La Favorita

February 19, 2012

Spain, Part II: An atmospheric restaurant, brimming with locals prowling the Spanish capital.

Housed in a century-old building, La Favorita soars with the sound of music, six nights a week.

Opera soloists entertain customers with romantic arias to spark a sense of drama at dinnertime.

Let's start: Anchovies on toast whet the appetite for greater things to come.

Unparalleled comfort food: Truffle-poached egg, Jabugo ham & potatoes in a cream of squash & wild asparagus. Wish we could replicate this recipe at home.

Pear ravioli with sauteed mushrooms & cheese. Subtly sweet, slightly savory & entirely earthy.

Medallions of gazelle with borage & glazed shallots. Who knew that gazelle tastes like venison?

Sturgeon marinated in mustard & honey, with crisp violet onion. Meaty fish, but not as moist as we like 'em. If you want fish with a texture evocative of chicken breast, order this.

La Favorita,
Madrid, Spain.