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Ten Con Ten Madrid vs. City Hall Scottsdale

Ten Con Ten is part of The Adios Puerto Rico, Hola España Trip Report. Read TPOL in Madrid: Why A Second Residency?


I never wrote a restaurant review of City Hall despite living in Scottsdale for years (see TPOL in the Desert). After visiting Ten Con Ten in Madrid, I am compelled to compare and praise both of them.

a sign on a building

a sign on a wall with a tree and lights

Symbolism

My last visit to City Hall was April 2018 before my permanent move to Puerto Rico (see Despacito! TPOL Is Moving to Puerto Rico! Effective Inmediatamente). My first time at Ten Con Ten is part of my Madrid residency (see TPOL in Madrid: Why A Second Residency?).

Dirty Martinis

Having had a few glasses of wine before dinner (see Best Tapas Madrid: No Budget Cuts Here), I skipped the standard pre-dinner dirty martini, a staple at City Hall.

a group of martini glasses with olives on a table

Wine

To accentuate the symbolic connection with City Hall and Ten Con Ten, take note of the bottle of wine I ordered in Scottsdale.

a bottle of wine next to a glass of wine

Ribera del Duero

At Ten Con Ten, I ordered a bottle of Tannat. The last time I had this varietal, I was in Colonia, Uruguay, having just been fired from a law firm (see “It’s Like Riding a Bike.” Those words have haunted me for years.). I’ve come a long way since then.

a bottle of wine next to a glass of wine

TPOL’s TIP: Sentimentally spending 100 euros on the wine is fine for the occasion. However, at City Hall there were solid house choices and moderately priced.

Bread

City Hall has the best pretzel bread in the world. It is complimentary.

a plate of food and wine on a table

I was surprised that Ten Con Ten charged 3.50 euros for bread and brought a second basket without asking.

The Food Lineup

Feeling like I was at City Hall from the start, I did my best to order the same items.

  • Oysters
a plate of oysters and a bottle of wine
City Hall
a plate of oysters and limes
Ten Con Ten

The only problem with oysters is that there are never enough oysters.

a small bottle of hot sauce on ice

  • Tartare
a plate of food with sauce
City Hall
a plate of food with a piece of food on it
Ten Con Ten
  • Extra App

At City Hall, I like to try a different appetizer each time. If available, I suggest the sushi roll.

a plate of sushi

At Ten Con Ten, it was the wagyu carpaccio with parmesan.

a plate of food with greens on it

  • Lamb

It is not a mistake to order steak at City Hall. However, I prefer the rack of lamb. At Ten Con Ten, I ordered the suckling lamb to keep the lineup consistent. While it was very good, I will have to go back for one of the following in this order: juicy sirloin, rack ribeye (2 people), or beef tenderloin with black truffle.

a plate of meat and wine on a table

a plate of food on a table

Extras

You may not think it so, but the onion rings and ranch at City Hall are the best in the world.

a sauce in a gravy boat

a plate of fried onion rings

Dessert

Having gone to City Hall so many times, we became friendly with the waiter. He sent me to Puerto Rico with this parting gift.

a dessert with a lit candle on it

Perhaps, the good people at Ten Con Ten will do the same. That night I had to order dessert.

a plate of desserts with ice cream and fruit

Price

Here’s the bill from City Hall:

a receipt with black text on it

Ten con Ten was $271.

Overall

Life is great when there are places like City Hall and Ten Con Ten.

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