Jonathan, Ana and I decided to leave the Gran Vía and head back North to where he lives to have some dinner on my last night in Madrid.
It had been such a great weekend, I was actually quite sad to leave.
La Mina is a cute little bar just up the road from JoBro's flat, near Francos Rodríguez.
We rushed in from the rain and the cold, brushed the raindrops off our jeans and warmed up with some cañas, which came with a tapa de patatas alioli.
I'm not a big fan of cold potatoes, but not to worry, Jonathan soon demolished the entire plateful!
We couldn't quite work out why they were called "platos mineros" then realized we were sitting in "La Mina", 'The Mine'. The entire restaurant was themed around miners and mines, which was pretty cool considering all of our Welsh ancestors worked in the mines.
So I felt we were paying homage to them!
Homemade croquetas straight from the frier
The alioli, 'garlic mayonnaise', soothes down the spicy salsa brava.