Sunday, February 19, 2012

La Favorita

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.
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29 comments:

  1. I'm curious as to what a truffle-poached egg may be - do they add truffle oil to the poaching water? :)

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    1. Could either mean the egg has been stored in a jar with truffles, hence absorbing the smell of truffles or truffle oil added to the poached egg.

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    2. Kenny: phew, thank goodness Baby Sumo answered your question, since i wasn't sure myself. don't direct cooking queries to me laaaaah! heheh :D

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    3. But wouldn't storing the eggs with the truffle damage/contaminate the fragile and expensive truffles? Hmm...

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    4. I was told by a chef that the truffles is stored with both eggs and rice (uncooked), this is the best way to store it, it seems.

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    5. I was told by a farmer to store it in a container with wet tissue in a jar to keep it moist. :) Storing it with eggs will run a risk of contaminating the truffle, which renders it dangerous to consume, but will perfume the eggs. :D

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    6. Michelle: thanks for the info! phew, it sounds like quite an elaborate procedure :D

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  2. Truffle egg followed by pear ravioli with mushrooms.. oh yum, my kind of meal.

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, the food was quite special. too bad the lighting was difficult, so most of my pics just turned out brown & dim, heheh :D

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    2. Oh, Spanish restaurants are usually very dim, I found that during my travels too.

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    3. Baby Sumo: heheh, maybe dimness equates romance & intrigue for these restaurant-goers :D

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  3. Ooh would love to have the egg dish and mushrooms!

    I'm always somehow uncomfortable when at a table a singing group coming towards my table. It's as if I ought to sing along or what ahahhah

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    1. Rad: sing along! i figure they probably wouldn't mind! :D

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    2. Rad: heh, in the case of this restaurant, i didn't try, since the singers only stood in the center, without walking around table by table. and they were singing in italian, i think, which we wouldn't know how to do, heheh =)

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  4. Poached egg is the best invention everrrr... =p Are you allowed to smoke in the restaurant? I thought they can smoking indoors

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    1. Smitten by Food: ooh, maybe that smoking ban wasn't strongly enforced yet at this point. but we didn't notice many smokers inside restaurants though =)

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  5. Listening to opera while having a meal, sounds nice!
    Only listened to opera once, in the small alley in Venice, one lady with 2 speakers on the floor, what a wonderful experience.

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    1. CK: that sounds like a beautiful & memorable experience in venice! ya, i enjoy listening to opera-style music too, even though i can't understand it, heheh :D

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    2. Yet now I get to listen to CK's opera every day... at home. No speakers required. What a wonderful experience. :P

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    3. Kenny: eee, wonder what "ck's opera" is a euphemism for :D

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  6. truffle poached egg is beyond what I call comfort food. Simplicity with a touch of luxury! Yumms. Hopefully someone serves in in KL!

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    1. Missyblurkit: let's cross our fingers that it might surface on some special truffle set menu this year! :D

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  7. aww what a perfect spanish dining :) if malaysia has this, how good would it be.

    Latest: Happy Dim Sum Garden

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    1. Fish: oh yeah, it could be quite a worthwhile restaurant, but only if it's managed professionally, heheh =)

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  8. in the last picture, was the lady a waitress? she's singing isn't she?

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    1. Eiling: heh, yeah, some of the waiters & waitresses here are also opera singers! :D

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  9. i wanna go back to spain!!!

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    1. Ciki: me tooooooo! (but not to madrid) :D

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