One of the things that I love the most about Spain is just how rich and diverse this country is. It's not only rich in terms of history, art and architecture, but also geography and as a result, local and regional cuisine. Typical dishes from Madrid such as callos or cocido have nothing to do with the savory and rich pulpo from Galicia, calçots from Catalunya, or the creamy and refreshing salmorejo from Cordoba and Andalucia. Let’s not even dive into the difference between tapas and the mighty, majestic and stunning towers of pinxtos from the Basque Country.
Naturally, local dishes are deeply rooted in the foods that are easily accessible and readily available: seafood on the coastal cities, heavier stews where the winters are harsher, and cold soups where the temperatures soar. I appreciate living in Madrid for several reasons here are the top two: I can travel all over Spain, and if I don’t feel like traveling, I can usually find a restaurant with the Spanish cuisine I’m craving.
Recently, my fiancé and I took a trip to Sevilla and Cádiz because I’d never been before and I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things. In the interests of full disclosure, I hung my vegetarian hat at the door and dove face-first into the fried seafood goodness that is Andalucia. I’m sorry that truly and wholly, I’m not sorry at all. Even still, I don’t rock with whole fish, bones, eyes, and all that jazz, but give me a plate of calamares and things can get ugly (or beautiful depending on your perspective). All that being said, I’m back in Madrid and I miss Andalucia.
I had heard lots about Lambuzo from my fellow bloggers and I wanted to try for myself. My first tip: make a reservation. It gets crowded!
The dining experience was quick and pleasant to say the least. The staff was friendly and we had our first plate within 5 minutes of arrival. The locale was small and overflowing with people. I really had a taste for cazón adobo which is chunks of meaty fish battered and fried, but they had sold out completely. Although I was disappointed, we were determined to have a fantastic meal. Here’s what we opted for:
The salmorejo which is a twist on the classic, is adorned with melva and olive oil instead of jamón and cooked egg. It was cold, creamy and so delicious. Next, we moved onto the croquetas con gambas aljillo which is fried bechamel sprinkled with garlic prawns. 6 wasn’t enough. The star of the meal for me were the chocos or fried cuttlefish. Oh boy, move over calamari cause you’ve got some competition. The half portions were plenty for the beau and I to share, which is saying lots if you know how much we’re capable of eating. We capped off the meal with a slice of their famous cheesecake. Guess what! It wasn’t flan disguising itself as cheesecake, and for that, I am forever grateful. Good on you, Lambuzo!
Si Cádiz te pilla un poquito lejos, te sentirás en casa en Lambuzo. Buen provecho!
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Danni, Community + Content Director at Las Morenas de España, is a twenty-something, Chicago native currently residing in Madrid. Lover of language, words, and travel, she's managed to combine all of her passions through her work. In her free time, you can find her exploring the winding streets of Madrid, hunting down good flight deals, planning her next adventure and writing & researching for LMDES. Danni loves spicy food, natural hair, music and of course, her wonderful life partner. If you need to find her, she’s the girl with huge hair and her face buried in her Kindle.