A city of good food
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I had returned to the hotel and I was out walking around my hotel after a full day of meetings. I left the hotel and wandered around in the area before I felt like getting something to drink. La Factoria looked like a cold place without any ambiance when I passed by but I decided for some reason to enter. It had been a long day on top of the long trip to Zaragoza the day before. I felt like a cold beer would do the trick and I ordered a large one. The waitress who turned out be a very nice girl asked me twice to be certain that I wanted a large one because it is not normal in Spain to order them.
She picked up a jar from the freezer and served the beer. The tap was mounted on a green thing that was hanging down from the ceiling that looked like it would have been more a appropriate in the machine room of a ship.
I decided to leave the place and find something to eat, I was quite hungry as I had been given some snacks for lunch and a couple of tapas in the bar. I knew it was early Spanish time but I decided to see if it was possible to get some food.
I entered the La Scala restaurant as the first customer at 8.30 pm – actually I had to wait in their bar before they gave me permission to sit at a table.
I was given the menu while I decided to continue with the wine I had enjoyed while I was waiting in the bar, which had been a local one. I quickly decided on my dishes that were a mix of dishes from the menu and the chef’s recommendations. I was given a lovely gazpacho as an appetizer followed by some amazing Iberico Jamon served with toasted bread covered with tomato juice with garlic. The ham was really amazing. Thereafter I was given a carpaccio with a parmesan ice cream in the middle. It was the first time I tasted parmesan ice cream and it was perfect match.
My main dish was a entrecote with mashed potatoes. I had asked to have it rare and it almost said muh. I really liked the fact that the chef had sprinkled lots of salt flacks all over. The final kill was something I never had tasted before and I must say that the mojito sorbet was something special; it was very fresh and I could still taste the alcohol that gave the sorbet an extra kick.
I finalized the meal with an espresso and a local brandy and it was an amazing meal and the biggest surprise was small bill I was left with for this magnificent meal.