Las Reses opened in 1964 and is set below street level. It is spread over a couple rooms and bright with lots of red walls covered with decorations. The floors are wood and no music is in the background. The tables have adequate spacing and are set with white clothes which cover the floor length beige ones and large white napkins. The staff were friendly but spoke limited English. It is mostly a restaurant dedicated to beef steaks for which they have carts to come around to the table and show you the cuts of meat. It is all a la carte and some of the cuts are sold by the kilo. There were several larger parties there and it looked like they took their remainder of the meat back to reheat it after the initial serving.
Bread, butter and paté are extra but we were happy to enjoy the warm little individual loaves with a good butter. The paté was a super mild liver one. The bread was nicely doughy and dense on the inside with a reasonably crisp crust.
We ordered Entrecot de Vaca or Galician beef sirloin strip. It was cooked to a nice rare as ordered and cut into slices for you. On the side we had fried potatoes and natural grilled asparagus. I couldn’t find potatoes on the menu but the waiter didn’t miss a beat when we ordered them and they were so good we ordered a second plate. They were an assorted dice, fried to a perfect crisp with a wonderfully creamy interior. Simply marvelous. The asparagus were a generous portion of perfectly grilled and salted spears. They were tender and delicious. The steak was served with an herb spread that was pretty good with it. The meat was beefy and had a nice aged taste with lots of yellow fat bits on the edge.
They had a dessert cart but we passed on it and just ordered coffee. I’m not sure if these went with the coffee or were just their complementary ending but they served a thin almond crisp that was folded like a partially open taco shell. They were buttery and delicious. A perfect ending for a simple, yet tasty meal.
They were generous to bring us a complimentary after lunch drink.