I went to Café Madrid to have a true Spanish meal. I went at 10:30 on a Thursday night, so there was not too much traffic in the dimly lit restaurant, but there were more people than I expected. I was immediately intrigued by the little stage that they have at the front of the restaurant that probably has a band playing traditional Spanish music during busier hours. I had the Tortilla Espanola and was really surprised by what I received. On the menu, it was described as a Spanish omelet, so I figured I had probably had something similar before. As it turns out, it was more of a pie with an egg taste. I thought it was very simple and plain taste, but my favorite part of the meal was the sauce that was served. It had a little bit more of a flavor and provided a good balance.
I learned a good amount by taking this trip, my favorite was the way that the waiter or manager came around and talked with all of the tables and was very personable with the customers. I, being a big fan of relaxing and traditional music, was therefore a fan of the stage that they had. One of the things that I do when I am deciding where I want to go eat, the most important factor is the atmosphere or environment of the restaurant and I really enjoyed the relaxed nature of this late night culture shift.
My take-away for this activity would be to always ask the waiter to really describe the meal as I order it, it's not that I thought it was bad, but the fact that I didn't know what to expect. I now know that the same words such as "tortillas" do not necessarily mean the same exact things.