As a general rule of thumb, and also probably as a definite rule of high fives, us humans should accept every breakfast, lunch or dinner invitation that is extended our way. That is only, of course, if you don’t already have other plans. That is precisely the reason my sister and I openly, joyously, and quickly accepted my parents invitation to lunch at El Paraguas in Madrid. Ok, no. It wasn’t so much of an invitation, it was an agreement to go. They had gone the day before I arrived to Madrid and absolutely loved it. They were talking it up so much my sister and I basically begged them to take us. And what’s not to love about a beautifully manicured, well located, gem of a restaurant in Salamanca. It’s perfect for a semi-posh, long break after a very short morning of shopping.
I was at 100% jet lagged capacity when we went to El Paraguas, also known as the brother restaurant of Ten Con Ten, which we also wanted to visit but couldn’t after a luggage mishap at the airport. Our fault, not theirs. Long story. So I apologize for not taking down the english translation of the dishes we had, or the spanish explanations for that matter.
See, I was expecting the food to be delicious there, but I was definitely not expecting to have a feast of a meal like the one we did. From soup, to fish, to risotto, to steak, to avocado and anchovies, to chips, to wine, to dessert… we basically had it all. Oh, and the dessert! I’m pretty certain it was my favorite dessert of the trip, same goes for every one else at the restaurant (the fellow tourists anyway) because we saw those little babies being served at almost every table. A thin apple tart topped with white chocolate ice cream! The entire thing was heaven!
C/ Jorge Juan, 16. 28001 Madrid.