Down at the piano-bar, under the glass atrium, in one of Madrid’s most luxurious hotels, we sat for summer. At La Rotonda, the hotel’s international restaurant, dine in style while enjoying a pleasant mood, a relaxing ambiance, and a professional service. Glass chandeliers, correctly set tables, cutlery and crystal wine glasses over a floor of shiny marble. I like the flower pot in the middle of the table; it adds a certain style.
On the menu: Appetizers, snacks, starters, salads, soups, rice and pasta, seafood and shellfish and meats. Some plates grabbed my attention: the palace club sandwich, courgette flowers, Kobe wagyu carpaccio, artichokes, oxtail consomme, egg pasta, steak tartar.
With a huge smile on her face and a positive attitude, the waitress approached us for the order. She recommends, asks, helps and gives you all the time needed to order. Another person approached for my wife’s bag putting it on a side chair. Bread is distributed and here comes olive oil to start your dinner; dip in and enjoy.
A mise-en-bouche, a seafood cake, crab rolled like a sandwich. A plate of cheese for me because the roll contained garlic. Three slices of Parmesan with crunchy walnuts.
A generous platter of cheese served with toast fingers, Iberian ham with fresh artichokes and courgette flowers stuffed with a mousse of crab. Good cheese, hard textures artichokes and a gooey mouse inside the courgettes which I expected to be crunchy. Why would crab have a pink color? The Cesar salad is good, good enough, tasty but not exceptional. Anyway, until now food is not exceptional.
Now for the meat, very good quality of a tender and juicy meat served with a slice of foie gras on top, and a side of potato.
An enjoyable experience, down at The Westin Palace Hotel Madrid.