Interior of Sacha restaurant in the Chamartin neighborhood in Madrid, off the Paseo de la Castellana. A classic bistro
Today we had lunch in a bistro-style restaurant I hadn’t visited in about twenty years. I read up about it on a reliable peer to peer site called 11870.com (who knows why it’s called that??), just to make sure the food was still edible. Apparently, quite a few people still give the place good reviews, and I felt like a nice meal so I made the reservation. I have to say, we were not disappointed. Simple, tasty food—meat, fish, soups and salads. Nothing fancy. My only quarrel might be with the wine list, which I found generally over-priced. I found a good standby, El Regajal from Aranjuez, Madrid, and it suited our meal just fine, but I like to be surprised and not have to pay through the nose.
Where did we eat? The restaurant is called Sacha. It’s tucked away off the Paseo de la Castellana, near Cuzco, in the area of the famous Bernabeu soccer stadium. Even though you couldn’t be in a more urban area, because the locale is hidden in the corner of a residential building, looking out over a garden, it actually does feel as if you could be in a quaint Parisian quarter, or in the countryside. This is a Madrid classic, though, with plenty of photos, paintings and drawings on the walls, old-style waiters and a maître d’ to attend you, outfitted up and with cloth napkins over their arms. For under 50€, you can have a leisurely, complete meal, in a peaceful, old world atmosphere. It’s nice to step back into the past every once in awhile.
Check out the photos I took as surreptitiously as possible with my iphone.
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More unusual graffiti in downtown Madrid. This time on calle del Prado, down the street from Olsen Scandinavian restaurant and vodka bar http://www.olsenmadrid.com/. Does the message below say “J’aime” (I love) or “Jaime” (James)??
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We made this darling cake this morning in a cake-decorating class at Keyks http://www.keyks.es in Madrid. We had no idea it was so easy to make this kind of icing! Nor did we know the special tricks of how to make it stick or how to make the different design elements. This 90 minute class was a real treat in every way!
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