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O'Pazo - A Madrid Must!

fress | Apr 22, 201405:38 AM

My daughter and I recently had a wonderful dinner at O Pazo in Madrid, which featured seafood as delicious as any I've ever had at Le Bernardin in NYC. We were greeted with rolls and a small plate of smoked salmon in lieu of butter. I spied one of my favorite rosé champagnes on the wine list at a very reasonable price so decided to splurge/economize on the Laurent Perrier at €68. That went down real easy…We started by sharing a half portion of jamon iberico, which was not quite so luscious as that in the sandwich I had the day before at Mercado San Anton, and a plate of anchovies de Santoña, which were superb, particularly on the pan con tomates (like a tomato pizza) which the waiter recommended as an accompaniment. Next was the biggest indulgence of the meal - two grilled caribeneros de Huelva, like the sweetest, juiciest langostines - even the roe was delectable; the pair weighed in at 345 grams and cost a steep €38 - cheap at twice the price. My daughter had sole (lenguado) as her main and I wild turbot (rodoballo salvaje) - wow! Why can't there be a fish restaurant this good in NYC? The only garnish was the very simple - and modestly priced at €2.50 - green salad with onions. We finished by sharing fillas rellenas de crema (the best crepes ever, stuffed with a decadent pastry cream) accompanied by a glass of solera that miraculously transformed into three through the wizardry of our waiter. The service was wonderful throughout the meal; the proprietor helped me to order and directed the very efficient, slightly shy, but friendly young English-speaking waiter our way. The room is elegant and restrained, and the noise level so civilized that I could even hear my daughter across the table. We both loved O'Pazo.

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