These days when the culture of the capital is constantly drowned out by poor judgment and incompetence in public administration, we are glad to see that an institution like the Circulo de Bellas Artes can not only stop the rain, but also extends its offering and gives space for food and drink, all while being guarded by a centurion. There we can find the Tartan Roof, a kind of pop-up restaurant and, during the spring and summer, street style cuisine that can help you defeat that post art show hunger.
The chef Javier Muñoz Calero was inspired by the kitchens of the world to deliver a menu with some pretty usual and unusual stuff. For example, his version of Filipino pangsit (an eggplant dish), bento boxes, or Iberian pork tacos certainly get our approval. Stuffed peppers from Guernica are filled with Torta de Casar cheese, coated in Japanese panko breadcrumbs, and fried nice and thick. If it isn’t clear that this is a flavor fest yet, then try the peppers made with stilton bread, mozzarella, gorgonzola, escamorza with dried figs, red onion and walnuts. And the final touch is the Nikkei cuisine, dorado with cockles and chile water which come seemingly from heaven after hours analyzing Sylvia Plachy photos. How the Tartan Roof concept differs from that of street food is the final price. But taking into account the views, atmosphere and the historical value of the location and the zest of the food, it is obviously well worth it.
Azotea del Circulo de Bellas Artes,
c/Alcalá 42 / c/Marques de Casa Riera 2, Madrid
672 557 171
10:00 – 02:00
Photos: Angela Martin Retortillo
Translation: Brett Piron