Respond to Review of CLOSED: Mamina
Review: We were in Madrid for three months, and ate at virtually every vegetarian/vegan restaurant listed on Happy Cow. We did not like any of them that much -- we found the dishes to be generally bland, overcooked, uninspired. Mamina opened it doors a few weeks before we left, and we did not get the opportunity to eat there until our last night in Madrid. What a great little restaurant! The decor is cute, and the staff was very friendly and welcoming. Everything on the menu sounded appetizing, and the dishes sounded healthy too (as you know, just because a dish is vegetarian does not make it healthy). We had the quinoa/spinach salad (cold -- good) and some bulgar escallopine (at least I think that's how the menu described it -- what it was was two bulgar patties, served hot, with some sweet salsa and some leafy vegetables -- excellent) for the first course, and then had the had the vegetarian hamburger for the second course. The hamburger was just a patty, no buns, but it was excellent as well. It was made of some kind of grain, I can't remember what right now, but it was excellent as well. For dinner, they offered a set price menu of 11 euros for a first course, second course, drink, bread, and dessert, which is an excellent deal. I had carrot cake for dessert which was good as well. We bought two bran/raspberry muffins to go (to eat on the plane), and they were delicious as well -- wish we had bought more. The menu was handwritten (perhaps because the restaurant is so new), and did not identify vegan dishes, but everything we ate (with the exception some parmesan cheese shavings on the quinoa salad) appeared to be vegan, and I think they would be responsive to questions about which dishes were or could be made vegan (our waitress, a real sweetheart, has been a vegan for 15 years). Non-smoking restaurant, of course. Highly recommended!