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  • squaremilebelen Bean Review
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  • ottolenghi Ottolenghi
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  • quantus Quantus
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Here we go again Madrid - Episode II: Why Mr Bourdain? American Tapa’s in Madrid

My second stop following Anthony Bourdain steps was La Gabinoteca, a gastropub that is particularly famous in Madrid. The idea was to open a place fun and informal. Their motto is simple “eat and live”, where you will enjoy every dish due to quality and a clever presentation. Small portions as a tapas bar will dictate but full of flavour.

 Eat & Live


The place

I contemplate the menu for a long period, it was very difficult for me to decide what to eat, everything intrigued me, at the end I decided to put the bar high and tried an American selection of dishes instead of the classic Spanish reinventions that they serve in order to get them out of their comfort zone. The stars of the night were first chicken wings, excellent, a sweet and smoky flavour almost as good as the ones I got in Naha when in Chicago. Second I went for a hot dog, or as they called it a hot dog with pedigree, again the presentation was clever, the flavour amazing, a special homemade sausage and a smoky chilli sauce in top which reminded me Ben’s Chili Bowl in DC. Then I got ham croquettes, quite good, and very traditional. Finally, I got the Monkfish Burger, again simple, it came in a cheap take away presentation, which I wasn’t expecting, flavour quite good, simple combination of a home mayo with lettuce and tomato, letting the Monkfish speaks for the dish.



Dog presentation 

Chili Dog 

Almost like the Golden Arches 

Monk Burger

Great experience, fun ambience, good service, and creative food, what else can you ask. A Little pricy for the Spanish capital but in my opinion worthy of it. Every table has a button so you can call the waiter for more food, drinks or even get the bill at any time.

The Bell 

The Bill

Bourdain again you didn’t let me down.

Hot dogs remind me the Seinfeld episode “The Chaperone” when Jerry dates Miss Rhode Island.

Jerry: Hot dog?
Miss Rhode Island: No, thanks. I'm watching my weight.
Jerry: Ah. I'm watching my height. My doctor doesn't want me to get any taller. So you're Miss, uh...
Miss Rhode Island: Rhode Island.
Jerry: I was almost Mr. Coffee. They felt I was a little too relaxed.


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