As you know The Spanishhipster blog is a joint venture. Elise typically writes and fabulously designs the posts and modifies my pictures. I on the other hand take the pictures and eat. She has been very good at writing about our unnecessary food adventures in New York, but when it comes to Spain and other places that Elise cannot go ,due to work reasons, then I take over the role as writer. I have been doing a great deal of traveling lately, most of it work related but I do find ways to fit some “me time” into those trips and head home to Spain to see my family, party, catch up with good friends and eat the best my country has to offer. (I feel bad elise can’t make it so I typically bring her some jamon y queso as an editable souvenir of sorts.)
The main and more important reason for my trip to Spain is to visit my parents. Living in New York, I don’t have a chance to visit them as much as I would like, so when get together I have this need to make it extra memorable! Last year they came to NY and we celebrated at EMP and The Modern amongst some other nyc favs. So this trip to Madrid I put it on myself to pick another extraordinary dining experience. Nothing but the best for my parents. (smiley face)
After a great deal of research I decided to try out Diverxo in Madrid.
David Muñoz is one of the young talented successors of Ferran Adria, he recently got his second Michelin star, and is now part the same club as other famous chefs like Anduriz, Quique Dacosta, Eneko and Dani Garcia.
David doesn’t follow this extremely local product oriented trend as Rene’s Noma, Kobe Desramaults In The Wulf or Chefproprietor Alexandre Gauthier from Le Grenouillere, David on the other hand combines ingredients from all over the world and cooks them mainly using Asian techniques and to be honest IT WORKS!
A few dishes at Diverxo brought out in me a level of surprise and excitiement, in some ways comparable to our first visit at Noma. If David has something in common with the other top restaurants in the North of Europe it is the demystification of the fine dinning experience, no white glove service, gold silverware, obligatory fake greeting and unnecessary pretense, just pure “buen rollo” and fusion.
While all the dishes were creative and well crafted I have to say the desserts didn’t transport me to the land of awe. That being said I truly enjoyed every morsel that was laid before me, finely plated like a piece of art.
Bull tail bitter soup, smoked eel, tomato heart, sea noodles
Bull tail crunchy sandwich with baby eels
Dim sum – chicken noodles, and carabinero shrimp
Pork skin with black sesame brioche, salmon roe and cherry sauce
Aranjuez strawberry with kimchi, yogurt and baby squid
Tuna belly – Warm wine shoot charcoal-grilled Tuna belly, fried egg brick, black garlic alioli and tomato
Monkfish – flash glazed monkfish in Wok with violate potato and White asparagus
Sole – Deep fried flour-less sole with duck egg, with bacon ice cream and palo cortado noodles
Beef – Beef with herring and tomato, peanut butter, yuzu, lime and cidra.
Black cod – Black cod with game sauce
Dessert 1: wasabi ice cream, carrot and pickles
Dessert 2: wasabi ice cream, yuzu and chocolateOverall one of the MUST go restaurants in Madrid and a destination for the foodies looking for new experience. Other amazing review by
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