Canalla Bistro by Richard Camarena- funky

 

 

Richard Camarena is one of the most sought after chef’s in Spain with a Michelin star restaurant in Valencia he has also taken his business to more informal, casual territories where he doesn’t sacrifice flavor but adds a dash of funkiness. Now he has brought his playful style to Madrid where he has opened a second Canalla Bistrot, the first one is in Valencia, in Platea right next to Colon Square and on Goya Street. Platea is a former theater turned into a gastro arena. Where the orchestra used to be you will now find two floors of a food market filled with different options for you to choose from and then once you have mixed and matched you can sit to have your meal. The stage remains as a stage where live music is performed. At the mezzanine level is where you will find Canalla Bistro and then further above at the balcony level, a cocktail bar.

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The idea behind the menu is to order dishes to share making it a great place to go with friends so that you can try more things.

I loved Avocado Cannelloni with marinated white tuna and pico de gallo.

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A great dish to share and one which will have you popping them constantly into your mouth is the Vegetable Tempura with a slightly spicy sauce.

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Duck Nigiri, it was tasty but it was hard to pick up on the duck flavor.

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Pizzajapo Okonomiyaki with Chinese cabbage, bacon, mozzarella and okonomiyaki sauce (which is basically made with ketchup, worcestershire or tonkatsu sauce, honey and soy sauce) This isn’t your typical pizza but we would it to be very tasty.

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Canalla Bistro both in Madrid and in Valencia. A fun place to check out this summer!

Platea – 5 Goya Street

Telephone Number-915 77 00 25

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The Table by La Salita

If you live in Madrid you have probably heard about The Table, which has been in Madrid now for over a year bring ever month a new chef from around Spain to Madrid. Last month we we went to La Salita, now it is too late to visit Begoña Rodrigo in Madrid but I have to say that I fell in love with her cooking and I am thinking if she cooked so well away from home, she must be fantastic in her kitchen.

La Salita is in Valencia, and now that summer is around the corner many of you may be planning a trip down to get some sun and fresh sea air and I believe that La Salita may very well be a nice place to get a good meal.

When she was in Madrid we had five mini appetizers which were served in a kind of open, two-story teepee followed by a tiara of pickled and salted  fish. This plate I found to be simply lovely.

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Smoked eggplant puree with seared sardines, again beautifully served.

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Artichokes, shrimp and anise juice

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