You might start to notice that I’m working backwards now, which is slightly awkward, but I’ll make do. I’m finding it less awkward than starting from the day I stopped blogging and working forward. I hope you’ll stick with me on this strange anti-chronological journey.
Le Madrid was the unofficial (official?) hang of our stay in Guéthary. Our first two days in Guéthary it was closed for two days before officially opening for the summer season, but Le Madrid was all I heard about for those two days from our Parisian friends and hosts. It was so inflated as a “spot” that it hardly occured to me that the food would be any good. When I ate dinner there for the first time on the night of the 8th I was absolutely blown away (some of you might remember a tweet of mine about the Cote de Beouf melting in my mouth). Those kind of dinners aren’t for stopping every few minutes to photograph. We were among friends, telling love stories, and sharing wine and Cote de Beouf (with Bearnaise of course), and since the best parts of the ephemeral meal were only captured in memory, I pledged to return in a more alert state so that I might record some of my meal for ARL.
Of course, the real way to do Le Madrid is this: aperitifs at home (our aperitifs of choice on this trip were foie gras (forgive me), radishes, and wine). Savor all this from approximately 7pm-9pm, then make your way to Le Madrid for the real meal. Oh, and having Manzana Verde post-Cote is the digestif de riguer. The few images I have from Le Madrid at night:
Customers entering Le Madrid behind lovely Martine at approximately 9pm
The view from outside Le Madrid at approximately 9pm
So, that said, on to lunch.
The view from the terrace
It is worth explaining that I. and I fell in love with the menus as pieces of art in and of themselves. We loved the fonts, the illustrations, and the color. When we mentioned this to our friends they explained that the menus are designed by Martine, one of the owners, who was a graphic designer before she was a restaurateur.
The lunch menu
The essential rosé
Looking back towards the restaurant from the terrace
My companion’s club sandwich (I had a bite–absolutely delectable)
Maigre a la Plancha, pate fraiche & herbes
The perfect lunch. The oil for drizzling has parsley and tarragon, the cherry tomatoes are roasted, and the pasta has a crisp piece of bacon artfully arranged at an angle atop. And, how is it that the French know how to salt meat so perfectly? You can see the small crystals of sel de mer on the maigre here. Delicious.
Now that we’re in Spain it seems impossible, but I am actually missing Le Madrid. If you are in the area go, sit for a few hours. People watch, imbibe, and go back a few times to sample a variety of what’s on the menu. You won’t be disappointed.
If you are as in love with Le Madrid as I am, you can click here to see the dinner menu: Continue reading