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There was a time when Hollywood stars they made the Palace, today The Westin Palace, their home. In its rooms, under its beautiful stained glass rotunda, especially in its bars and in its lounges, iconic personalities such as Charlton Heston, Sofia Loren, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant, Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles o David Niven, among many others. It was the sixties and in Spain blockbusters and films were shot that have gone down in history with their protagonists settled in this emblematic hotel in the capital.
They were glamorous times that no one has forgotten. Therefore, and as one of the activities to celebrate its centenary, the Palace has organized an exhibition with the costumes of five films shot in the capital: “El Cid”, “55 days in Beijing”, “Doctor Zhivago”, “The fall of the Roman Empire” and “Nicolas and Alejandra” accompanied by menu “Eat from cinema” that brings the flavor of these tapes to the table.
The original dress that Sofía Loren wore in her role as Doña Jimena in “El Cid”, Omar Sharif’s coat in “Dr. Zhivago”, the body that Ava Gadner wore to embody the Russian baroness Natalia Ivanoff or one of the kimonos silk embroidery from “55 Days in Beijing” … are some of the pieces that you can see and almost touch in the exhibition “The Palace dresses up as a cinema“, pieces that were made by the mythical Cornejo Tailoring, which has kept them for decades as true gems in the history of cinema, and that you will be able to see until August 27.
What to see and what to eat at the Palace film expo
Sixty years have passed since those times but the flavor of these films remains the same, now turned into classics of a Hollywood Golden that made history and it seems that it will not return. Precisely its flavor transferred to the dish has been commissioned Executive Chef of the Palace, José Luque, which has designed a menu with a gastronomic proposal inspired by these celluloid masterpieces.
The menu, which is tasted in the La Rotonda restaurant, under the dome, opens with the AVA cocktail in honor of Ava Gardner, to whom the Palace bartenders have dedicated a blue cocktail made up of vodka, coconut shake, curaçao and sugar. He is as refreshing and daring as she is, and with that innate glamor point that ‘The most beautiful animal in the world’ always had.
After starting in style, toasting with the “Tiffany” colored cocktail, the menu continues with a first course entitled “Russian Tartar”. It is inspired by “Dr. Zhivago“and brings to the plate an impossible love story from the beginning of the 20th century lived at sub-zero temperatures. It is made with smoked sardines, beets, cabbage and trout caviar.
Rollito Pekin 55 is the name of the second dish, inspired by the movie “55 Days in Beijing“It is a nod to this 1963 blockbuster in which the chef proposes us one of the delicacies enjoyed at the Chinese Imperial Court with the duck as the protagonist. And we have to say it, it has been our favorite, flavors from yesterday. up to date in an impeccable way.
The next dish is the Octopus wheels with polenta porridge, garum sauce and flakes of unleavened bread. It is a delicious dish that, evoking the gastronomic techniques of the period recreated in “The fall of the Roman Empire“, the chef has used in his creation one of the most popular sauces of the Roman times as well as the type of unleavened bread that they ate then.
The fourth dish is the Roast Castilian Lamb Shoulder, young leaves and sweet chives, a recipe with a flavor of the lands of Castile, honest and of excellent raw material, which links directly with El Cid, and the film of the same name that Charlton Heston and Sofia Loren starred half a century ago, in 1961.
In the favorite hour of those with a sweet tooth, that of dessert, this is inspired by one of the cruelest stories of the early 1900s, in “Nicholas and Alexandra”, which tells the story of the last Russian Tsar and his wife. But in this case it is much sweeter. It is the Russian Cake with raspberry cream with vodka.
And also, movie cocktails
The proposal for this initiative is even more complete as a selection of the favorite cocktails of the mythical stars of celluloid housed in the hotel, which you can order without having to enjoy the menu, are available in the 1912 Museum Bar so the ideal plan is to see the exhibition and then toast it and the interesting experience.
Among the cocktails that you can order, in addition to the AVA that we told you at the beginning, you also have the favorites of classic Hollywood superstars such as the famous Dry Martini that literally drove Cary Grant crazy, the classic and refreshing Margarita that Rita Hayworth liked so much or the Negroni that Orson Welles liked to drink at the Palace. There’s even an option with the popular whiskey on the rocks that David Niven was a devotee of. And if you join the Gin Tonic fashion that has been sweeping for years, then you can mark yourself a Marlon Brando, because it was his favorite drink.
The Comer de cine menu is priced at 60 euros per person and comes with drinks and wines included. It is available for lunch and dinner, except Sunday lunches. Cocktails: 12 euros. Long live cinema and gastronomy!
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