Going for a walk in Retiro Park is always a great idea. It’s even better if after (or before) you go to one of the taverns around the Ibiza area for some beers. And some tapas, of course!
One of the taverns we’re talking about is La Castela, a spot as popular as it is traditional. Its bar and high tables are always full, but with a little patience and luck you’ll find somewhere to put your beer (which they poured expertly, to our delight) and its accompanying tapa (another thing we absolutely adore).
La Castela is bar and restaurant. On this occasion we opted to share some raciones (‘servings’ to share) and stood at one of the high tables in the bar area near the entrance. The original idea was just to snack a bit, but we ate more than enough to leave satisfied. However, seeing that it was so full, we do recommend calling in advance to reserve for the restaurant area if you want to sit down.
In the bar. their large menu is displayed in a frame on the wall. It has seafood raciones, salads, revueltos (a scrambled egg type dish), meats and fish. There are also plenty of pinchos (smaller, individual portions) for those who prefer an appetizer rather than a meal.
The food you’ll find here is classic Spanish food, with high quality ingredients and a sleek presentation. Both tradition and modernity well understood.
What we tried:
Arroz meloso con pulpo y calamar:
Rice in broth with octopus and squid
This rice was excellent. It had an intense flavour, with tons of octopus and squid cut into small pieces that made it easy to eat. The rice was cooked perfectly and the serving (ración) was generous.
Solomillo al oloroso con foie:
Fragrant sirloin topped with foie gras
As soon as I tried the first bite I knew that this was one of the best sirloins I had ever tried. The meat fell apart in my mouth. It was charred on the outside but red on the inside. And if that wasn’t enough, the foie on top. I enjoyed every single bite to the fullest. Ex-cel-lent. I know I’ll go back to have this one again!