Hello my beautiful Madrid friends.
Yerbabuena serves up hearty, healthy portions of food close to Plaza Mayor and Sol in Madrid. If you like bright fresh salads, rice and pasta dishes and sangría, you have come to the right place.
An immense menu will leave you with so many options to choose from, even if you are gluten free and vegetarian like me.
For the gluten free eaters out there: a stack of different rice cakes and dry breads.
An ‘amuse bouche’ from the chef: a cold sweet summer vegetable soup and a vegetable salad.
To drink we ordered some water and a jarra de sangría, which was pretty large and came with mixed fruits, like apples and oranges.
Nice and refreshing to beat the Madrid summer heat.
Next up, our salad arrived. The ‘Ensalada Pipirrana Jaenera con picadillo de verduras y aguacate al cilantro’ (gluten free and vegan):
It came on a bed of fresh salmorejo, bio black rice and avocado, topped with a stack of cabbage, sprouts, a square of tofu, peppers and lettuce. The Pipirrana Jaenera part of the salad is a kind of vegetable ratatouille, and together with the salad and the salmorejo mixed in, it was the perfect fresh combination.
Then came our main course, the ‘Pastel de Calabaza, calabacín, espinacas, zanahoria y tofu’ (gluten free and vegan):
This was a blend of summer vegetables and winter root vegetables, with potatoes on the side and a little red cabbage relish.
Then, came the creamiest dessert of them all (try to ask the waiter for the desserts that are in the fridge, not on the menu). We chose a creamy ‘natillas’ mousse with maracuyá topping (passionfruit).
The mousse was cool, creamy and delicious, lip-smackingly so, and the passion fruit top added a zingy fruity edge. The perfect end to a healthy, sustainable meal.
Calle Bordadores 3, Madrid
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