IROCO RESTURANTE

October 27, 2017


Is there anyone out there who does NOT like to eat?  Anyone who would turn down a wonderful gourmet meal?  OK, I don’t think so.

A few years ago, my wife and I cashed in a few Delta frequent flyer points and flew to Madrid for our anniversary.  Just the two of us!!!!  The city was in the process of making repairs due to an Olympic bid so there was construction on many of the main streets, including the one you see below.   Calle Vasquez was located in Central Madrid and in walking distance from our hotel.  The IROCO Resturante was recommended by the hotel staff as being one destination that would give us a taste of authentic Spanish cuisine.  This turned out to be the case.  (You do NOT eat “American” when you visit Spain.)  As you can see, orange barrels and construction signs on Calle Vasquez marking repairs and construction for the entire length of the street.  That did not stop the determined from making the trip.

The logo for IROCO is given below.  This placard was positioned prominently on both sides of the main entrance.

As we entered the building and what I thought was the main dining hall, I was NOT impressed.  I discovered after a few steps that we were being directed to a marvelous garden adjoining the kitchen. Wonderfully lighted with tables and umbrellas well-positioned throughout the garden.  The digital photograph will indicate the basic layout of the garden.

 

It’s hard to tell which is leafier—the dining room walls covered with botanical prints or the back-garden terrace where tables sit among potted trees and shrubs. Either is a good place to enjoy contemporary Spanish cooking that sometimes roams the globe for ingredients. The delicious plate of paella-style rice with cilantro and crisply fried squid is stained black with huitalacoche (corn smut) to make a lighter and more original version of a Catalan arròs negre, or black rice. Iroco’s slow-roasted, boneless kid glazed with honey and served with a turnip purée makes goat a revelation. Garden service carries a ten percent (10%) surcharge but worth the price.

Even though we ate in the garden, the “cave” was really intriguing.  This was a below-ground annex to the garden with additional tables, a wine cellar and a fully-stocked bar with just about any liquor you would ask for.

As you can see from the digital below, there is seating in the “cave”.  You can enjoy a drink or order from the full menu.  We chose the garden because it was a beautiful clear night with not-to-hot temperature and a very soft breeze blowing.

We went all out on this one including desert and were not in the least disappointed with the offerings or the service.  I can certainly recommend this restaurant to you if and when you are ever in Madrid.  As always, my recommendation does not mean that much so I want to indicate what others are saying about IROCO.

As always, I welcome your comments

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