2 of us flew into Madrid this past Friday. As soon as we settled into our hotel we made it to the local Museo Del Jamon to have a racion of Bellota, the great Patra Negra acorn fed ham.This turned out to be the best jamon yet. Later had lunch at the market bar in the mkt on c/Lagasca. Really good Fabada, ok lenguado/sole and a lot of Patacharan to finish it all off.
That night we made the rounds of some bars in barrio Retiro. The best was Monteria, where we had some wild boar and missed out on the wild venison chorizo. Saturday we did out trad lunch @ Asador Fronton for some great Chuleton (ox chops, sliced thick and served almost purple). Great as usual and the peppers were a really tasty side dish. We had the Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 94 for about 33 Euros but I think the Pesquera Reserva @ 27 would have been a better deal.
Saturday night we had dinner @ O Pazo in Retiro. Usually I have pulpo at the bar and haven't been overly joyous but tonight in the dining room I had a great Merluza a la plancha and my pal had a monkfish w/clams. The wine was a Marin Codax which goes great w/the Gallego food as it should.
Sunday dinner was @ Bur buja Que Rie for a big warming delicious bowl of fabada & some cider. A good Sunday night meal.Inexpensive, loud, simple and you can't get Fabes like this at home.
I'm now in San Sebastian and this is sheer food porno heaven. Have not had a bad meal or Pinxos/tapas. I will post more details later about this. But...anywhere you look in the old 1/4 you're bound to run into a place that is really really good w/out being stuffy, pretenious or mega bucks. So far we've had great merluza neck, cod, fois gras tapas and amazing combos of tapas. Tonight we meet an old college chum who lives here and works as a food/tour guide so, who knows?