So you’re planning a trip to Madrid? There is nothing as great as tasting local gastronomy. And while El Bulli stole the Spanish spotlight for so long, Madrid has always held its weight in the kitchen. We have been on our own culinary tour around the capital and here are our top picks.
This laid back cool destination, Bistro Bla Bla Bla (yes, that is actually the name) in the Chueca neighborhood, not only has a modern French cafe interior and live jazz, but has an international twist to the menu. Influenced by Mexico, Paris and New York, the salmon tartar was one of favorites.
Served in glass tulip sundae dish and long silver spoon, this appetizer paired perfectly chopped salmon with a delicate sauce of basil mayonnaise with fresh parsley. The wine list makes this the perfect weekend brunch spot, and by brunch, we mean a 2pm start time – it’s Espana!
Calle Prim, 13
Translated from Spanish, Valgame Dios literally means ‘good heavens’ or OMG ! In typical Spanish form, this not to be missed café doesn’t open until 1pm (or 13:00), so lunch time is the ultimate time to drop in for a bite to eat.
Quite popular amongst the neighborhood locals , the framed black & white prints that cover the sizable square columns, are paired with an eclectic mix wing-backed chairs and comfy sofas, giving this eatery it’s unassuming charm.
One of the dishes loved by locals and tourist alike is their artichoke carpaccio. Served on an earthenware oversized circular plate, the thinly sliced artichoke and drizzled with a red pepper infused Spanish olive oil, which surprisingly had more of an orange citrus note.. Topped off with shaves of parmesan, this menu must-have is ideal to share for lunch or dinner.
Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 43
Is it the DJ or poured concrete interior that makes this restaurant on Paseso de la Castelanna, a chic combination of atmosphere, entertainment and food.?
When you walk into this very progressive little eatery, it’s through a massive faded wood and metal door. For those of you who know The Modern restaurant inside MoMA in NYC, this has a similar vibe – modern and cool, yet very friendly and relaxed.
The dish that’s great for brunch or late nosh is the yellowtail ceviche. Prepared with the traditional fresh lime juice, the large chunks of tuna make this anything but traditional. With red onion, parsley and basil, a Spanish white wine is the perfect pairing for this tasty offering.
The DJ is on Monday through Saturday if you want a little seat wiggle while getting your grub on.
Paseo de la Castellana, 35