The friendly barrista at Starbux sent us over to the Circle de las Artistes for the roof top view of Madrid . . .
we feel that Madrid lacks a certain something that say Barcelona has, vista wise . . . if you know what I mean . . .
then, since there was no food on the roof, instead of walking anywhere else for late lunch, we just went into the cafe Pecera on the ground floor . . . what a lucky break that was, the place is fantastico . . . service is a little snooty and slow, but no matter, totally worth it . . .
the art around is sooooooo european . . . if you know what I mean . . . .8^D . . .
we were already peckish, and it was a pleasant surprise when they brought us some little sausages & bread while we waited for our legally mandated fixe prie luncheon . . . I tried to order sangria, but wound up with a bottle of red, instead . . . included in the meal . . . no problem . . .
mrs got a bowl of gazpacho. . . very flavourful, but so thin it was like bloody mary mix . . . 8^D
I had some pollo paella . . . I think thats funny . . . I didn't think it was as funny when Mrs kept stealing bites of mine in between sips of hers . . . 8^D
we had a little wait between courses . . . it was a madhouse of holiday family parties in there . . .but our wait was more comfortable than those still waiting for a table . . . 8^D
for my second platter I had a small lamb shank . . .couldn't have been better
Mrs had some fish cooked with capers -- those spanish capers are a seriously beneficial addition to dishes, they bring a lot of savour to any dish . . .
loved this place . .. seriously doubt that Antonio Banderas or Pedro Almodovar ever shows up anymore . . . that's like looking for Hemingway on the left bank . . . 8^D