Although the music was a large part of the cultural activities last week, the gastronomy has become the protagonist of this weekend’s activities with new flavors that will make you want to stay in the capital. Take note.
A pop-up with Mexican flavors
During the span of three weeks, the restaurant Punto MX, with chef Roberto Ruiz, arrived at hotel ME Madrid Reina Victoria’s terrace as a pop up. From July 16th to August 4th, the concept, of which was first named Radio Cascabel, has both gastronomic options and cocktails. Great options include tacos -de ternera (veal) con salsa de miltomate or cochinita pibil-, the Tostadas de salpicón de Res (beef) (with veal marinated in citrus and cilantro, habanero sauce and mango) and the Dobladitas de Langostinos (prawns) endiablados, wrapped in wheat tortillas, Prawns with chipotle and melted cheese. Out of the cocktails, the almost magical options are the Micheladas and the classic Margarita which are perfect for refreshing and combining to enjoy the perfect summer experience.
Salón Cascabel https://saloncascabel.com/
The Hawaiian plate arrived in the capital just a few years ago as a fast and alternative form to combine healthy ingredients into one plate. Because of its success, many others took advantage of the high demand and the birth of other restaurants had sprung. Pokelolo is a new local restaurant that has arrived at the Salamanca neighborhood; this is a space that elaborates poke bowls and follows the recipes of Byron Hogan, the chef of the EEUU Embassy in Spain. The menu, that is separated into two sections, is full of different Poke options such as the Atún Madness, made with red tuna, shoyu ponzu sauce, avocado, hijiki algae, tobiko, cucumber, and pickled jalapeños; there is also the Salmón Boom, with creamy siracha and shichimi, edamame, avocado, pickled red cabbage, berro, fried onion, and radish-. There is also the traditional Hawaiin poke that contains more simple recipes, distinct types of fish and no rice. All the different types of Poke are served in deep cylindrical glass containers and unlike some other poke places, Pokelolo mixes all the traditional ingredients together to be able to eat it all while avoiding being left with only rice at the bottom of your plate
The taste of the summer
The home of the most coveted Spanish tortilla in the capital incorporates a new gastronomic offering to catch the attention of both tourists and locals that decide to spend their summer in Madrid. From gazpacho, boquerones rebozados (breaded anchovies with asadillo or tuna marmitako, to even grilled chorizo or beef sirloin with pepper sauce are a few of the options that the creators Santiago Pedraza and Carmen Carros offer. These plates, that are currently on the summer menu are complimented well with the famous croquetas jamón (ham), or chicken and egg, the cod buñuelos and the Russian “Carmen” salad.
Taberna Pedraza http://www.tabernapedraza.com/
The Healthy life
Created as a space for one to learn how to nourish themselves, Roots Lamarca is the perfect place to find active and nutritious food. This is a restaurant with a market area that is made for whoever wants to enjoy organic and healthy cuisine at any time of the day. This gastronomic experience is based on recipes that are elaborated with unprocessed and ecologically friendly food, made with seasonal ingredients from local agricultures like the Dehesa del Milagro farm. Highlights of their plates include the power toast, made with ecological bread made from dough with wholemeal spelled flour, the ‘Just beet it’ with beet hummus, guacamole, micromezclum, black sesame seeds and pumpkin; the cold natural juices and smoothies; and the superfood bowls. The restaurant’s trademark is a plate full of colors and flavors thanks to the mix of proteins, vegetables, and grains. Here they offer various possibilities; you can choose one of the five already made options like the ‘Bowl Caribe’, with Tataki marinated tuna, red rice with coconut, cabbage salad (with cashew nuts and black sesame), avocado, coco chips) or make your own by combining a base, two veggies, a protein, a sauce and a topping. Along with the food, Roots offers many vegan desserts and 100% raw for those who want to take care of themselves without giving up a sweet snack; Essential options are the cakes and the raw bliss balls.
Roots Lamarca https://www.rootslamarca.com/
Text: Ana María Clemente