For most tourists passing through Madrid it is easy to cite seven architectural wonders of Spain: the Guggenheim Museum, the Aqueduct of Segovia, the Alhambra … but, what do you think if we make a trip in which we eat all of them? A suggestion to learn about the various colours of Spanish cuisine without leaving its capital. Let’s discover these seven wonders that Wabihost has prepared with a lot of Spanish flavour:
Cochinillo de Segovia (Roasted suckling pig), rising to the height of its aqueduct
The Segovian piglet, Castilian dish par excellence, does not leave anyone indifferent. A tender bite slowly roasted in a firewood oven that melts as soon as you put it in your mouth. This is what you’ll find if you dare to pierce its impressive presentation (a whole pig in a clay pot). It’s traditionally cut using a plate (the technique creates arches as perfect as those of its aqueduct). So, if you do not want to miss this divine delicacy while in Madrid, you can find it, for example, in Mesón El Segoviano (Avenida de la Ciudad de Barcelona, 108, Madrid).
Tarta de Santiago, a cathedral made of almonds, eggs and sugar
The cross of Santiago normally crowns this typical Galician sweet, a cake also suitable for coeliacs. This is because it is raised without flour or any other compound other than eggs, sugar and almonds. With the same solemnity a visitor would wear when going through the Portico de la Gloria, we want you to take the cake of Santiago so that you can enjoy the glory of simplicity. We recommend the delicious masterpiece created at the Horno San Onofre in Calle Mayor, 73, Madrid.
Salmorejo and its Mosque, a perfect couple
Cordoba presents a memorable image, the arches of his Mosque, red bricks and white stone. Coincidence or not, both colours are present in the elaboration of its star dish: the salmorejo, made with bread and tomato. A cold cream enhanced with olive oil, garlic and salt that captivates with its perfect combination. Take Córdoba to your lips in La Croquetta in Calle de la Fuente del Berro, 33, Madrid.
Guggenheim Pil Pil style
Basque culture has a different weight, impenetrable at times, but so truly different that it captures everyone who contemplates it. With a marine touch, a deeply rooted fishing tradition is imprinted on the Guggenheim museum (which simulates a large fish). With those same touches we find the cod pil pil style (Bacalao al Pil Pil) prepared at Dantxari restaurant (C / Ventura Rodríguez, 8 Madrid). You cannot let this flavour pass you by if you want to understand what Bilbao tastes like.
The harmony of Paella and The City of Arts and Sciences.
Speaking of paella means to speak of Spain’s gastronomic presentation card. Symbol of the Mediterranean Sea, the sun, the breeze, the family company, the Sunday rest. The paella evokes a hundred different images, the most laureate, of course, the Valencian. For its harmony between proportions (water and rice), the always necessary rest that it entails (a nap after work at low fire) and the use of the Albufeira rice, the paella competes with the City of Arts and Sciences to be the most representative image of the city. Both are capable of hosting any accompaniment: the city with science or literary shows; the paella, with meat, seafood or just vegetables. For this reason, we recommend you to immerse yourself into this infinite universe of the Levante in the restaurant Socarrat (C / Ventura Rodríguez, 8, Madrid) so you can discover which is your favourite paella.
Land of Calçots and Park Güell
Catalonia means Gaudí on its four sides, dreaming of a modernist trip that never left aside the value of nature, sea, vegetation and the land that saw him be born. His wildest work is Park Güell, surrounded by lushness and mountains. At the same time, the calçots, young onion stems, which come from the insides of Catalonia, perfectly summarise the Catalan spirit of love for customs, farmhouses and terra. If you do not want to miss all this without leaving Madrid, we recommend the cuisine of Lakasa (Pza. Discoverer Diego de Ordás, 1), where you will discover some very tender calçots, served already peeled, but with the intense flavour of flame.
Squid sandwich in Plaza Mayor (Bocata de calamares)
There will be many traditional customs in Madrid such as vermouth, roasted chestnuts or its classic stew (cocido madrileño). However, very few are so well placed as the calamari sandwich, top sales at the Plaza Mayor in Madrid. It is impossible not to smell it, and for any tourist, do not salivate when the tapas time arrives. A quick meal, accompanied by a caña (small beer), makes you feel like you’re cuddled in the very heart from Madrid. The Plaza Mayor is a symbol of social meeting, exchange of opinions and of friendly greetings among the different ones. So you can’t miss this fraternal spirit with its best side dish: the calamari sandwich. Stop by the La Campana (Calle de Botoneras 6) and experience it yourself.
If after all this, you are left wanting more of Spain, more authentic flavours, more traditional culture at the table, Wabihost can serve you the second part of this post.
Written by Rocío Peña
Translated by Matías Ferrer