El Imparcial is unlike any you’ve visited in La Latina. At least, it’s different than any restaurant we’ve ever visited in the area. And we are so glad we found it.
Walking from the La Latina metro towards the Tirso de Molina plaza, you’ll find this restaurant on the left side, nearly at the end of the street. It’s directly before Sabadell Bank. They will likely have a chalkboard menu on the sidewalk out front. Don’t be fooled! We were not overly impressed by the menu they had on the chalkboard but decided to go in and order from their regular menu. It was the best decision we made all day. Here’s why.
The downstairs portion of the restaurant is a very small bar area, again, fooling us into thinking we were not going to be very impressed, but as we walked up the stairs we were greeted by an amazing sculpture, a gorgeous entrance/bar area and an extremely friendly hostess. We felt like we’d stepped into another dimension.
The dining room was full (we hadn’t made a reservation) so we were seated in the bar area, which, honestly, was just fine by us. We don’t think there was a bad seat in the place. The decor is thought through down to the minute details. There are mirrors everywhere, plenty of windows with views of the street or all the plants they have in the interior patio and so many different light fixtures you don’t even know how many they have.
What we ordered:
Croquetas de rabo de toro
These were super creamy and rich. They had nice pieces of oxtail inside them, also, which I always love to see. They came in a serving of four, which for the two of us was a perfect portion.
Tartar de atún rojo con aguacate y grissini de sésamo
Red tuna tartar with avocado and a sesame breadstick
This was to die for. We savoured it down to the very last bite. I’d never seen a tuna so red and vibrant before. As you eat it, you discover different flavours. The richness of the tuna and the sesame oil, the smoky, wood flavour of the sesame seeds on top, the creaminess of the avocado, a slight spicy flavour that I couldn’t quite figure out and a delicate citrus flavour that at times was more intense and fresh. The breadstick on the side was a nice touch – it tasted just like those sesame crackers we used to eat as kids. This dish in particular went really well with the wine we ordered, El Perro Verde, a Rueda.
Tacos de cochinita pibil con guacamole y lima
Mexican slow-roasted pork tacos with guacamole and lime
My apologies. If you look closely at the photo, you can see that I literally couldn’t restrain myself from diving in and trying these. I had to put the taco back on the plate for the picture. Oops. Sorry! These tacos just smelled so good when they arrived at our table and, believe me, the meat was so tender that it was a real struggle to put it back down just for a picture. But, anything for our readers. They were served with a spicy sauce (actually spicy, my friend coughed when she tried it) that the waiter warned us about and another crème fraîche like sauce. I don’t like spicy, but the white sauce was on point.
Tarta rota de espuma de crema inglesa
Broken cake with an English cream foam
We asked the waitress before ordering, “What exactly is the tarta rota?” and she said “It’s exactly the way it sounds, served in a glass”. Well, yep, that’s right. It’s a spongy chocolate cake, broken apart, topped with English cream and crunchy chocolate cookie pieces. Need I say more? It was delicious. We will be back. On our list to try? Tataki de ventresca con jengibre y hoja de lima (tuna tataki with ginger and lime leaf), ceviche de corvina con guacamango (sea bass ceviche with what we can only assume is a mango guacamole), verduras a la parrilla con miso y romesco (grilled veggies with miso and romesco sauce), hamburguesa trufada con scamorza y cebolla crujiente (truffled hamburger with scamorza cheese and crispy onion) and carrilleras de ibérico con puré de boniato (pork cheek with a sweet potato puree). See all the options, here.