Heard about this place from Rick Steve's Travel guide to Madrid, so we said why not.
I have to say that when we first walked in we were measured head to toe in regards to what we were wearing (mind you we didn't have a suit on, but we were dressed casually in jeans). The staff had a very snotty air about them, but I didn't care just wanted to have a great meal.
We were seated upstairs in a very rustic & cool room. Their table standards are olives & bread with butter. Olives were amazing & bread was warm & fresh. Really great.
So after looking at the menu I had picked a main & a backup entree (Bull Tail which I heard was amazing, melted in your mouth & a traditional meal & was dying to have it or the Cured Pork Tenderloin (they always have pork in Spain)) Well surprised surprised they didn't have either which was like WHAT? You don't have Pork in the restaurant that charges an avg of $34 per entree? (money was obviously not an issue - it's just the reputation & ambiance they are obviously trying to portray).
So I was stuck with just picking the Steak Loin - NOW first to save this review I have to say it was THE best steak I've ever had, fatty enough to seriously get the most flavor & it came on a sizzling ceramic plate that continued to cook your meat or keep it warm depending on where you positioned the meat. It was very interesting & my steak was done perfectly to my liking.
It was delicious. And then for desert I had a wonderful thing called "Fried Milk" - had the consistency of hard custard, vanilla & cinnamon flavor - I'm sure extremely fattening but really tasty.
So overall the food was amazing, service was very snotty & indifferent (couldn't get a smile out of the staff no matter how charming & friendly we tried to be) and just disappointed that I couldn't actually eat what I really wanted.
And the kicker...we didn't even go late to dinner when most Madridians go which is around 10pm...we went at the start around 8 so it's not like they could have ran out. But it's a popular dish so you would think they would stock up no???
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