriate use of that annoying hyperbole, this would be it. Migas’ Foie Gras and Potato “Bomba” is AMAZE-BALLS. There, I said it and I mean it. This ball is just an explosion of awesomeness and deserves to be celebrated!
And I’m not even all that phased by foie. If anything, I think Fois Gras is a little bit of a crutch in the fine dining world. Every restaurant has a dish, and I find them to be (on the whole) a little bit too rich. This bomba though is the exception where everything just works. The potato is smooth and takes the edge off the rich foie, the crispy exterior balances out the gooey, creamy foie lava that oozes out when you crack it open…don’t judge this dish by its size because it will win over your taste buds and leave a lasting impression. I have no doubt that after another 6 years, this bomba will continue to make a comeback.
Black Sausage and Mushroom Paella
If you had any doubts about leaving fully satisfied, the paella should convince you. The thin layer is spread over a large surface area and not only is there a lot of rice, the black sausage and mushrooms are very rich. We never like to leave a plate unfinished, but knowing that there were still two more courses, we put our forks down with about a quarter left. Rest assured, we asked our server to pack up the last remaining bites because we couldn’t bare it if food this good went to waste!
Grilled Iberico pork with pepper puree, aliolli, tomato bread and ham slices
A beautiful range of textures and flavors by superb ingredients, we were totally perplexed by this dish. The green purée turned out not to be guacamole, we actually thought the Iberico pork was steak because it was so tender and we had no idea what the orange sponges were. We were amazed to find out it was pork and we are still a bit confused by the tomato bread, but I guess it doesn’t matter if anything was whatever we guessed it would be because it all worked. Yet again, the Josper oven showing that it can add new dimensions to food.
Sweet moments with griottines and chocolate
A delicious finale! The acidity of the cherry cuts through the heavy chocolate and the whole dish looks magnificent as it comes out huffing and puffing liquid nitrogen. If that wasn’t enough to leave us rolling out the restaurants a stuffed humpty dumpties, they surprised us with a couple more sweet, delightful bites – an orange chocolate tart and a soft, dense brownie square.
So, make haste! This glorious menu is a generous token of Migas’ gratitude for all you foodies who continue to keep Migas at the top of their food game so make a toast and join them by eating 6 spectacular courses! Only RMB 226 per person, this special menu is available for 3 days only from Thursday, August 25th to Saturday, August 27th for dinner reservations only (18:00-22:30).
For the same three evenings but at their indoor bar (not main restaurant), Migas’ other foodie anniversary deal is their “Pintxo-Pote Special” where they’ll be showcasing 6 of each so that you can mix and match each Pintxo with a Pote for a total of RMB 36!
“Going back to our roots and what we do best! Pintxos, which originate from the Basque country in Spain, are an integral part of the Migas menu and identity. Nowadays, in the Basque country it is very popular the “pintxo-pote”, combining the traditional pintxo with a “pote” (a pote is the word used in San Sebastian to refer to a drink, it might be beer, a glass of wine or whatever the customer wants) at an affordable price served on specific days of the week.”
After a big weekend of stuffing your face in the name of celebrating Migas’ culinary achievements over the past 6 years, you can follow up all the eating with some serious foot action the following weekend. Friday, September 2nd will be a big one with big-time DJ Nu-Mark, hailing from LA and one of the founding members of Jurassic 5 followed by a Migas “Residents and Friends” line-up on Saturday, September 3rd featuring all their “all-star DJ’s” like DJ Nassdak, M. Ross, Boflex, Yauman, Juhstynn, Ludo V., Watermelon, Demone, etc!
“Over two special nights at the beginning of September come out and celebrate this anniversary with the Migas family. On Friday, DJ Nu-Mark, of the legendary Hip-Hop group Jurassic 5, will be taking things to the next level, and, on Saturday, the resident DJs of Migas and a host of friends will keep the dance floor moving till dawn.”
Migas’ 6th Anniversary Details:
Thursday, August 25-Saturday, August 27: Anniversary Set Dinner Menu in Migas Restaurant from 18:00-22:30 (RMB 226 per person)
Thursday, August 25-Saturday, August 27: Pintxo-Pote Deal at The Indoors Bar at Migas from 18:00-22:30 (1 x Pintxo + 1 x Pote = RMB 36)
Friday, September 2nd: DJ Nu-Mark (RMB 100 door, RMB 80 pre-sale)
Saturday, September 3rd: Migas’ Residents & Friends (RMB 60 door)
Migas’ Address: Sanlitun North. Nali Patio 6 Floor. Beijing. 三里屯北街81号那里花园6层.
Tel: +86 010 5208 6061