When I think of Flamenco, the first images that come to mind is small, darkish stage with either the woman and her castanets or a man and a woman embraced in a passionate, strong dance.
Amazingly enough, Cardamomo is exactly what my visions have shown me, but in the flesh and right in front of me.
I’ll admit, the main reason I found Cardamomo because it’s been rated as one of the top places to see Flamenco via New York Times. Since I respect their advice, I decided this would be a great place for my family to see a show.
We decided on the earlier show on Sunday. But with dinner. The show started at six. And as with all things in Spain, punctuality being one of their stronger traits, the show started right on time.
We ate dinner while watching the show.
Flamenco en Madrid – Cardamomo Tablao Flamenco – Dinner and the Show
Cardamomo offers quite a large selection of eats, however, my strong suggestion would be get the traditional show menu.
The dishes are all incredibly delicious but also the typical Spanish food that you only get tastes of back home.
It was so good. That every time my kids decided not to eat something I was grateful I can get another bite.
Here are some of the yummy things we had:
Gazpacho – this was one of the best, most freshest Gazpacho soups I’ve tasted. And I love this soup, so I can say I’ve eaten it plenty.
Tortilla Patata – Spanish omelet with potatoes
Meatballs with mashed potatoes – one of our absolute favorites by far
The show starts exactly when it is said. If you are here only to see the show, I would recommend arriving a few minutes earlier so you can get comfy and order a drink.
However, if you are coming for dinner, definitely get there at least thirty minutes before the show time. This way you can enjoy the meal first, then when the show starts give it the full attention it deserves.
Reservations – this is a relatively smaller venue, which was fully booked up when we arrived on a Sunday. We made a reservation and were sitting right next to the stage. This makes a huge difference.
Feeling the pounding of the dancers and musicians and literally being as close to the energy as possible, I recommend reserving front row.
The venue was made up of six people: two singers, two musicians and two dancers.
What impressed us the most was that the guitarist, in particular, played off of the dancers. Instead of being the lead in what happens, the dancers and their energy was reflected in what he played. It was brilliant to watch.
The dancers gave us a great show, with castanets (not all Flamenco shows have this) and also the couple dance (also, not all shows have this). And the bond, connection with the dancers in a Flamenco production really is powerful.
The place has three shows per night and every show has different performers. So you truly don’t know what you will see.
Interesting Information About Cardamomo
- This popular Tablao Flamenco was founded in 1994
- It has been visited by recognized musicians such as Joaquín Cortés, Enrique Morente, Estrella Morente, Jorge Pardo, Antonio Carmona, Ramón El Portugués, Tomatito o Raimundo Amador
- At Cardamomo you will find daily acts with a new cast of dancers every month
- Flamenco was recognized in 2010 by UNESCO when it was included as “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”
- Cardamomo Tablao Flamenco, was also recognized as Cultural Heritage of Madrid in 2014 by Ayuntamiento de Madrid.
- The Cardamomo Foundation was created to encourage knowledge of the art of Flamenco among audiences of all ages and conditions
- In October 2013 the Foundation began the project ‘El Flamenco también es Cosa de Niños’ [“Flamenco is also for kids”] whose main objective is to introduce this UNESCO recognized “Intangible Cultural Heritage” to schools
Address: Calle Echegaray 15 – Madrid – España
Phone: +34 918 051 038 / +34 691 022 117