A stone’s throw from Retiro park, La Vanduca is a cosy and inviting Madrid restaurant, offering a delicious selection of tapas. Whether you fancy a light bite with your after work drinks, or a sit down meal with friends or loved ones, the menu caters for everyone. It would be an ideal place to celebrate a special occasion, especially with Christmas and the holidays fast approaching!
The decor is perfect for those who like to feel at home but with a touch of something unique. The warm, ambient glow of the mismatched lighting and the soft, comfortable seating makes for a relaxed and stylish environment. Perfect for whiling away several hours in good company.
The first dish was Langostinos en Tempura. Fresh langoustine, beautifully tender, coated in a light, crisp batter. The combination of the crunchy, succulent fish with the tang of a creamy seafood sauce, was very tasty.
The Pulpo a la Parilla was divine. Meaty and tender chunks of octopus that had a remarkably smoky, chargrilled taste, generously coated in a garlicky salsa, with fresh herbs, ginger and soy. The pulpo was laid upon a bed of thinly-sliced potatoes which mopped up the delicious juices. It’s a must-try when you visit.
The Tartar de Atún was a delight! Fresh, melt in the mouth tuna mixed with creamy avocado smothered on top of crunchy bread; a match made in heaven. The slight pickled contrast of the wakame on top and the nuttiness of the sesame seeds made for a sumptuous bite.
A seasonal speciality dish which went down well was artichoke in an egg yolk sauce. It was topped with salty, crunchy iberico ham which almost acted like a seasoning. It is always welcome to see a restaurant using fresh, seasonal produce on their menu!
Dessert was out of this world and very generously sized, so if you’re one of those people (like me) who looks at the dessert menu before anything else, make sure to leave enough room! The lemon meringue pie was perfectly balanced with the citrusy curd and soft sweet meringue complementing each other nicely.
The Torrija Caramelizada was honestly the best torrija I have ever tried. It is similar to French toast and normally served around Lent and Holy Week. It was soft without being cloying and coated in a rich, dark caramel sauce. Toffee ice cream and the caramelised crunch of toffee pieces made for a bite with the perfect balance of textures.
After you have finished sampling the delicious cuisine this Madrid restaurant has to offer, you can stretch your legs with a lovely walk around the park. A perfect end to a tasty meal. Make sure to give them a warm hello from us when you visit (and wear your comfiest eating pants)!
Address: Calle Columela, 2