Great Cajun Food… In Madrid!

Yup, you read that right…the culinary delights of steamy New Orleans right in the dusty heart of Spain… who’d have thunk it?!

So, Saturday night, my pals Carmen and Olga hauled me into Madrid to check out this restaurant called Gumbo. Not the most original name, granted, but I shall forgive them, because the service was so good, it almost made me forget that I was in Spain!

Carmen had eaten at this place before and survived, so we knew it was unlikely to be a disaster. We hadn’t booked a table and we were really lucky to get in…

Gumbo

Any guesses as to what we had for our first starter?

Fried green tomatoes, of course!

Fried green tomatoes, what else?! Olga’s allergic to tomatoes, so she was forced to pass on those, but she mopped up the 1000-calories-a-droplet sauce with great gusto.

Our second starter: Baked mussels, lovely and cheesy :)

Our second starter: Baked mussels, all lovely and cheesy 🙂 Could have done with a tad less salt, perhaps, but otherwise perfect.

Carmen and I both had the Jambalaya for our mains. Just look at those glorious blackened giant prawns! Olga had a beef dish, which was fantastic, but, unfortunately not very photogenic.

Carmen and I both opted for the jambalaya for our mains. Just look at those glorious blackened giant prawns perched on top of the rice (which had quite a kick to it, let me tell you!)
Olga had a beef dish with creamy mashed potatoes. The meat was as flavourful as it was tender, but, unfortunately, it didn’t rank as the most photogenic of entrees. You can just about make out a glimpse of it in the back.

Banoffee pie. It had to be. A more humble (but not at all bad) carrot cake in the background.

Dessert…? Absolutely! Banoffee pie. It had to be. A more humble (but not at all bad) carrot cake in the background.

Would we go back there?

Hell, YES!!!

[Here’s the link to Gumbo’s website, in case you want to check it out for yourself.]

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21 thoughts on “Great Cajun Food… In Madrid!

  1. Anna

    Believe it or not but I have never had Cajun food in all my time in the US. I think I would like the spice palate but I also associate Cajun with shrimp and crawfish, and I HATE those with a fiery passion.

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      1. linnetmoss

        I looked it up. Wikipedia says carrots were used in cakes to make them sweet during the medieval period, and then had a revival in WWII Britain because of sugar shortages. I remember carrot cake from my childhood as well, in the early 70s. With plenty of cream cheese frosting!

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