I’m surprised that I never really paid much attention to this little neighbourhood bar before now, but alerted by some recent social media praise I decided to pay it a visit. The bar has, in fact, changed hands just a few months ago, and according to affable barman and co-owner Chía, has reasserted some of its more traditional roots. I knew I’d love it as soon as I spotted the sherry menu and we promptly ordered some manzanilla en rama and mango vermouth.
Charcuterie, cheeses and montaditos are the mainstays, but there is also a reasonable tapas menu, from which we selected some albondigas (meatballs), followed by carrillada (braised pork cheeks), both excellent. We also sampled some Payoyo cheese in rosemary, which Chía assured us was the real deal (apparently there is a lot of dodgy “payoyo” out there).
The bar is quite small, though there are a few tables at the back, and a good-sized terrace outside, and it has the kind of friendly, relaxed atmosphere that makes you feel right at home. Open for breakfast, which is served until 12.30, the bar actually stays open all day, and a lovely dessert display appears on the bar for merienda. And being an abacería, you’ll also find some terrific artisanal preserves and tinned goods that you can take home with you.
Tel 653 033 343
Open 8.00 – midnight Monday – Friday
9.00 – midnight Saturday – Sunday
€ € €
Food 7 | Wine 9 | Service 9 | Ambiance 8
manzanilla en rama and mango vermouth
Payoyo cheese with housemade red pepper jam
pork and jamón meatballs
braised pork cheeks (carrillada)
manager and co-owner Chía