Madrid, lunch at “El Escondite” on an incredibly hot Sunday.
Slowly recovering from exam period; it takes me as long as a week to go back to looking normal, I took my brother and my besty Carmen to lunch (or rather they took me).
I was dying to sit on a terrace and finally enjoy the sun… Madrid in July means standing in the shade at a temperature of 35 degrees. So we needed a terrace which was close and somewhat refreshing. Carmen recommended the Escondite; promising delicious tapas and refreshing sprinklers from the ceiling. I was instantly sold!
El Escondite is a very popular chain of tapas restaurants. In addition to a huge variety of tapas they also offer salads and what in Spain we call “raciones” which is nothing less than portions of food usually to share with others. They have a long list of cocktails and do Happy Hour from 5 to 8 pm.
That is one of the great things I love about Tapas, you get to have a drink and a light meal (or less light if you are hungry) with some of your favourite ingredients and hopefully with some of your favourite people.
On Sunday Gonzalo and I shared a ración of ham and béchamel croquettes and a salad made with crispy bacon, caramelized onion and grilled goat’s cheese on a layer of fresh spinach,
Carmen had a pintxo (a sort of Italian bruschetta) composed of grilled entrecote served with foie gras on bread and some carpaccio with rucola and Parmigiano,
mini cheese burgers and a pintxo of goat’s cheese and caramelized onion…
For dessert Gonzalo had an ice cream and Carmen had a strawberry cocktail
And I (as you see too white to appear in a picture next to Carmen) had a piña colada.
Let the fun times begin!