Saint Augustine, FL 32084 The Cafe Alcazar is housed in the Lightner Museum, The museum occupies three floors of the former Hotel Alcazar, commissioned by Henry M. Flagler to appeal to wealthy tourists who traveled south for the winter on his railroad, the Florida East Coast Railway. The dining area is now located in what was the worlds largest indoor swimming pool. I have added the before and after pictures. I like it both ways.
Tonight I was here for a Pop Up dinner event presented by friends who run St. Augustine Foodie Adventures. Normally not open for dinner tonight’s event was truly Downton-esque from the venue to the Downton Abby sound track playing in the background.
We started off the evening with Cappiolo Caprese, Italian herb infused buffalo mozzarella, basil and roma tomatoes with a pesto glaze drizzled with Frixa Olive Oil and balsamic glaze . You can purchase the Frixa Olive Oil on site, organic and harvested and pressed in the Chryssaidis family’s grove in Greece.
This was a nicely put together dish, what I appreciated most, the large leaves of basil wedged between the tomato and cheese. The imported olive oil a pleasant mild, slightly peppery, oil light green in color added sweetness to balance the balsamic.
Next course; Curried Broccoli Soup a big fan of broccoli and curry this was perfect for me. Blended smooth the texture was pleasant, the sprinkling of toasted almonds on top added the needed saltiness. Some people at the table were not too fond of this dish, I did not agree.
We moved on to course three Sesame Shrimp Skewers, a pleasant salad like dish, with perfectly prepared shrimp, black and brown sesame seeds sprinkles and a soy dipping sauce plus healthy slices of cucumber and roma tomatoes
Net up Artichokes Giovanni combined creamy sherry, Romano cheese and imported artichoke hearts with a light white wine, garlic and butter dressed linguine. This dish is on the regular lunch menu and was my absolute favorite, dish of the night. Well it’s pasta. Pasta cooked al dente, and tossed well with the wine and butter dressing.
Dish number five arrived, looking very delectable, Flank Steak with a Mushroom Gorgonzola Demi Glaze. I was looking forward to this plate and was rewarded, tender meat, well flavored glaze noticeable chunks of mushrooms with a healthy amount of Gorgonzola cheese. I could have eaten more of this.
For the final dish of the night a lovely dessert Crepe, orange infused ricotta and blueberries plus a large dollop of house made whipped cream. I did everything but lick the place on this one.
This was a magical night in magical surroundings. You can experience your own magic and I encourage you to do so. Many of the items we dined on are available on the regular lunch menu. Get the crew together, drive to the oldest city in America do the tourist thing and take lunch at the Cafe Alcazar.
If you are reading this and are a St Augustine local or a Jacksonville resident, check out the link above, for upcoming events. I often drive down with friends to experience something new and exciting.
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