It was a hot evening. It had been one of those days when the heat and humidity combine to make you just want to do nothing, but we had a dinner date at this month’s restaurant. So we dragged ourselves from the relative cool of our flat to the Barrio del Carmen and Volare, a now well-established restaurant in Calle Roteros, close to the Torres de Serranos.
The welcome from Raquel, the co-owner and front of house manager couldn’t have been warmer. She offered us the coolest table in the house and told us that she and her sister Karina (the chef) had decided we should try as many of their signature dishes as possible, so they would be bringing half portions for us to share through the evening. But first, wine. A lightly chilled bottle of ‘Senorio de los Baldíos’, a fruity and rich Ribera del Duero (excellent value at 12 € bottle or 2.50 € a glass).
The wine was followed shortly after by hummus and toasted breads on a long thin slate, no ordinary hummus this, but flavoured with sweet basil and topped with black sesame seeds (5€). Subtle and a new twist on an old favourite. Now came another slate with Pollo crocante con tzatziti – crisp, batter-coated pieces of moist chicken served with lettuce leaves and Tzatziki (7€). There’s something lovely about chicken cooked this way!
Our next dish was a plate of Clochinas, mussels – perfectly steamed in white wine and garlic and a touch of lemon at the end – they were quite delicious (9€). This was followed by one of our favourite salads in the entire world, Tabbouleh. This one was made, as it should be, with burghul, a cracked wheat (8€). It was delicious and almost better than the one we make at home from my mother’s recipe!
The intriguingly named Mosaico de Atún Rojo was next. Tuna, cut into cubes coated with green, white and black sesame seeds and flash griddled and served with a soy sauce for dipping (9.90€). Succulent and delightful.
Our final dish was a Ravioli of salmon and Ricotta, with a drizzle of dried tomato and basil flavoured olive oil (11€). Four plump and flavourful ravioli which rounded off a delightful meal, which interspersed with great conversation with Raquel and Karina who would pop out from the kitchen from time to time to chat.
Our dessert – though we hardly had room by this point – was pastry stuffed with cream, ricotta and chocolate chips and a Chocolate and dulce de leche cake. It was surprisingly light and sweet.
Our meal consisted of half dishes for the purpose of this review but the prices quoted are for the full portions, which is excellent value, and the price/quality is brilliant.
The sisters, who are Uruguayans of Armenian descent, have set up this restaurant to serve Mediterranean food. As they rightly say, the Mediterranean is not just Spain, Italy and Greece but also takes in the Middle East and Turkey too. All have wonderful cuisine and they want to offer that on your plate in their restaurant.
Raquel and her sister Karina are so friendly and welcoming and the food high quality that I strongly recommend a visit.
They offer a good selection of cocktails (5-8€) including the highly fashionable Aperol Spritz (5€) Sangria (10€ a litre),
The menú del día is 11€ weekdays, 12€ weekends and 13€ at night, all include the first drink. They welcome groups and will preplan a menu with you.
Calle Roteros, 12 bajo derecha (Near Torres de Serranos)
Telephone 960 64 35 40
Zona Barrio del Carmen
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