Extra Virgen Bar de Maestros de Hojiblanca is a temporary extra virgin bar in Mercado de Antón Martín.
The big news is that Maestros Hojiblanca promoting this brand new concept, the first oil bar in a food market will pair for each bottle of extra virgin oil a different tapa, specifically designer by chef Javier Goya from restaurante TriCiclo.
The most interesting thing is the concept, you can’t pick the tapa you want to try, you need to choose the oil before, and then comes the matching tapa.
Once again a very special event in Mercado de Antón Martín, that to me is one of the most food market in Madrid.
I guess the idea of this concept come out in order to show and inform consumers about a great new introduction in Hojiblanca products, to inform ad to stay closer inside an iconic market of Madrid.
They are launching three new labels and applying a simplified version of a professional testing metric to their oils. Each wine is measured on a scale from 1 to 4 in two different values, the first is how fruity the oil is, and the second is how spicy it is.
This Código de Sabor is applied not only to the three new tastes but also to the super classic extra virgin “el nuestro”.
The three new tastes are:
Alegre with a fruity evaluation of 2 and a spicy evaluation of 1, it’s the fresh oil, the most delicate and elegant. The taste is definitely fresh, reminds me of summer, the grass and I think it will perfectly match with tomatoes. Probably the chef thought the same designing a tapa with a fresh gazpacho with figs.
Picaro has 3 fruity point and you might have guessed it’s the most spicy so 4 spicy points. It’s an EVO oil of contrast, I’ve just tried for lunch at home and it’s a pleasure to each a good dish of spaghetti al peperoncino with this oil. It’s reminds me the typical spicy oil we use on pizza and other typical food, but this is an everyday oil, perfect as the final touch when serving a delicious meal.
Bravio has the opposite values of the Picaro, it’s 4 fruity and 3 spicy, a strong taste again but same situation, it’s an everyday oil that can perfectly paired with lots of food and represent a stronger version of the Alegre. The tapa with cecina and artichokes, with a touch of amaretto sauce is incredible, a great combination of flavours, I think it’ll be amazing with a racion of cecina and some parmigiano pieces on. One of my favourite summer dishes.
Hojiblanca is a top of mind oil label in Spain so I guess you will find it at your marketplace, but what really worth a try, and it’s a short term try, is the Extra Virgen Bar de Maestros de Hojiblanca.
Three weeks of time to enter Mercado de Antón Martín from Calle Santa Isabel and find on the first floor right in front of the entrance, this beautiful white and cleaned space that will welcome everyone to try the tapas designed by a chef from the barrio and most of all learn a bit more about one of the most important ingredients of our cuisine, a high quality extra virgin oil exclusively present at its best.
What: Extra Virgen bar de Maestros de Hojiblanca
Where: Mercado de Antón Martín, Puesto 16. C/ Santa Isabel, 5.
When: from the 8th of June for 3 weeks.