Cascabel – mezcal bar

IMG_5423Ever since Punto MX opened in Madrid, I have been a great fan, finding their food to be absolutely delicious. Now, they have embarked on a new adventure, Cascabel, which is a mezcal bar, located on the 7th floor of El Corte Ingles Gourmet Experience (next to Street XO and Rocambolesc). Well decorated with some round tables and bar stool seating, loud music and dim lighting give off a cool vibe. Not to mention the waiters who seem to be having a great time. You will find margaritas, mezcales, tequilas…but I fell in love with Vato Loco which is a non-alcoholic drink made with lime, cucumber and mint. So fresh and tasty! IMG_5431The food of course maintains the Punto MX know-how with handmade tortillas and totopos (tortilla chips). You can have their signature guacamole which is a must for me. Scallop Ceviche with citric emulsion (picture below).IMG_5432There is a variety of different tacos made with fish, veal, pork… below is the Taco Arabe made with bullock entrecôte, chile habanero and cucumber tzaiziki. Spicy and wonderful! IMG_5424But the dish that I found to be mind-blowingly amazing was the charbroiled beef ribs covered in mulato ancho and cascabel chiles. Served with borracho sauce. This is a huge dish and it is meant for at least two people. Definitely one of the best ribs I have ever tried! IMG_5435

You can also eat in the terrace if you prefer alfresco dining and since you are on the seventh floor, the view of Madrid is quite nice.

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Remember that Cascabel does not take reservations so it is a great place to just pop in and have some fun.

Cascabel

Gourmet Experience – El Corte Inglés

85-87 Serrano Street 

opens every day

average price from 35 -50 euros but it depends greatly on how much you drink

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Rocambolesc – who feels like an ice-cream?

The weather in Madrid this weekend feels more like summer than spring, temperatures have gone up and everyone has ever so quickly gotten into their shorts and sandals. Blue skies and a warm sun makes you feel like going out and not staying cooped up at home. I am no very fond of ice-cream in winter but I do love a good scoop when the weather is nice. Many of you have probably heard of Jordi Roca’s Rocambolesc in Girona. I am happy to say that now you can try out his ice-creams in Madrid as well at El Corte Inglés Gourmet Experience on 52 Serrano Street, right next to Street XO and Cascabel (more on Cascabel next week).

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The corner is ever so charming conjuring up memories of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Who hasn’t dreamt of being in a candy land? There aren’t tons of different flavors and most of them are classic such a chocolate, Maria cookie, vanilla, roasted apple but what makes these ice-creams special are the toppings. I think you would really be missing out on them if you just ask for a plain scoop. You need to order the flavor with all the toppings meant for it. One of my favorites is roasted apple. Another option is to get creative and add your own but if it is your first time I strongly recommend that you let them do the work for you.

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A place to stop and cool off.

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Madrid

El Corte Inglés Gourmet Experience

52 Serrano Street

Girona

50 Carrer de Santa Clara

www.rocambolesc.com

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