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Despaña – Plate 65

They use the kitchen to showcase the wares on sale at the restaurant – it’s more of a provisioners than an eatery. Lydia hit us with everything on the menu here at Despaña, so I’m going to do this one Bouchon style (link):

Catfish BrandadaCatfish Brandada
This one was one of my favorites. The catfish and potatoes were smooth on a crispy cracker. Kind of like a shrimp toast. Must order #3.
Croquettes de BacalaoCroquettes de Bacalao

The cutaway version wasn’t so sexy looking, but Bacalao means cod. An expense account version of a fish stick.

Morcilla Blood SausageMorcilla Blood Sausage

Expense account version of a barbecue cocktail weenie crock pot.

Croquettes de SerranoCroquettes de Serrano

My least favorite item. It was softer than I’d expected inside and I thought the cheese was kind of tart against the Serrano Ham. The ham was excellent.

Manchego FlautaManchego Flauta

Must order #2. I think it was the quince paste that made this one for me. Sweet and savory (blood sausage) together FTW here.

Patates y Despaña ChorizoPatates y Despaña Chorizo

This one wasn’t super memorable. The thing is when we get so many small plates, there are a few amazing dishes, but there’s gonna be a few skips.


I wondered what this had to do with Pesto – turns out not much (wiki). It was like a ratatouille. Vegetable Jones + Plate of Vegetables = I don’t know how good this actually was, but I was pumped for it.

Don Bocarte PolpiDon Bocarte Polpi

If you ordered this because you wanted octopus, you would be very happy with it. I wasn’t ready for something this adventurous at this time of the day. What I can say is that the consistency of the octopus was astounding and the pseudo-scalloped potatoes with the dish worked well.

Catfish and Pequio PepperCatfish and Pequio Pepper

This was like a Chile Rellenos with catfish inside. Pretty great combination.

Flauta CastañasFlauta Castañas

Goat cheese, artichokes, pequio peppers, and chestnut paste. This was Julia Child’s last creation before she died, I am sure. Genius. These flautas were big winners for me.

churros and chocolateChurros and Chocolate

The circumference of these churros is smaller than the average churro and that made them more crispy throughout, a property that I enjoyed and Nancy didn’t. Who’s the best judge of crispiness? The world may never know.

best flan everThe Flan

In my notes, I just wrote:


Best … Flan … Ever. Must order #1.

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Guest Writer: Nancy MatsumotoHere’s her post

The IRL Arts Foundation and The Wandering Foodie thank Despaña for providing this meal.

408 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-5050

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  • wayupstate January 25, 2010, 5:08 pm

    Wow, everything looks amazing! Great pics, great review. I cannot open up your blog unless I have a plate of food in front of me. That's the rule!

  • darwing January 25, 2010, 8:44 pm

    Thank you for the suggestions. I so want to go here soon.

  • susanweissman February 2, 2010, 4:35 am

    One of my favoirtie places but you missed the fresh sardines!