Lunch at Moratin Vinoteca

Moratin Vinoteca

Moratin Vinoteca

After an intoxicating time at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, I went to Moratin Vinoteca for a late lunch.* It was probably my favourite meal in Madrid, thanks in no small part to having a wonderfully knowledgeable and helpful server who guided me through the menu and alerted me to options I would otherwise have missed.

vinoteca-potatoes

The opening freebie—I’m sure there’s a Spanish word for it, but I don’t know what it is—was spiced, roasted potatoes.

Tomato soup

Tomato soup

Then came a perfect tomato soup.

Alcachofas con sal de cecina

Alcachofas con sal de cecina

After that, Alcachofas con sal de cecina. Artichokes with cecina salt.

Pulpo de Santoña con aceite de pimentón y cilantro sobre parmentier de patata

Pulpo de Santoña con aceite de pimentón y cilantro sobre parmentier de patata

And finally, the main: Pulpo de Santoña con aceite de pimentón y cilantro sobre parmentier de patata, or, as we’d call it in the States, Octopus in olive oil with paprika and coriander on potato parmentier.


*Spain dines later than most of Europe, and much later than the US. Restaurants in Madrid generally begin midday service at about the same time that American restaurants end it: between 1PM and 2PM. Moratin Vinoteca, for instance, is open from 1:30 PM to 6 PM, and then from 7 PM until midnight.

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