Madrid is quickly becoming the bubbliest city in Europe. We are still on a quest to find someone who doesn’t love it. The beautiful arquitecture, museums and art galleries, daily events & concerts, perfect weather and ever-smiley Spaniards will make you want to stay; of course, we haven’t forgotten about its gastronomy. And we know that the first thing that comes to your mind are the mouth-watering tapas, but Madrid has experienced a gastronomy boom like no other city in Europe. More and more experimental cuisine and fusion restaurants and gastro-pubs are opening in the capital, and we’ve found the best for you:
KANTAMELADE: passion for traditional food flawlessly served. Here classics like Tenderloin with foie and Octopus confit with baby beans coexist. Don’t miss their best dessert: baked apple volcano with toffee. Ca. 40-50 €. Príncipe de Vergara, 285.
FLOREN DOMEZÁIN: the so called King of Veggies welcomes you with an ugly Tudela tomato. Then, a runway of of artichokes and borage to meet your expectations. Among seconds: hake from Donostia or grilled “Pluma Ibérica”. It also has a tapas bar and a lovely outdoors area. On your way out, they gift you with a lettuce! Ca 40-50€. Castelló, 9.
ENSO SUSHI: Enso means peace and that’s what this restaurant inspires with its fusion of Japanese technique with fresh mediterranea fish such as dentex, sargo or sea bass. Austere and delicate decoration put the spotlight on the spectacularly presented food, whether they’re uramakis, sashimis, ceviches, tatakis or nigiris. On top of it all, they have a traditional Japanese oven or kamado, which gives a delicious smoked taste to it. Ca 45€. Pº de la Castellana, 15.
BARRA ATLÁNTICA: small but intense, all the way from Galicia (northern Spain). Diners can choose from their tapas bar, a feast in a (shared) table or treating themselves in the separeé downstairs. In the menu, fresh fish with raw versions, “Moluscadas” (mollusks plate), or Vaca Viella (“Old Cow”, but don’t worry, it’s the name of the recipe, the meat is just fine 😉 ). Everything is from Galicia… even the wine! Ca 15-30€. Gravina, 17.
KENA DE LUIS ÁLVARO: in the way of mixing, Luis Arévalo exposes the maximum sophistication. This chef promotes Nikkei cuisine, where Peruvian and Japanese flavours have a happy marriage. Ingredients from the Amazon with oriental techniques for three different spaces. We personally recommend the oyster ceviche, “rabo de toro” Gyozas. Insuperable flavours. Ca 60-70€. Diego de León, 11.
PINK MONKEY: Southeast Asian, Latin American and Mediterranean cuisines meet in the menu of this new space in Chamberí. A very casual and blackguard style contrast the delicate yet intense flavours. Ca 30€. Monte Esquinza, 15.
LAMIAN BY SOY KITCHEN: a gastronomic trip through ramen: here the chef Jong Ping Zhang – now also known as Julio – dresses up traditional Chinese cuisine with hints of other countries and Spanish ingredients with a superb outcome. Ca 30€, Pl. Mostenses.
LATASIA: asian, peruvian and mediterranean cuisine come together in this restaurant by globe-trotter chefs Roberto & Sergio Rodriguez. You can find Singapore’s Chili Crab, Peru’s lemon ceviche or creative fusions such as baked butter fish marinated in miso. Ca 35€. P ºCastellana, 115.
BOCACALLE: street food from all over the world with a super fun menu with creations like “Estofadog” (a hot dog with a traditional sausage), their very own version of the traditional Fish’N’Chips or the “morcilla” (Spanish blood sausage) Tokyo Roll. All straight out of the visionary and traveler chef Dani Álvarez. Ca 25€. Teresa, 2.
We know you enjoy the classics as much as we do so yes, the morning after enjoying all these delicatessen, don’t miss the best Chocolate con Churros in town: San Ginés. Pasadizo San Ginés, 5. ¡Buen provecho!