La Cabra en el Tejado (the Goat on the Roof) is ostensibly a Rastro bar – immensely popular on Sundays, when the street market-goers extend their bar crawls late into the afternoon, long after all the stalls have been dismantled and the streets have been swept until they remember that it’s a school night and the weekend is over. And I love La Cabra on a Sunday – there’s a special vibe.
But the Cabra is much more than Sundays. The owner has a unique and personal take on what food and drink is on offer; as the parent of a celiac child, the many gluten-free options are not there just to be on-trend. Cross contamination is taken seriously – this means celiacs can be assured that what they’re eating or drinking won’t make them sick.
Non-celiacs won’t even notice they are eating gluten-free though! The top dishes for me are the pancakes with sweet and savoury fillings (all gluten-free) and the Middle Eastern inspired offerings, especially the falafel. There are gluten-free beers available and the kitchen is open all day, serving cakes, tostas (toast with a variety of toppings) quiches, and much more.
During the week there is a fixed-price lunch menu (menu del día) which always has gluten-free and vegetarian options, a really good deal at just €11.50 including 2 dishes and a drink. One more thing worth mentioning is the art exhibitions which keep the walls fresh and interesting.
See you there!