The mission: savour meat prepared in the Beefer, a grill that roasts and seals the flesh at to perfection in less than two minutes at 800 degrees. That said, I sit down with a menu that features croquettes to nibble on, starters like the classic or seafood Caesar salad, a brothy rice dish, and meats like an authentic Japanese Wagyu from Kagoshima or some beef cheeks with lime potatoes, a dish that always fascinates me. And there's cod tripe prepared in the Madrid style. My mission has become altered. And I accept that.
I start out with some of the aforementioned croquettes: the one filled with Iberian ham and the one with cheese are good indeed, and the mussel one is outstanding – the texture and smell bring to mind a summer's day at the seaside. Next up I choose an acorn-fed Iberian pork loin. I have rarely had one that juicy, prepared to perfection, with the intense flavour of free-range meat. The two glasses of El Vecindario, D.O. Montsant, I had to drink intensified the festival of flavours. Drinking Denominación de Origen vintages from Catalonia is not an obligation, it's a pleasure that, with a few exceptions, helps you discover extraordinary wines. For dessert, I opted for the almond blancmange with seawater ice cream for a dazzling finish.