Friday, April 20, 2018

El Paraguas: Refined Asturian Cuisine in Madrid

Nestled in the heart of Madrid's elegant Salamanca district, El Paraguas is a cozy and sophisticated restaurant well known for its high-quality Asturian cuisine popular with old-guard Madrileños. Opened in 2004 by Sandro Silva and Marta Seco, with the aim of providing a new vision of Asturian gastronomy, which hails from northern Spain, El Parraguas in known for their rich stews, fabulous fresh seafood, and signature dishes by chef Silva including grilled sea urchin in its own shell, oxtail meatballs and stuffed colmenilla mushrooms with foie gras. Dark-tone lampshades, stained glass panels, and plush seats give the ground level dining room a warm European elegance, while copper pots add a whimsical country kitchen feel. Of the more than 100 wines available, most are tintos or reds from Rioja vineyards such as Valenciso and Ramon Bilbao. A delightfully elegant spot for lunch or dinner, El Paraguas has shaded outdoor tables in the summer, and number of small private dining rooms on the upper floor, perfect for enjoying a long leisurely Madrileño lunch.  

Marta Seco and chef Sandro Silva

Specializing in fabulous fish and seafood, the menu at El Paraguas is a pescatorian's dream

A bowl of warm lightly salted fried onions arrive as diners are seated

Spanish sparkling Cava to begin our lovely lunch

Seasonal Greens and Ham Hock Soup amuse-bouche

 Langostinos Rellenos de Espinacas: Spinach Filled Prawns

Zamburiñas Gratinadas: Scallops Gratin

Colmenillas Rellenas de Foie Gras: Morelles filled with Foie Gras

 San Pedro a la Ribereña: John Dory with Ribereña sauce

Merluza a la Sidra con Compota de Manzana: Hake with Apple Compote Cider

Cochinillo Confitado: Pork Confit

Tarta fina de manzana con helado de chocolate blanco: Apple Galette with white chocolate ice cream

Almond Tuiles

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