Did everyone have a lovely Easter/Passover/Weekend? I have much to update this week, so check back throughout the week for updates. Today I’m going to back track a little to last weekend, when Michelle Lindsey and I went to El Cid on Sunset.
I parked on a side street and walked down Sunset to El Cid. I dressed up for the occasion (flamenco dancing and a three course meal), so I was wearing a dress with tights and heels. I didn’t realize quite how flowy this dress was and walking down the wind tunnel of Sunset, meant that I gave a lot of people a show. Lets just say it was a full moon out.
I finally got to the front of El Cid, which I’ve passed many times before. The interesting part of El Cid is the mysteriousness of the entrance off Sunset.
The building is below Sunset, so when walking in you have to go down several flights of stairs which lead you to a courtyard and into a very dark/red lit room and bar. The lead-up to entering the restaurant makes you feel like your stumbled upon a hidden gem.
We ordered a pitcher of sangria to share and got ready for our ladies night out.
I should preface that we had a BuyWithMe (which is now Gilt) that they restaurant was no longer accepting. That was a bummer, especially because we told them we had the deal when we booked it. Although they said they could give us the discounted price, we still had to pay and then request our money back from BuyWithMe. Since BuyWithMe is now Gilt, Gilt couldn’t pay us back but instead gave us all a credit. King of a pain, and I’m starting to see the downside of getting Groupons/Gilt/LivingSocials.. etc. But that said, the restaurant did give us the discount and we still had a lovely time.
The first course was a cold tomato soup puree. So yummy. And our waiter was very conscious of time, as he wanted us to finish by 8pm for the show. He was very gracious and speedy. My main meal was the salmon. Very delicious and a good sized portion. It was very hearty. all the courses were yummy and you do get your moneys worth. While we ate we could head the band practicing behind the red curtain on the stage before us. We can also hear the dancers clapping their feet to the beat.
Eventually, the curtain rose and we got a solid 45-50 minutes of dancing and music entertainment. It was so well done. They all seem to really enjoy what they do.
When the show ended, the dancers and musicians came around to all the tables to talk with the audience about what they do. We had a great time and I’m so glad I got to visit the mysterious, acclaimed, historic, El Cid.