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Dinner Report: Taberna Gastromaquia, 22 April 2014

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Lynn and I were TRULY blown away by the meal we here . . . in what can only be described as a little (tiny!) 24-seat hole-in-the-wall place no one would ever give a second glance to . . . We had an extraordinary Salmorejo con huevo y jamon (think gazpacho's thicker, richer cousin); one of the best renditions of tuna tartare I have EVER had; a "cylinder" of foie gras, completely encrusted in tiny crumbs made of corn nuts (sounds weird, I know, but it was fantastic!); pulpo (octopus) con espuma de patata that was simply stunning; delicious pintxos of cumin-scented pork; and a mojito sorbet that was sublime . . . OMG!

We can't wait to go back and order the dishes that we missed on our first visit.

(Of course, later, we learned that Hugo trained at El Bulli, then with José Andres for years in both the States and here in Madrid, and speaks English, French, Italian, Spanish, and Catalan . . . and who knows what else!).

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  1. Would be nice to know where in Spain this restaurant is? Putting the location in the title would help too. Thanks for reporting back though.

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    1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

      Whoops! My bad . . .

      Taberna Gastromaquia
      Calle de Pelayo, 8
      28004 Madrid

      Tues-Sat, 1-4 and 9-11:30
      Closed Sunday & Monday

      1. re: zin1953

        Too bad. We are going to Barcelona.

        1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

          In Barcelona, check out (in alphabetical order):

          Can Ravell
          Carrer Aragó, 313
          08009 Barcelona
          +34 934 575 114

          Cinq Centis
          Calle Aribau, 58
          08011 Barcelona
          +34 933 239 490

          Restaurante Gresca
          Provença, 230
          Barcelona
          +34 934 516 193

          Moo
          Hotel Omm
          Rosselló 265
          08008 Barcelona
          +34 934 454 000

          Tickets
          Avinguda Paral-lel, 164
          08015 Barcelona