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After all that Russian art that came before this post, we thought a post about a hearty meal is apt.

El Asador de Aranda is a chain of steakhouse in Spain that are well-known for their suckling lamb roasted in clay oven. We went to the one in downtown Madrid on Calle de Preciados. Given its central location, it is a bit touristy but we were hungry and a bit intrigued by its appearance.


We suspect the restaurant wants to replicate the ambiance of a castle and therefore surrounded the entire dinning space with heavy wooden panels – the kind one expect to see in a church or a court of law.


The almost-medieval decor gives the impression that the restaurant takes its food seriously, the old-fashioned way.


We trusted their statement despite its touristy location.


They claim to have over 50 years of experience in slow-roasting suckling lamb – their slogan is “el cordero como ya nadie lo cocina” (lamb like nobody cooks it anymore).


We ordered the touristy basics – started with sangria and gazpacho.


All good.


The steak was good. Probably because they showered it with salt flakes just before serving.


We order their specialty – a leg of lamb  – which they show you and then cut up into pieces. It was certainly very tender, but the steak was better if you ask me.


Here is the clay wood-burning oven and somebody’s order of steaks and half a lamb.


We are so used to going to the supermarket instead of the butcher – it is a bit startling to see a whole animal on a plate.


Reliable and recommendable. The chain’s website is here.

They have quite a few restaurants around the country, three in Madrid, three in Barcelona, and three in Aranda de Duero (a small town just north of Madrid) where they started.




One Comment

  1. Hi I’m leaving for Madrid again tonight: this post comes in handy cos u forgot the name of the restaurant! Thanks, Chris. And your series on Rissian art is ‘ educational’!

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