Lakasa, Madrid, 3/28/15

Exterior
Exterior

A very fun meal here! It’s like a tapas place as everything is offered in full or half portions but everything is prepared to order and very creative. It was hard to decide which of the wonderful sounding plates NOT to order, we wanted them all and by just getting half orders we were able to try a lot of them without getting overly done in. The two fried options we started with normally come 6 to a small order but the waitress (who turned out to be the chef’s wife) was concerned we’d never eat all the stuff we ordered so she offered to just bring 2 of each.

Table set up
Table set up
menu
menu
Idiazabal cheese fritters and
Idiazabal cheese fritters and “Calcots” croquettes with romesco sauce
wine
wine

What a thoughtful thing to do! They were good but the pizza was divine – just ready enough with lots of cheese and flavor. The mushroom tart appeared to me to have chicken egg rather than quail but who cared cause it was totally tasty. Moving on to the artichoke dish, there was pureed artichoke on the bottom and the squid was cut into ribbons which made it very tender. Topping this were steamed artichokes and thin fried slices of artichoke and the sauce was a vegetable base with squid trimmings – another yummy treat. The skate with miso offered a hint of sweet with a smoky pork belly underneath – it made me think of teriyaki – lick this one up! There’s no more to say but that the grilled Iberia pork tasted incredible – grilled rare and served with greens. The sweetbreads were in a heavy sauce and very good but couldn’t match the scrumptiousness of the pork. The Catalan mousse topping reminded me of marshmallows roasted over a fire and needless to say there was none left on this plate. The lemon tart was equally amazing. A pretty place, not too noisy with great staff. The waitress wanted me to come home with her, she was that friendly! A winner here!

Homemade pizza with Iberican ham, tomato and garlic
Homemade pizza with Iberican ham, tomato and garlic

Open tart of wild mushrooms, onion marmalade and quail eggsMixed togetherArtichoke and squid stewPlated

Chef
Chef
Roasted skate, miso,
Roasted skate, miso, “migas” with chorizo and pork jowl
Frankie approved
Frankie approved
Grilled Iberian pork, pickled vegetables and Comte cheese
Grilled Iberian pork, pickled vegetables and Comte cheese
Frankie's after it again
Frankie’s after it again
Veal sweetbreads with pork belly, mushrooms and gravy
Veal sweetbreads with pork belly, mushrooms and gravy
As plated
As plated
Smokey pimento mashed potatoes
Smokey pimento mashed potatoes
dessert menu
dessert menu
Mousse de crema catalana: Cream brulee mousse with caramel ice cream
Mousse de crema catalana: Cream brulee mousse with caramel ice cream
Lemon tart with meringue
Lemon tart with meringue

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