Salimos el Sabado – El Caldero (Alicante)

If you have the chance to visit Alicante you must try the local dishes. One of my favorites is caldero which is made with fish and rice served separately. The fish is served in a large dish with potatoes and caldo (broth) and the remaining broth is used to cook the rice similar to a paella. Caldero is well-known on the island of Tabarca just off the coast of Alicante. If you aren’t able to visit the island (which really deserves a trip) in Alicante there is a restaurant named El Caldero owned by the family of one of Tabarca’s restaurants which prepare them in the same way as on the island.

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Salimos el Sabado – Poncelet Cheese Bar

Today I’m going to let you know about a place which specializes in one of my favorite foods EVER. (That would be cheese, in case you were wondering).

Last weekend I enjoyed lunch in  a “surprise” destination. It wasn´t my first time there, but it was my first time in the dining room area instead of the bar.

In Poncelet Cheese Bar I was surrounded by all things CHEESE. I believe it is the only cheese bar in Madrid. The decor is contemporary, pleasant, and a bit different. One wall is completely covered in a vertical garden. There is also a huge cheese case on the opposite side. Two workers were there the entire lunch-time cutting and wrapping cheeses. More than 140 cheeses are offered on their menu, but it is also possible to order many dishes without cheese. I´m not sure who would do that, but I´m sure someone is out there.

I consider myself a cheese-lover, but I had never tried burrata. It is one of the most amazing cheeses I´ve ever tasted. This cheese is made from fresh, solid mozzerella with an inside made of cream and more mozzerella. When you cut into the cheese, the cream and mozzerella runs out a bit like an egg. Maybe that’s not the most appetizing description, but it´s delicious. They have a Starter at Poncelet with burrata, tomato, and tuna. It was perfect.

Burrata cheese

Burrata – Perhaps my new favorite cheese

 

The entrée I ordered was a delicious sirloin steak (solomillo). Sadly, I forgot to snap a photo to show you.

For dessert, I tried their New York-style cheesecake. It really did taste like the real thing. The cheesecake was inside a hard shell, and sitting on top of graham cracker crumbs.

cheesecake Poncelet

Their Version of New York-Style Cheesecake

 

Before you go, check eltenedor.es for discounts. They currently have 40% off if you reserve your table through their site. The prices are a bit high, but with the discount it came to 70 euros for two people.

 

 

 

 

Salimos el Sabado – Kintaro

Welcome to the first entry of “Salimos el Sabado”. None of my reviews are due to incentives from staff or owners unless stated in my posts. I hope you will let me know what you think about the places I review or tell me about new places I should try!

I’m a sushi girl. Back in the US, “sushi night” was an almost weekly ritual. I have been to Kintaro several times in Madrid. They have an all-you-can-eat sushi buffet for 16 euros. If you go for lunch during the week I have heard the price is 9 euros. I’ve never ordered anything from the menu so I can’t speak to the price or quality if you don’t choose the all-you-can-eat option. It’s not phenomenal, but the sushi is decent and relatively inexpensive. A plus is the conveyor belt style service.

 

The sushi parades in front of you in such a way that it’s nearly impossible not to feel completely stuffed afterwards. There are also foods to pick off the conveyor such as: soup, chicken, meat, and desserts.

 

kintaro