Taberna Laredo – a classic

2014-03-15 13.36.07 When I first moved into the apartment where I currently live (soon lived) there was a tiny tavern right next to the front entrance which was always jammed. I used to go down from time to time with a friend to have some croquetas or calamari. It was called Mitulo which later moved to Menorca Street, changing their name to Laredo along the way. Popularity grew even more and the brothers decided that it was time to embark on yet another adventure, moving again within the neighborhood to 30 Menorca Street, to a much bigger place decorated by the renown architect, Joaquín Torres. Very well decorated with black walls and dark colored floor which give off an elegant vibe. The counter area in the center is built up with wooden planks and wine boxes hanging from the ceiling encase the top. There are some stairs towards the back which lead up to the dining area (reservations are necessary because they are always booked). I do have to mention that I was quite surprised that such a renown architect did not take into account the sound insulation, which is not taken care. This becomes noticeable when the tavern is full, which is almost always. But don’t let that put you off. The tavern offers two win-win situations. good wine list – good price, good food – good price. Can you ask for more? They make one of the best salmorejos in Madrid, heavenly creamy and delicious. 2014-03-15 14.57.15 I have a friend who absolutely loves their rabbit chops with fries and grilled peppers. 2014-03-15 15.31.18 Another must is the crayfish tempura. 2014-03-27 20.44.58 Smoked sardine on thin toasted bread with burrata cheese and tomato 2014-03-15 14.57.29 My husband is a fan of their ensaladilla rusa 2014-03-15 15.06.19 This is a must-go-to tavern in Madrid. Good for an aperitif, informal tapas or a sit-down lunch or dinner. Taberna Laredo 30 Doctor Castelo Street, Madrid Telephone – 91 573 30 61  Starting price per person is more or less 25 euros (it all depends on the wine and on how hungry you are) http://www.tabernalaredo.com

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