Thursday, February 23, 2012

Los Galayos

Spain, Part III: For more than a century, Los Galayos has fed ravenous customers at Madrid's Plaza Mayor, a historic site that has hosted bullfights, soccer matches & even public executions.

Grab a table at the alfresco area to indulge in people-watching while enjoying traditional Spanish recipes at this all-day-dining restaurant.

Crusty bread with olives. Why is soft bread so hard to get in this country?

Complimentary tapas. An addictively mushy mix of tuna, potatoes & veggies.

Greasy potatoes with blood sausage (pork blood) & eggs. Sinfully laden with carbs, fat & cholesterol, but we couldn't stop munching until the plate was clean.

Nothing we ate here was healthy. This Madrilena tripe was a huge stew of slimy, gelatinous blobs in tangy tomato-&-onion broth. Protein-packed with unidentifiable cow parts & chorizo. Reputedly a poor man's recipe, but tasted very rich.

Foie gras with Pedro Ximenez sweet wine. Too oily to recommend.

Paella, brimming with meat, seafood & veggies. Miraculously, the two of us still managed to walk away after this lunch & continue shopping for fridge magnets.

And of course, a little wine to make the afternoon merrier.

Los Galayos,
Madrid, Spain.
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32 comments:

  1. I've eaten here! Hubby loves tripe - reminds him of his mother's sopa de mondongo - comfort food for him...I'm not so fond of the animal bits though. Wine and crusty bread and I'm happy.

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    1. The Yum List: oooh, I recall feeling slightly squeamish during my first encounter with tripe, in rome. but since then, I've become OK with it, even though it's not one of my favorite things either. but what turns me off is kidneys. that tastes foul to me :D

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  2. I guess u where well-oiled after this meal...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: well-oiled and ready to rumble =)

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  3. a very rich meal..i supposed shopping for the fridge magnets was good to burn off the calories and all:P i wish we can have such settings to dine in malaysia.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, though if we had this restaurant in KL, we might mostly end up sitting in the air-conditioned interior, since it'd be so hot outside! notice most of the tables here are not shaded =)

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  4. Maybe they serve crusty bread so u skip the bread and order more food? LOL

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    1. Baby Sumo: heh, i hope they don't recycle the uneaten crusty bread for each new set of customers! :D

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  5. What you ate may not have been healthy but the red wine, such a vibrant shade of crimson, must have gone some way to tip the balance! Love it when everything works to the palate! :-D

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    1. Min: ya, these are the kind of meals that i cherish. they really make for pleasant memories =)

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  6. Oh noo..what a waste, those are beutiful foie gras. Poor duckie...

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    1. Smitten by Food: oh, we still managed to finish eating the foie though. heh :D

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  7. The greasy potatoes with blood sausage & eggs kinda reminds me of a more rustic (and less gravy-ish) version of the poutine at Petite Millie... I think anything potato + sauce/gravy is yums!

    And you're making us wanna visit Spain badly lah...

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    1. Kenny: gosh, u're right. i guess there are variations of poutine all over the world :D oh, and spain for 2014! after you both make it to germany first, next year =)

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    2. Let's keep our fingers crossed for Germany - it's been more than 10 years now since I last visited my gracious host country. :(

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    3. Greasy potatoes with pork blood sausage look so yummy! I want!
      Ya, hope by 2014 we will have enough money to go! :P

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    4. Kenny: as absence makes the heart grow fonder, so ultimately will your return to Germany be all the more joyous and triumphant! :D
      CK: fried potatoes with pork blood sausage and scrambled eggs can make at home, I think! But need to buy pork blood from the market, maybe :D

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    1. KY: someday, someday, definitely! :D

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  9. i think the meat is fat ..
    so that is why it comes out a lot of oil.... LOL
    if my wife to eat it .. she will take a tissue and suck all the oil out .. LOL....

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    1. Simple Person: you're probably right about the meat & the oil! :D you have a wise wife ... reduce the unhealthy, unnecessary oil content in the food! :D

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    2. OMG! I do the same thing!
      The tissue and wipe or press the oil out from the food. It's a habit that's hard to break!

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    3. TNG: gosh, I must say, on the other hand, that I've never done that! Heheh :D

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  10. This is the sort of bread i love. rustic and hard. :)

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    1. Michelle: you're kindred spirits with the Spanish, in terms of bread! :D

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  11. Looks damn rich. I will get fat living in Spain! :P

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    1. Bangsar babe: heh, but the spaniards in this city do seem to burn a fair deal of calories walking through their parks and taking public transport :D

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  12. wah paella... yummy yummy. It's nice to have paella with beer too!

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    1. Eiling: oooh, i've not managed to try paella with beer before. usually only have it with red wine :D

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  13. So Sean, your main reason to Spain is for the love their food? Interesting! How many restaurants you have been? You did not try their authentic Street Food there? Love the series of your Spain trip.
    Cheers!

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    1. River: hi Huck, long time no see! =) heheh, I love Spanish food, all the tapas and paella, the suckling pigs, wines and sangria drinks! But only managed to spend three nights there, so only managed to visit Madrid and not the other cities in Spain. But I hope to return someday. Thanks, and hope you and your family have been well =)

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