Respond to Review of CLOSED: Isla del Tesoro - Manuela Malasana
Review: A friend of mine found the listing for this place. Despite living in Madrid for 4 months I'd never heard of it. What a find! Our first attempt to eat was thwarted by out-of-date opening times, but we went there for Sunday lunch. No reservation required - we got there at 1.45 pm. The place itself is beautiful inside. Lit with candles or low lamps, there are lots of little niknaks (not to mention the purple velvet double bass just inside the door!) It is based on Pacific Island cuisine and culture which leads to an interesting fusion of Asian and Indian. It's also macrobiotic. The aperitif that is automatically brought to your table was gorgeous. Warm cooked chickpeas in olive oil and (paprika?) with caramelised onions, topped with garlic mayonnaise, with a basket of fresh, dark, nutty and/or fruity bread. My friend had the jungleburger and home made fries - very tasty, and I went for glass noodles with red curry and cashew nuts. I can safely say it was the best veggie meal I have had in years. Both dishes were cooked to perfection, beautifully presented and interesting. We were so full, we couldn't even consider dessert, unfortunately (!) so we went for fresh mint tea. Divine. Just a week later, I went again with a different friend, this time for Sunday dinner (9.30). We'd reserved, which was a good idea as it was fairly busy. The aperitif was the same (fortunately as I'd been really looking forward to it!). This time I had kinotto (risotto made with quinoa instead of rice) with green leaves (chard and chicory we think!). My friend had the Energy Wok - a stirfry full of healthy, energy boosting veg and spirulina. We had a bottle of the house white wine (organic and vegetarian) which was perfectly drinkable, and only €10. The staff are friendly, unobtrusive, and wear beautiful blue crossover almost kimono-style tops, and black trousers. Over the back tables, hangs a sort of fishing net strung with twinkling white fairy lights. If you're in Madrid, I would say this is a must but I would recommend booking. Check the opening hours too (the website is currently distinctly lacking in up-to-date info).