Celebrating with family at La Figal de Pablo, Madrid

We’ve recently come back from five days in Madrid, where we stayed with my auntie and uncle. The reason for our holiday – to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. We ate at La Figal de Pablo, a restaurant we often eat at when staying with them. In fact, we’ve been there for both lunch and dinner – and it’s consistently good.

Of course, we were the first to arrive, so began the evening at the bar, while waiting for the rest of our party to arrive. I enjoyed a tinto de verano and the bar staff brought out a couple of tapas. I didn’t try the cubes of fried potato, but the chicken wings were delicious, if a little on the spicy side. Once everyone had joined us, mingled and got a drink, we made our way to the dining room.

When the booking (for 15) was made, my auntie was given a number of set menus to choose from and I got a sneak peek, as mum took a photo of it to show me (she knows what I’m like!). I even translated (in some cases, badly) it for Ash, so he (sort of) knew what to expect. We had the dining room to ourselves, which was perfect for a special occasion and a large number.

Before the starters, we shared two appetisers: a prawn wrapped in strings of potato (almost like filo pastry) and a green spinach ‘samosa’, filled with prawn. Both tasted good, but the parcel was Asian-inspired and reminded me of dim sum.

A selection of starters followed – and they were for the table (a compartir). The gambas a la plancha (grilled prawns) are always a favourite of mine, although this time, I was designated peeler! Unfortunately, sucking the brains is a family tradition I simply cannot get on board with! The jamón y lomo ibérico (ham and Iberian pork loin) was equally as good and a must-have when in Spain... even Alfie enjoyed the cured ham! We also shared duck liver pâté, with fruit crackers and compote, which was divine; while the warm salad with partridge wasn’t to my taste as much. The game was beautiful, though.
With so many starters, I’d almost forgotten about the main course. There were three to choose from: two meat and one fish. I went fish and was served a hake fillet stuffed with seafood and sauce américaine. The fish was beautifully cooked and so light; the stuffing sufficient and the langoustine on top, succulent. The sauce complemented it well, but was a little heavy for me – and there was a lot of it! I did manage to eat two-thirds, but had to admit defeat. 
Ash chose the confit of crispy duck, which he enjoyed, but said to some, it may have been too rare. To me, it looked fine and I have to admit, I did get a little food envy (especially as we never have duck at home). His meal was served with mashed potato and an apple & sherry compote. Completing the trio was steak in truffle sauce with chips – which mum ordered!

No matter how full I am, there’s always room for dessert and this was incredibly delicious – even though I’m still not 100% sure of all the ingredients. We had a brioche French toast, which had hints of coconut and a milky, sticky sauce. Despite not knowing, I could have eaten multiple portions as well as the whole tub of yogurt ice cream that accompanied it... it was so fresh!

La Figal is a lovely place for a family meal, regardless of if it’s an occasion. The service was second-to-none and we were well looked after from our arrival, until the end. Nothing was too much trouble and glasses were never empty – not just those that were drinking the bottles of wine. When my tinto de verano was finished, the waiter simply said “un otro” and brought me another! I know that next time we are in SanSe, we’ll be back but for now, muchas gracias.

Love, Lucy xx

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