WARNING: This article contains references to locally sourced grass-fed meat, namely pork. I am not a vegetarian, I am a locavore, which means I eat as sustainably and locally as possible.
Clarita’s is a study in white. It’s a tucked away little gem of the place in Malasaña with a bar at the front and restaurant in back. The walls are simply decorated with bench and pillow seating with wooden tables along one wall, vintage bird cages and antique sideboards on the other, giving it a bit of a whitewashed English cottage feel.
The menus are easy to read, available in both English and Spanish, and are helpfully marked with many dietary symbols such as gluten-free, vegetarian, soy, lactose, shellfish, eggs, etc. About half the menu was vegetarian. After a bit of stumbling over the language barrier, we found the service to be excellent. I visited with my boyfriend and Aunt and Uncle, and we ordered the ecological Becquer Rioja wine. We found it to be deliciously light and soft, with a rich aftertaste.
The pumpkin raviolis were wonderful and even the less adventurous of us (that’s me) loved the octopus, which was served in a delicious sauce. But the artichokes in some sort of balsamic olive oil sauce were simply divine, next time I will order at LEAST two plates of these.
Those of us that enjoy raw fish (not I) said the cerviche was also quite good. Three of the four of us ordered the tournedo, a sort of bacon wrapped pork with mushrooms. It was artfully arranged with little chopped pears around the edges, and tucked into a bed of carrot puree.
For dessert we had torrija brioche, which was excellent and quite possibly sugar-free, as it was quite savory with more of an eggy taste. We also ordered the apple tart with vanilla ice cream.
The noise volume was low so we were able to hear one another’s conversation quite well and enjoy the mellow music. Prices were pretty good for a nice restaurant, ranging from €15-19.
We found that Clarita’s has a simple elegance hard to find in Madrid, and highly recommend going there. Disfrutala!
Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 19