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Saturday 25th of November 2017
Vicki Fletcher 14th of May 2012 by admin 29th of July 2012
A Sin to Enjoy

finds sought-after Wagyu beef at Madrid’s Pecado Carnal restaurant

In a country where pork rules every dinner table and at home I tend to cook mostly vegetarian fare, I’ve been craving a good beef burger for a while now.
    This is where Pecado Carnal (literally, Meat Sin) steps in. Tucked away in the Barrio de las letras, this friendly bar specialises in Wagyu beef, originally from the Kobe region of Japan, where they have been producing the world’s most sought after beef for centuries. For those who are unfamiliar with this ecological way of raising cattle, fear not as there is an explanation written on one of the restaurants blackboards. The cattle “drink beer, eat selected grains and are raised in stables where ambient music plays while they receive relaxing massages (in order to evenly distribute the fat around the body).”
    Pecado Carnal has a relaxing ambience too. Upon entering, my friend and I are greeted with a smile and invited to make ourselves at home at any one of A peek at the interior the tables in the small, cosy space. Decorated with simple warm colours and with faint rhythmic soul music filling the air, it’s easy to relax in the atmosphere with our smooth Ribera red wine and tostada de salmón (salmon toast) tapa. The wine list is excellent, offering some of the best wines from Spain.
When it’s time to order our starters, our friendly waitress suggests the house specialty, croquetas de chiperones (small sardines) and the popular ensalada de ruscus, tomates cherry y parmesana (rocket, cherry tomato and parmesan salad) accompanied by a suave balsamic. A to-die-for mix of cheese and vinegar with the hint of tart rocket, I could easily eat another serving. But the main course is calling. I choose another house specialty: the black garlic Kobe burger accompanied by a mild wasabi mayonnaise. Black garlic, popular in Asian cooking, is produced when garlic cloves are fermented at high temperatures, creating a deliciously sweet caramelised flavour. My friend chooses the caramelised onion Kobe burger, and both come accompanied by the house side dish of creamy mashed potato. To finish, our waitress tells us we must try one of the three desserts on the menu. We opt to share the chocolate brownie with real strawberry ice cream and chocolate sauce. The quality equals the previous courses. Perhaps a little over-indulgent, but it’s the perfect amount of sweet to balance the sapid savoury.
A true hidden gem, this restaurant boasts great service, delicious food, and quality and presentation, at a very reasonable price. What’s more, at present, on your second visit with a friend they’ll offer you a discount on their Kobe burger accompanied by a bottle of Lambrusco! Or, just cut out the coupon on their ad in this issue to avail of the offer today.

Pecado Carnal. C/del Fúcar, 9. (Metro: Antón Martín). Tel: 91 825 60 22. Starters €4-8; main courses from €12. Mon-Sun, 12pm-2am. See http://pecado-carnal.com

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