After sowing the seed of beginning a group whose only primary intention is to get together for a cheap feed of a Tuesday afternoon, never did we think we would get such a feed for so little. It was advertised, the ravens had been sent and 14 titans of taste turned up for our regular weekly grub get-together. This week, Aristocratas del Lumpen on Calle Ave Maria, just around the corner from metro Anton Martin, it was time for you to take your turn on the wheel of gastronomic fortune.
So what was on offer? Well for starters, Gazpacho, salad, crema de calabacin, revuelto de setas and flaminquin (fried cheesy battered pork) with peas, estofada, Panga (fish) and sausage in wine for mains and all this for only €6! This week was a little different though, vino and casera did not accompany our meal but then again, for €6 you can’t really complain! The service was friendly and the bread was fresh from the oven but the food wasn´t and some of the main dishes came out as if they’d been left on the side for a while! One thing I have learned on our culinary escapades is that there is no excuse for cold food. I won´t say that this is a bad place for a mid week lunchtime meal but they could have done better and when everything on our check list was taken into account, i.e. food quality, price, service, surroundings, etc. This little luncheonette comes away with a just better than average 3 out of 5.
Having paid up and wished the birthday girl (Andrea) a surprise birthday celebration we made our way up the street to a very trendy, bit hipsterish, cheap as chips bar called Mariak where we partook in beers, tintos and bellyfuls of banter.
Next week we head north, a largely un-foraged territory for the gang and it certainly has been a while since we´ve paid a visit. For those of you who work and live up in the top of this, the “layer cake” that we call Madrid, it´s now your turn to get involved! No excuses. The invite will be sent post-haste, but until then, from all of us at MMDDMM, it´s chow for now!