In love with dining out – Madrid
Although Dabbawala stands for “a box person“, people in India who collects freshly cooked food in lunch boxes (“dabba”) from the residences of mostly-suburban office workers, delivering it to their respective workplaces, Dabbawala restoran is not neither an Indian restaurant or a take away restaurant. Pablo Tamargo, the executive director was very kind to explain us the reason of naming the restaurant like this: the effectiveness. And you can confirm it looking at the rhythm in with everything is served in the tables.
Dabbawala menu is based in traditional Spanish ingredients (ham, cheese, bass, tuna, pork, lamb) but creatively cooked. As we arrived to our table we got a complimentary Salmorejo (traditional Spanish summer soup made with bread, tomatoes, garlic and olive oil):
Chef Luca Rodi Figueroa told us the daily specials, and we couldn’t help not order the fried octopus with mash “revolconas” potatoes (with paprika), it was crispy, fresh, spicy and really tasty:
One of the highlights of Dabbawala restaurant is that you can order half dishes, so we could order another one to share. Pumpkin tortellone with scallop and sage butter, amazing:
For main dish you can also ask for half dish, so as we went for dinner we asked for halves. I chose Sea bass with sweet onions and sea urchins romesco, the fish was really fresh, and the sauce really tasty:
Juan chose the Steak tartar, and he loved it, especially the fries, as they were homemade.
On another visit we ordered Ají (a peruvian kind of stew) made of organic chicken and poached egg, it`s my favorite.
As we were wise to order half dishes we still had room for dessert, everything looked great, we picked the the Apple tart with green apple sorbet, the pie was really thin, I like that:
The decor is a mix between traditional, modern, elegant, intimate, and cozy. You can see great pictures in their website. What we liked more was the lightning, the sound insulation (great for having a good conversation), and the Ambigú (meaning the bar were you can wait for the table having a drink).
We spent 45€ each ordering a red wine bottle.
You can book your table online.