Inside this 150-year-old house, four original columns of wood encircle the high ceiling, and bullfighting posters adorn the white-tile walls. Behind a bar shaped into two horseshoes, the staff cooks and prepares some of the most appreciated tapas in Madrid. The selection ranges from simple delights such as ajos tiernos en aceite (tender garlic in olive oil), cured Serrano ham, gambas fritas (fried shrimp), and green asparagus in scrambled eggs to some very sophisticated delicacies, such as bacalao con caviar (salt cod pâté with caviar). The famous mejimecha (marinated mussels with ham and onions in béchamel sauce) is sublime, as are the anchovies of the house and tasty croquettes. The prices for the tapas range from 5.40€ to 7.20€ ($6.75-$9). Don Miguel Benavente, the chef and owner for more than 3 decades, recommends the plato combinado (a combination platter of all tapas), which, together with a glass of the very palatable Rioja house wine, is available at a cost of 10€ ($12). A selection of the culinary treats on offer includes lentils with chorizo (Spanish sausage), merluza (hake), osso buco al horno (braised veal shank), and typical Andalusian and Castilian dishes.
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