Estadio

I had dinner here with girlfriends on 1-18-2017. Everything was good but nothing was remarkable. The ambiance was nice enough: I don’t remember hearing music but I didn’t notice a lack of it, the temperature was fine and the decor was visually appealing if not super comfy. The host was super nice but the waiter, while helpful, seemed a little bored with us.


Atmosphere: 3 of 5
Food & Drink: 3 of 5

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The drinks were honestly a little confusing (so much sherry!) but after having each one explained to us we ordered. Ruth’s bourbon lemon drink was SO GOOD, which is surprising given that I’m not a brown liquor gal. My wine was almost salty but not bad. My main interest in Maeve’s was that it was served in a coupe.

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The food was good but I was still kind of comparing to Boqueria, whose tapas I honestly preferred to this.

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Croqueta de jamon (pickles). We started with this, which was good in the way anything fried is kind of good. I will say the pickle was a nice contrasting flavor.

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Fava bean and almond spread (fava bean, almond, pimenton, picos). This was sort of like hummus. It was good but surprisingly large and we didn’t finish it all.

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Fried globe eggplant (eggplant, aioli, raw honey). Oh man was this good. Like the croquetas it was good in a sort of “fried food tastes good” way. And yet that being said I’d still eat it all day everyday.

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Montadito with jamon de Serrano and Manchego (grilled country bread, jamón Serrano, Manchego, tomato, olive oil, salt). This was good but sort of tasted like bruschetta with ham on top. I wanted more of the jamon and manchego taste, less tomato.

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Seared scallops  (scallops, cauliflower, salbitxada sauce). For some reason the cauliflower and sauce were my favorite parts although the scallops were delicious. Not pictured: the crispy pork belly bocadillo (pork belly, pickled shishito pepper aioli), which I would highly recommend!

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Sautéed shrimp (shrimp, garlic, parsley, red chili, lemon). This was good but not as good as Boqueria. The lemon flavor was nice but Boqueria had a much more intense garlic flavor overall that I really liked; Estadio’s were too subtle for me.

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Hangar steak (hanger steak, patatas riojanas, valdeón sauce). While this tasted fine it was definitely rare when we ordered medium rare. I think I would have liked it more had it been a little more done.

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The pineapple tart was quite good. I really enjoyed the crust, which I think was almond based.

Overall Estadio was solid and felt authentic but I couldn’t help comparing it to Boqueria. 

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