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.
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.
Then came a perfect tomato soup.
After that, Alcachofas con sal de cecina. Artichokes with cecina salt.
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.