Viridiana, Madrid, 3/26/15

Exterior
Exterior

Another repeat from last trip with less successful results. Last time was lunch with a vibrant dining room and the chef coming by the table. This time for dinner and we were one of 2 tables in the dining room but waiter said upstairs was full and the chef didn’t choose to come by our table, but our waiter was super friendly even with the slow service. The meal started with the same amuse bouche as before but this time the cheese biscuits were cold and dry and the soup seemed pasty and the fish overly strong.

menu back
menu back
menu cover
menu cover
chef's pic on the outside
chef’s pic on the outside

The second amuse of meats and mango was a tastier despite being an odd combination. We had the risotto last time, presented piping hot at the table by the chef. This visit is was warm and the mushrooms forgot to add any taste to the overly gummy and dull dish. It should have sung to us. The snails were plump and well seasoned but almost to a fault with the seasoning reminding me too much of Progresso breadcrumb mix. The sweet breads were nice but totally overwhelmed by the amount of beans they came with. The lamb was uneventful and thus after several hours to get this far we opted to not order dessert but both complimentary offerings were quite tasty but not enough to redeem the meal. The best part of the evening was finding places to pose Frankie in! Next visit this won’t be on the agenda.

table set up
table set up
menu 1
menu 1
menu 2
menu 2
olive oil bread and white roll
olive oil bread and white roll
cava to begin
cava to begin
top of the hat is a separate bowl
top of the hat is a separate bowl
strawberry soup with fish
strawberry soup with fish
cheese biscuits
cheese biscuits
next amuse bouche came covered
next amuse bouche came covered
Chorizo, mango, cornichon, caper berry, onion
Chorizo, mango, cornichon, caper berry, onion
wine
wine
“La llauna” style snails with herbs from Pyrenees (romani, farigola, ajeddrea) and olive oil
“La llauna” style snails with herbs from Pyrenees (romani, farigola, ajeddrea) and olive oil
Frankie played in the kumquat plant next to my chair
Frankie played in the kumquat plant next to my chair
mushroom risotto
mushroom risotto
garnished with truffles
garnished with truffles
Then she found a viewing spot on the curtain piece
Then she found a viewing spot on the curtain piece
Oven roasted spring lamb shoulder, Moroccan style saffron cous-cous and roasted quince
Oven roasted spring lamb shoulder, Moroccan style saffron cous-cous and roasted quince
Grilled lamb sweet breads with fried chick peas
Grilled lamb sweet breads with fried chick peas
Checking for catnip in the table plant
Checking for catnip in the table plant
Chocolate truffles and coconut balls
Chocolate truffles and coconut balls
downstairs dining room
downstairs dining room
upstairs dining area
upstairs dining area
our friendly waiter
our friendly waiter
She found lots to enjoy here
She found lots to enjoy here

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