In contrast to the perennially-crowded nearby Tia Pol
, El Quinto Pino has a more sedate feeling, perhaps given its clever layout. The restaurant got a sleek makeover in early 2010, and the menu by renowned chef-owner Alexandra Raij has some stunning options. While much has been written about the divine garbanzos with spinach and its classic salmorejo
, a heavenly thick tomato soup with small pieces of chorizo and hard-boiled egg, it is the solid meat dishes that really impress here. Those wonderful gambas
, head-on shrimp with garlic, the pringa
, a mixed-meat sandwich served in waxed paper, as well as an open-faced beef brisket are truly heavenly. A nice variety of Spanish wines, beer and other drinks make this intimate setting a great place to kick back after a long day at work.