Madrid is a beautiful and beautiful cosmopolitan city that can combine modernity with traditional Spanish cultural heritage. Not only that, but Madrid is also very open to something new, especially with the inclusion of special dishes that come from all parts of the world.
During my three years living in Madrid, I had the opportunity to explore various sides of the city and simultaneously enjoy a variety of Spanish specialties provided in it. If this article only shows 3 restaurants that must be visited, there are many more restaurants that are worth a visit, both typical Spanish dishes and those from other countries.
Sobrino de Botin – The Oldest Restaurant in the World
Not far from San Guinness, if you are hungry and want to have lunch, we can find the oldest restaurant in the world according to Guinness World Records. This restaurant was founded by a French couple, Jean Botin and his wife, in 1725.
Each floor is still thick with traditional nuances, and some are half decorated with carved brown wood, some are decorated with typical blue and white ceramic Spanish style. The coolest thing is the basement whose walls are only decorated with bricks and curved in united with the roof.
Not only the decoration, how to cook it is still like the first time opened, only by using a firewood oven which is also decorated with Spanish-style ceramics. The results of the grill are the main menu of this food house, namely Cordero Asado (young roast lamb) and cochinillo Asado (young roast pork).
Served still warm, with a reddish-brown color, just being seen can accelerate the production of saliva in the mouth. Then using the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right hand, each slice feels soft and easy to traverse. It is recommended to reach the mouth by closing the eyes so that the sensation of every bite of meat can be felt. Plus mixed with the sauce you choose, after swallowing please say, Que sabroso!
Tablao Flamenco – La Quimera
While relaxing enjoying the afternoon at 100 Montaditos, it would be nice for you to make a reservation if you want to see the Flamenco dance in one of Tablao in Madrid. For those who don’t know, Tablao is a restaurant or a café that is also dedicated to performing the Flamenco dance.
There are many famous Tablao in Madrid, such as Corral de la Moreira, Cardomomo, Casa Patas, Las Tablas, Torres Bermejas, Villa Rosa, Carboneras and others. However, I prefer La Quimera, not only because it is the most economical, 30 euros per person, also because it is the closest to where I live in Madrid.
Usually, in one day there will be two performances, each lasting between 60-90 minutes. It all starts with a Flamenco song, and at the same time, food and drinks begin to be served. If you don’t ask for a specific menu, tapas will usually be served as an appetizer, then Paella as the main menu, and accompanied by a pitcher of Sangria.
When everything is ready, the four senses that we have, vision, hearing, taste, and smell will be spoiled together.
If this one is the most different restaurant from the others in Madrid, because here it is not traditional Spanish cuisine that is served, but the archipelago cuisine (hihihi). Yes, this is the only Indonesian restaurant in Madrid, so if you miss Indonesian food, look for Sabor Nusantara.
Unfortunately, I have never tasted Indonesian specialties cooked by Sabor Nusantara. Right after I finished my assignment, three months later, on April 1, 2018, this restaurant opened. The owner is also an Indonesian citizen who is very active in promoting Indonesian culture in Spain, salute!
Because I have not had time to taste the food, the only way to find out the taste of the food is to ask the opinion of Surya, my friend who is in Madrid.
“The taste of the food is delicious and very Indonesian, so it is suitable for those who want to release miss the Indonesian cuisine,” Surya said.
That’s about, so if you go to Madrid and plan to Sabor Nusantara, please send greetings to Mr. Agus, Mrs. Ami, Mr. Yoga, Mr. Tomi, and Ms. Nia. Oh yes, the address is on Calle de Viriato, 39, Madrid.