Do you remember Owen Wilson in “Midnight in Paris” prowling the streets between parties, cocktails and literary circles, hobnobbing with Gertrude Stein and drinking with Buñuel? That is what you will find in Caripén, a Lola Flores flamenco show converted to a bistro by the French Daniel Boute. Hidden to some, but obvious to others, Caripén is located next to the Senate and just a tiny walk from the Theatre Royal. At any given time, the dimly lit underground location is home to senators, actors, opera fans, and other creatures of the night. Only open for dinner, but until 3am, the house fare is French but also with a section devoted to the Italian chef Marcelo Chiorazzo that includes finger-licking mussels, escargot Bourguignon, a Magret duck for two, succulent pork or tasty buttered oysters Guiillardeu. On the Italian side you have tortellini with truffle, black pasta with shrimp or the best-selling Parmesan and tomato pizza. Simple yet totally delicious. For dessert, all homemade: a thin, delicate apple pie or a delicious chocolate cake with sour cream and orange. With it’s huge portions and more than ample timetable, you will never want to leave. Come to the Caripén, let the bohemian gourmet of days past take you away.
Hours: Monday to Saturday 21:30 to 3:00 pm
Average price: 40 – 45 euros
Text: Paula Móvil
Photos: Marcos Ortiz.
Translation: Brett Piron