On our last day in Madrid, during our April 2022 trip we had lunch at a chic restaurant with many distinctions callef Casa Mortero. The main reason TD chose it is that it was in the Michelin Guide 2022. It was the perfect last Madrid bite & left us wanting to go back for more!
The weather had turned cold, but it was a nice walk to the Casa Mortero drinking in the gorgeous Madrid architecture. Because we arrived at 1pm, there was no competition for tables.
CHIC MODERN INTERIORS
I have a think for shades of mint & turquoise + modern simple interiors so I simply fell in love with Casa Mortero upon entering.
DELICIOUS SPANISH FOOD
Knowing it’s listed in the Michellin Guide we were super excited. Just because it’s on the Michellin Guide, it doesn’t mean it was expensive or too fancy. In fact the food was quite rustic and we loved it.
QR code menus because it’s still the pandemic, even if they removed the mask mandate in public transport on our last day.
Look how excited DiploBaby looked. I guess he could smell the food cooking. And he loved the bread of course.
I usually get white or rose, but since we were having meaty dishes, I decided to have a glass of red. It was delicious.
It’s the little details that set restaurants like Casa Mortera apart, like when they serve AMUSE BOUCHES. This was a surprisingly sweet bite with mango.
An amuse-bouche or amuse-gueule is a single, bite-sized hors d’oeuvre. Amuse-bouches are different from appetizers in that they are not ordered from a menu by patrons but are served free and according to the chef’s selection alone.– WIKIPEDIA
Salty GILDAS are usually a “skewer of briny olives, a salt-cured anchovy, a pickled green guindilla pepper, and (sometimes) a gherkin pickle or sundried tomato.” It is “one of the most popular pintxos found on bar counters in the Basque Country. It is “green” – meaning “raunchy” in Spanish.” Restaurants usually sell Gildas per stick.
This is TD’s favorite tapas called PIMIENTOS DE PADRON. It’s basically small, green peppers Padrón, Galicia, in the northwest part of Spain + oil. + salt. I normally hate bell peppers, but I make an exception for Pimientos de Padron because they are so tasty! This one from Casa Mortero has to be the best I’ve had so far.
Delicious moules or mussels! I can’t recall now if it came with fries or just the bread.
The star of this meal was definitely the TORREZNO with “meneás” potatoes and paprika mash. I just wish we had rice to go with it LOL!
It deserves a 2nd picture from another angle.
For me the DUCK RICE with wild asparagus and crispy skins was a little bit too meaty. I don’t usually eat duck so I had the rice and the crispy chicharon.
The desserts were delicious & the coffee excellent. The CHEESECAKE WITH TOFFEE ICE CREAM was enjoyed by DiploBaby. Of course we had to try their TOASTED MILK FLAN with Extra Virgin Olive Oil brought us back home to the Philippines because it’s exactly like our LECHE FLAN, which is based on the Spanish dessert, only sweeter IMO.
I appreciate the emphasis on high quality, natural, ecological ingredients by Casa Mortero. You can tell that each detail in the restaurant has been carefully thought out.
This ORO PARQUEOLIVA was so precious that the waiter would be the one to pour it out in small bowls for dipping bread. We had to ask for more if we wanted because it’s very special.
We enjoyed it so much, we asked where we could buy it. They were so nice & sold us a bottle which is more convenient for us because it was our last day already.
It’s no surprise that Casa Mortero has bagged a couple of awards. Even if you are not in the neighborhood, I still highly recommend going out of the way to eat here. The highlights for me are the BREAD, EVOO, PIMIENTOS DE PADRON & TORREZNO. We will be back for sure!