At the helm of Le Cirque since start of 2012 is chef Olivier Reginensi but the touch of Sirio Maccioni and family is still everywhere (pictures of prominent Le Cirque dinners with Sirio, including the king and queen of Spain, were displayed on way to dining room).
To bring an extra touch of authenticity to the evening, Le Cirque flies in complete set of their distinctive dinner plates for the occasion:
We then moved on to the second course and had the porcini mushroom risotto and the potato ravioli
For entrees we had the filet and the the paupiette of black bass, which has been one of the longstanding dishes at Le Cirque.
While there were wine pairings with each of the courses, since I am not that big of a white wine fan I pretty much went with the Stags Leap cabernet throughout (although fellow madridista and Spaniard Miguel Diaz, F&B Director for the club, did convince me to try the Napa chardonnay, which I have to admit actually went nice with the amuse bouche and the tuna).
And finally time for dessert!
As much as I love a good creme brulee, the winner here was the Napoleon, flaky, creamy, very nice...
To close out the night we had some truffles and macaroons (ate too fast so no picture...) and received a farewell gift of Sirio's book, The Story of My Life and Le Cirque http://lecirque.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=4
Overall, a wonderful experience, wish other restaurants of the stature/history of Le Cirque would follow this model for other pop-up events...