an A- in 100 Montaditos.

27 Jun

[Please pop on over to my new blogger friend Kristen’s blog, Anywhere There’s an Airport. I’m mentioned in today’s post!]

For those of you who have followed my 100 Montaditos challenge – here’s the final score. While I didn’t make it ALL the way through the menu (100 mini sandwiches), I still managed to get an A-. That’s right, I have tried 90 of those 100 bad boys. I loved most of them, liked a lot of them, and disliked only a couple, and the remaining ten are ones I would be least likely to enjoy.

the bible. (or 100 Montaditos' menu for sarcasm beginners)

What were numbers 89 and 90? Well, they were #60 – Tuna with Natural Tomato and Anchovy (I picked off the anchovy because, well, I don’t really like them!) and #47 – Duck Paté with Berry Jelly. This one was surprisingly good. The idea of paté weirds me out, but the combination with the sweet jelly was delicious!

me trying (and liking) montadito #90

I’ve also racked up some favorites over the course of this “challenge” – and if you go to a 100 Montaditos (and you better, if you’re ever in Madrid) here’s what you should order:

Bebida – I personally recommend the jarra de cerveza (with any sandwich it’s ONE euro for a large beer). Sometimes I mix things up and order a clara (half beer, half lemon soda) or a tinto de verano (like sangria, but fizzy).

Salad – The Ensalada César is delicious and hard to go wrong for 3,90 euro (and only 2 euros on Wednesdays). It’s hard to find a good salad in Spain, let alone a Ceasar salad!

some montaditos, tinto de verano, a jarra de cerveza, and the ensalada césar.

And then, what really matter: my favorite montaditos!

#70 – Pollo Asado con Salmorejo (Grilled Chicken with a gazpacho-like sauce from Córdoba).

#80 – Lomo al ajillo con mojo picón y cebolla crujiente (Pork loin with chopped garlic, picón sauce, and crunchy onion). Does that not SOUND delicious?

#90 – César – Pollo asado con salsa césar, lechuga, queso ibérico, y cebolla crujiente. (Grilled chicken with ceasar dressing, lettuce, Spanish cheese, and crunchy onion).

#95 – Barbacoa – Pollo asado, bacon, queso cheddar, cebolla crujiente, y salsa barbacoa. (Grilled chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, crunchy onion, and barbecue sauce).

my roommate Alia and I sipping on some claras.

our friend Alejandro and I at Cien...where else would we be?

are you hungry yet?

…and the 10 montaditos that have yet to be tried?

#10 – Mousse de Pato (Duck Paté)

#17 – Crema de Queso (Cream Cheese)

#48 – Mousse de Pato con cebolla crujiente (Duck Paté with crunchy onion)

#49 – Mousse de Pato con aceitunas (Duck Paté with olives)

#53 – Ensaladilla con anchoas (Russian salad with anchovies)

#55 – Anchoas con queso azul (Anchovies with blue cheese)

#57 – Salmón con crema de queso (Salmon with cream cheese)

#69 – Anchoas con tomate natural (Anchovies with tomato)

#72 – Crema de queso con anchoas (Cream cheese with anchovies)

#82 – Pirata: Gulas con gambas y crema de queso (Fake baby eel with shrimp and cream cheese)

You may notice a trend – I’m not wild about the idea of paté, anchovies, or cream cheese. I’ve never liked cream cheese, the consistency weirds me out. (On bagels I put butter or peanut butter, I know that question would follow).

If you’re heading to Madrid, go to 100 Montaditos – my favorite (and convenient locations) are near the Palace (Metro: Ópera), at Plaza Santa Ana (Metro: Sol or Sevilla) and on Calle Montera (Metro: Gran Via).

the Ópera location.

Tonight is my last night in Madrid and my friends will be indulging me in one last trip to “cien” as we call it. We’ll be going to my favorite one (Plaza Santa Ana) and I’m officially hanging my hat on the challenge so I can order a couple of my very favorite sandwiches.

plaza santa ana + the cien menu. basically sums me up.

This place is awesome and I am lucky I found out about it – it will be the single restaurant I’ll miss most when I am back in the states…but since there’s a Miami location it’ll only be a matter of time before I have a new list of 100 to try!


Have you ever been to a Cervecería 100 Montaditos? Is my obsession ridiculous or warranted? Or have you ever tried to sample everything on the menu somewhere else? 

9 Responses to “an A- in 100 Montaditos.”

  1. Ameena June 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    I came over here from Kristen’s blog and now I want to go to Spain even more!

    It’s nice to ” meet” another blogger from California!

    • gillian June 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

      Hi Ameena! Thanks! Looking forward to following your blog as well!

  2. Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport June 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    Thanks for the shout out! 🙂

    I can’t believe you made it through 90 montaditos!! You are a rock star! It is quite the hang out place. There is one right by my place too!

    Thinking of you today while you travel. There is nothing like landing home for the first time! Enjoy!!!

    • gillian June 28, 2011 at 11:46 am #

      Thanks Kristen! I am currently at the DC airport using their free wifi. Already impressed by how efficient and organized everything is! Hope you’re having a good start to your week so far



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