I know, I know; you want tapas. I get it! Spanish food is wonderful, and you can find it everywhere in Madrid, in all its glory. I miss it when I’m not here – when I make Spanish food while I’m in other counties, it just doesn’t taste the same. It must be something in the soil…
Having said that, when you live somewhere it’s great to try something new and foreign, which is what I did last week in what may be Madrid’s first New Orleans style restaurant. I’d seen “Po-boys” in movies and on travel/foodie TV shows and had been dying to try one. It’s a loaded sandwich on crusty French bread with either meat or seafood (I had fried shrimp) with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mayo. It came with skinny fries, and was massive, so my friend and I split it. We weren’t disappointed!
We also had an onion “mum”, short for chrysanthemum! It is a huge onion, carefully cut to look like a flower, dipped in a 10-spice mix, deep fried and served with 3 sauces. Again, we shared, but couldn’t finish it, even though it was incredible! We didn’t try any Venezuelan dishes, but there are arepas and tequeños, and more Nola dishes such as fried green tomatoes and soft-shelled crab. I’ll be back!
The waitress was very friendly, and explained everything and made recommendations, and the bar itself has a great music-themed design. They also have a terraza, so you can enjoy your food outside too.