I used to always imagine flamenco as this passionate dance that took place in darkened stages. During a recent trip to Spain I finally got the chance to visit a Tablao Flamenco. I was happy to see that it was everything I always imagined and even more.
The place we visited also offers dinner with the show. This made it the perfect place to visit with my family. We all had a lot of fun watching the show while tasting some authentic food from Spain.
Before my trip to Spain whenever I thought of flamenco dancing I got images in my head of a dark stage and a woman with her castanets or a man and a woman embraced in a passionate, strong dance.
I was so surprised to see that Cardamomo offers exactly what I had envisioned.
I found Cardamomo while doing my research for this Spain trip. It was rated as one of the top places to see flamenco by the New York Times. I really respect their advice so I ended up deciding to visit the place with my family.
They offer a few different shows at night but because I am traveling with my young sons I decided to be there for the 6 p.m. show and dinner. As with all of the things in Spain, the show starts exactly at the time they say it will, so I’d recommend getting there early so you get enough time to order your drinks.
We ate dinner while watching the show.
Flamenco en Madrid – Cardamomo Tablao Flamenco – Dinner and the Show
The menu at Cardamomo offers quite a large selection of eats but I would suggest to order your food off of the traditional food menu. Everything we tried from it was incredibly delicious. It was so good that every time my kids didn’t want to eat something I’d feel happy to get another bite.
Here are some of the yummy traditional Spanish dishes we had:
Gazpacho – I have had this dish in many other restaurants but this was one of the best and freshest gazpacho soups I’ve tasted.
Tortilla Patata – Spanish omelet with potatoes. Sometimes it can even have mushrooms, ham and chorizo sausage.
Meatballs with mashed potatoes – This as our absolute favorite by far.
As I said before the show starts right on time so if you are coming for the show and drinks I recommend arriving a few minutes early so you have time to get comfortable and order the drinks. If you are coming for dinner I would suggest arriving at least thirty minutes early. This will allow you to order and start eating before the fun starts.
I also recommend making reservations so you can get a table near the stage. Feeling the pounding of the dancers and musicians and literally being as close to the energy as possible can make a lot of difference in your experience.
The show that we saw had two singers, two musicians and two dancers.
One thing that really caught my eye was the fact that the guitarist was not the one leading the dancers with whatever he was playing. Instead, he had to follow the dancers. It was brilliant to watch.
The dancers also gave us their very best. They had castanets (not all flamenco shows have this) and there was a couple dance (also, not all shows have this). And the bond, the connection with the dancers in a flamenco production really is powerful.
Interesting Information About Cardamomo
Cardamomo was founded in 1994.
It has been visited by recognized musicians such as Joaquín Cortés, Enrique Morente, Estrella Morente, Jorge Pardo, Antonio Carmona, Ramón El Portugués, and Raimundo Amador.
There are three daily acts with a new cast each month.
Flamenco was recognized in 2010 by UNESCO when it was included as “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”.
Cardamomo Tablao Flamenco was also recognized as Cultural Heritage of Madrid in 2014 by Ayuntamiento de Madrid.
The Cardamomo Foundation was created to encourage knowledge of the art of flamenco among audiences of all ages.
In October 2013 the Foundation began the project ‘El Flamenco también es Cosa de Niños’ [“Flamenco is also for kids”] whose main objective is to introduce this art to schools.
Address: Calle Echegaray 15 – Madrid – España
Phone: +34 918 051 038 / +34 691 022 117