CLAWS: The Twin Lobster Special, served on Mondays and Tuesdays at Meson Madrid in Palisades Park, includes soup or salad, yellow rice and addictive house-made potato chips.
|CORAL: The split tails of both of my lobsters contained the roe or eggs, also called "coral," which some consider a gourmet treat.|
A minor complaint: Lobsters are easiest to eat when the shells are hard and crack open immediately, but the kitchen at Meson Madrid pre-cooks them to handle an anticipated rush in orders for the $23.95 special, resulting in softer claw and knuckle shells that are difficult to open.
The traditional Spanish restaurant also serves tapas, a 3-pound Certified Black Angus Steak, Filet of Sole stuffed with jumbo shrimp and many other dishes.
VIVA! A glass of delicious red wine from Bodegas Sonsierra in the Rioja region of Spain was $9.
SIDES: We asked for and received a second plate of the house-made chips.
SALAD: The salad comes with French dressing in a boat, but I could have done without the hard, bland tomato wedges.
BREAD: Meson Madrid serves bread better suited for making Cuban sandwiches, but the doughy loaf was hot and the crust crispy. You can ask for olive oil for dipping.
DETAILS: Meson Madrid Restaurant is at 343 Bergen Boulevard, Palisades Park; 201-947-1038. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner, free parking in lot. All the Monday and Tuesday specials are available at lunch or dinner.
DELIVERY FROM LOTUS CAFE: Luckily, we live within the 3-mile free delivery area of Lotus Cafe, 450 Hackensack Ave., in the Home Depot Shopping Center, Hackensack; 201-488-7070. Our order included Filet of Sole with Scallion and Ginger ($17.95), above; Chinese Broccoli sauteed with fresh garlic ($10.95), below; and Zar Jiang Mein, a dish of fat noodles in what the menu says is a "Xanadu meat sauce, Marco Polo's favorite" ($8.45).