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“Creative take on tradition!”
Review of La Berenjena

La Berenjena
Ranked #65 of 11,709 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Lavapies
Reviewed October 16, 2013

First off, this little side street, Marques de Toca, is almost all the way down Calle de Atocha, so don't give up! Second, they aren't open all that much (lunch on the weekends, evenings only weekdays, and closed Monday), which is a good thing, because when they ARE, Marta is absolutely swamped with showing EVERYONE personal, super friendly, helpful attention. The chef is amazing (and fast!). I had that stunning caprese, and the langostines in tall puff-pastry "caps" (wound around them, each probably 10 inches long -- hard to describe, but amazing presentation -- in a tall glass -- and taste). Together it was a fantastic meal. The mozzarella in the caprese is called stracciatella, but is burrata -- the first time I've gotten to have that sensational experience. The heirloom tomatoes are chopped into chunks and are so dark-skinned they look like plums. The ball of cheese is in the middle, topped by fresh basil threads and a blob of pesto as well (or was that a truffled something or other?). The presentation was in a large bowl/plate with wide rim. What looked like black sesame seeds scattered around the rim was actually black salt. Very cool. Those tomatoes of course were just to die for -- after eating tons of jamon, and shrimp, and boquerones and Spanish tortilla.... fresh tomatoes were everything I was craving. They had a blackboard list of maybe 15 creative dishes, no "typical" tapas -- well, they did offer "fish and chips" (not a typical tapa anyway!), but I was assured it was not the normal dish. Had two glasses of a new red wine for me -- 100% Mencia grapes. Another winner.

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Reviewed September 27, 2013

This is a small place on a tiny side street off the calle de Atocha. You see two pictures of their caprese salad, because it is the best you can find anywhere, with high quality creamy mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes and truffles. Other things we tried were excellent as well, because they use high quality ingredients.

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Small but charming restaurant with culinary treats with a good price. Personalized service, select and friendly. Marques de Toca´s street in Madrid central.

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Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Great ambience, great food and quite a good perve too. Every time I go I have a lot of fun and love the food. Totally would recommend it to anyone!

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