Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Vinoteca Moratín in Madrid with Chef Marcus Gil

A small intimate bistro in the centre of Madrid's Golden Triangle, chef and owner Marcos Gil opened Vinoteca Moratin in 2012 following his passion for “buen vino” and great food. Marcos is the heart and soul of the Vinoteca and it shows. With an exquisite, limited menu Gil only serves the freshest produce obtained each day from the Mercado Anton Martín. He's passionate about the dishes on the menu: dishes such as the artichokes with cured meat salt and confit leeks and steak tartar, which Gil cuts with a knife and seasons to suit diners’ tastes. "For me, feeding is a way to love", but with just 6 or 8 tables, it's often difficult to get a table. Marcos wanted the wines to have a prominent place in his restaurant and chose a long list of over forty white wines, from Albariños to Ruedas and Rieslings to over 50 different red ones from Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Jumilla, in addition to French wines from Loire and Burgundy, and some Portuguese from Alentejo. There are also around 20 selections by the glass too. Gil stocks no more than a couple of bottles of each wine because he is lucky to have his provider Vinoteca Trigo, just around the corner, delivering twice a day. Also, as befits a dedicated gourmand with the heart of a sommelier, there is no lack of Spanish and French cheeses. From vases of fresh flowers to the glow of flickering candle light, the rustic-modern style of Moratín’s tiny interior oozes charm in every detail. With outstanding service, delicious food, fabulous wines and lovely ambiance combined with chef Gil's genuine warmth, charm and enthusiasm, it’s no wonder Vinoteca Moratín is one of Barrio de Las Letras’ best places to dine. 

The exquisite candlelit interior of Vinoteca Morton tucked away in Madrid's Barrio de las Tetras, 
has just 12 tables

Wine bucket full of fabulous Spanish wines by the glass

Complimentary warm Paprika Potatoes

Gorgeous flavourful fresh squishy bread is bought daily from Mercado Anton Martin

Bottle of organic Spanish cava

A sparkling start to a sensational evening of great wine, delicious food and faultless service

Baby artichokes with sal de cecina

Leek Confit with Romesco Sauce

One of Bistro Moratin's lovely Spanish white wines by the glass,
a delicious San Clo Dio Ribeiro

Free Range Chicken with Albarino Sauce and roast potatoes

Spanish Sea Bass cooked whole in rock salt and served filleted with braised eggplant

A complimentary glass of Jerez Sherry was served to accompany our selection of Spanish cheeses

A fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the city of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, the sherry was semi sweet, dark and quite delicious

Moratin's selection of Spanish cheeses

La Peral is a pasteurized blue cheese made in the Asturias in northern Spain

Majorero is a firm goat milk cheese similar to Manchego, with a milky, nutty flavour 

Pata de Molo, a raw sheep's milk cheese from León

Mahón cheese is a soft to hard white cheese made from cow's milk, named after the natural port of Mahón on the island of Menorca off the Mediterranean coast of Spain

The charming and talented Chef Marcus Gil

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