Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Restaurant Recomendation: LA PARRA

Restaurant Recommendation: LA PARRA

MUF re-discovered a traditional Madrid restaurant, once nice but now excellent!
We started with an excellent Mojito made with a secret recipe… excellent. We then tried a red wine from Extremadura: MIRABEL, a first for MUF and then a well known Viña Sol, a white from the Catalonian area of the Penedés.

Four for dinner, the menu was extensive, each plate better than the other:
The starters, Croquetas de Jamón (Ham croquettes with a special sauce) (12€); Patatas mini (baby potatoes with bone marrow and a béchamel sauce) (16€) and TARAMALAMAR with Tar am, algae and calamari (13€) and of course a plate of delicious Bellota Jam (24€) Excellent!

The second course consisted of SOCARRAT DE ARROZ (a vegetable paella with lobster and a light aioli sauce (23€), PEZ MANTEQUILLA, butter fish in a teriyaki sauce (26€) and the other guests enjoyed a beautifully cooked Sea Bass (24,50€).
The Parra has kept its madrileño clientele during its 28 years of existence and is a favourite with madrileño society. The owners, Ginés and Tessa Sanchez Rubio, and now their daughter, Tessa, are very involved with their guests making La Parra a nice place for a great meal as well as see friends.

The Maitre d', Luis Moratilla has been around forever and the young chef, Carlos Martín Gorriz has brought novelty to the menu,  which makes a great evening.

Where:  Just off the Serrano area, in a little street- Monte Esquinza, 34 (91-3195498). Metro: Alonso Martínez (L4, L5, L10). They speak English.

Open for lunch as well as dinner, you can email and reserve:

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