I went as soon as I heard. First to the El Corte Ingles branch in Callao. Went home disappointed. Next day, I visited the branch in Calle Serrano but the queue was way too long.
When my friends from Manila arrived in Madrid, I lost no chance to go again. No long lines! Sat in the bar and prepped for our order of Smokey Razor Clams with shiso ponzu sauce and coconut cream. Tasted divine --- and it's only the appetizers!
The cerveza matched the Navajas (razor clams) perfectly. We didn't miss ordering the Bone Marrow --- roasted and served with churros. Yes, churros! Cholesterol overload.
Next came the Pekinese Dumplings of pig's ears -- so crunchy -- with an unusual dip of strawberry hoisin sauce aoili. Whoa! Only in StreetXO. I'd make another trip if only for these dumplings.
The Skate Ribs was next. Plated in banana leaves and doused with Indonesian Sambal Sauce and a smear of Salmorejo looked fancy but tasted good.
StreetXO in El Corte Ingles' Gourmet Experience at the top floor is worth the 2 Michelin stars it earned. Not your typical "hole-in-the-wall" --- so go visit and make sure they explain the dish to you to prep you for a gustatory adventure.