September 1st, 2012 | Posted by The Booyah Cook in Restaurant | Travel - (0 Comments)

Okay already there have been loads of pictures from Madrid I know. So – here are our “make friends with the locals pics” for your personal attention.

Here is Anthony at the German bar where all the Spanish waitresses were wearing dirndls. They didn’t even do tapas. Just pretzels and sausages.

A bit like hanging out with Hobart really.

Oh God. Looking at that bull and thinking about blood I just realised I forgot completely about one last restaurant in Madrid called El Buey.

Okay so El Buey means “The Ox”. Which I think sums the whole place up pretty well.

The tan ceramic plate in front of me was so hot from the oven you could cook the think slices of steak on it. You order the meat for your table by weight – 750g is apparently right for two people. Look at it. It was  both fun and delicious. Again, apologies to all vegetarians out there. Unfortunately we did not burn ourselves so you cannot take pleasure in knowing there was pain and retribution for eating animals.

This was pretty booyah.

El Buey Calle Gral. Díaz Porlier
Calle General Diaz Porlier, 9
28001 Madrid
Teléfono de reservas: 91 575 80 66 – 91 575 31 28


August 30th, 2012 | Posted by The Booyah Cook in Restaurant | Travel - (0 Comments)

On a stinking hot day at the moment where you know you have to eat and no-one can make up their mind and you have to make a decision before the vibe gets agro and suddenly you smell something delicious coming from down the road. So you follow your nose, sit down thinking “Great, what a relief. We found somewhere.” Then the waiter puts the menu in front of you and you realise you are about to have the most expensive lunch of your life.

Welcome to Alkalde.

Now having said that, it was probably the most exceptional meal of the whole trip. Also having said that, possibly when I was someone’s guest at Le Prevot in Iles Sur La Sorge, France that was more expensive because there was a lot wine involved. Anyway here is how we spent our money in Madrid…

Anthony and I shared a salad as starter – anchovy and avocado salad. We were laughing cause they were the fattest, biggest juiciest anchovies either of us had ever seen – and Hobart would still have run off with the lettuce. Shame there is no picture so we could have asked her when we got home. She has been in the foulest mood since I returned.

Roe buck in chocolate sauce accompanied by something we think could be apple and chestnut. Though didn’t think to ask!

“Tuna in citrics” with fennel. I think marinaded in lemon and lime. This was really an incredible piece of fish.

Then we shared a dessert. This is Curd with walnut sauce. I hate walnuts but even I have to say this was brilliant. The curd I guess is set with gelatin (or agar agar) but I have no idea how the sauce is made. Any clues anyone please let me know. Anthony was well chuffed that I only wanted a taste.

Our pics of the food do not do it justice. You should check it out on the restaurant website (link below).

Good to know that this place is open every day and open uninterrupted through the day. And yes it still has those same gross misty cool water misters that are everywhere. Makes me think I will get TB if the water touches me.

Alkalde Restaurante

Jorge Juan N0 10, 28001 Madrid, Spain +915 763 359