El Mercado meaning “market” in Spanish resonates the culture very well across the café. The quaint-looking noshery is a birth of sheer passion for Spanish food and is bona fide experts. Authentic Spanish food has a long-pending due in the city, unlike fusion food has many options. El Mercado stands tall with class, food and uniqueness. Must say an original Tapas café amidst us.
The first thing that invariably catches your attention is the open kitchen. What they cook is what you see. Without any doubts, the upholstered wooden furniture’s tucked to the exposed brick walls is an epitome of classic café in Spain serving tapas. The café retains its Bohemian spirit with portraits, paintings & large mirrors.
As told to us, the menu was not built overnight and after a lot of variations, the best cuisines made it to the menu. There is Desayuno, Montaditos etc. to please your taste buds.
To start, we had Cortado Coffee freshly roasted & 100% Arabica with a blend of Espresso mixed with an equal amount of warm milk. Next in line was delectable Gambas Al Ajillo, as tasty it can get with Prawns, Garlic and Olive oil served with bread. The Beetroot Borani with Chickpeas, Arugula & Feta was so delicious that we wiped it all. Not to miss the Huevos Con Benedictinos made up of Eggs, Spinach, Mushroom and Garlic Aioli. We also tried Montaditos which are tapa-sized rolls of bread with a twist different flavours).
For desserts, there is Crema Catalana – the quintessential dessert of Catalan prepared in a citrus infused cream with cinnamon and crunchy layers of caramelized sugar. It's the same as Crème Brulee. We finished with Flan De Caramelo and can’t wait to come back again for the Paellas.