I really, really like Taberna del Alabardero.
The restaurant is High Spanish. The original Taberna del Alabardero, which is near the Royal Palace in Madrid, opened in 1974, and continues to thrive. This American outpost has been around for 31 years, which in restaurant years is the equivalent of somewhere between two and three centuries.
The food here combines traditional Spanish cooking with some modern twists. Taberna does not fear innovation.
My server started the meal by pouring a rich lobster cream into a shallow soup bowl that held five little islands made of mussels, croutons, and microgreens. So good!
The main was a very generous serving of Whiskey Pork Tenderloin with tiny roasted potatoes and garlic cloves. Excellent as well.
Pumpkin is the new kale—it seems to be everywhere this season. Dessert was a pumpkin-flavored cake with cream cheese and a serving of pumpkin spice ice cream.
I’ve dined here half a dozen times, and I’m eager for more. The food is always both delicious and surprising, while the service is consistently top-notch.