Thursday, August 10, 2023
Wednesday, August 9, 2023
This decade has been a breakthrough for Cuenca in the culinary arts department. The last two years has seen a plethora of upscale restaurants which have opened in the city, and most of them are located along Parque Calderon. I did quite an online spread some months ago on Matilde Mansuon Restaurant A restaurant that brought stature to the culinary scene, with its many rooms resplendent with different décor in each room, and styled after Versailles Palace just outside of Paris. The food and service is excellent, and below is the link to Matilde.
The reason I mention Matilde , is that it is just across Parque Calderon from Madame . Similar in design in that both occupy the second floor of their respective buildings. Each restaurant is divided into a multiplicity of dining rooms, with each room decorated in its own style from the other rooms. Matilde strikes me as more proper and aristocratic in its décor, when contrasted with Madame. Some of the rooms in Matilde where the ceilings are painted with skies and cherubs, was befitting Louis the XVI and his queen, Marie Antoinette, before they both lost their heads with the beginning of the French Revolution.
Jim Mola ready for a night out with friends at Madame .
Madame, on the other hand, is classy and gorgeous and has its own style of panache.
Let us begin our tour of Madame .
Madame is like a gentleman's club of the turn of the last century through most of the first half of the 20th century. The dandy above with his top hat, tux, and cane sets the tone. It may very well have been a place in general where the well-heeled gentlemen might find the madams most to their liking as well for the evening.
Ironically, the drink isn't just delivered on a plate, and I am surprised I never took a photo. However, the plate also includes some kind of dry plants, which the waiter lites as it sets off a fire and the plants deliver the scent of incense, which floats around the table until the fire burns out. I don't know if that has some spiritual significance, or if it is just a novelty the restaurant created. However, it is a nice touch.