Right in the heart of Madrid you will find this interesting restaurant, the Ojalá.
In the Malasaña neighborhood, choosing a place to eat turns out to be a difficult decision. There are many places to discover, all very interesting.
Ojalá is more a tapas place than a menu one, but in my case and because it was Friday we could enjoy an affordable set meal for 11.50€ (all inclusive). I was very surprised at the fact that they also serve an express meal in which you get the starter and the main dish in the same plate, and then the drink and the dessert. It costs 8€.
We had a mushroom and mozzarella salad and then baked sea bass with a vegetable and rice sauté. Everything was good even though what I preferred was the dessert: white chocolate mousse with cranberry jam...
One of the most attractive things of the Ojalá is the lower floor. In my case I ate in the upper one with a table and a chair, but downstairs there is an area full of sand and with pillows on the ground to sit down. The truth is it can be very funny to go with friends and sit down as if you were on a beach.
Living in London is a charming British tea house that's at the beginning of Santa Engracia street near the Plaza de Alonso Martínez. It's probably the closest thing to an authentic British tea house that you can find in Madrid. The atmosphere is pretty spot-on, especially in winter when the Christmas decorations are up.
The selection of teas is extensive and those with a sweet-tooth are sure to find something they like too (the scones are to die for). Besides tea, there is also a shop where you can get teas and preserves.
It's a bit expensive to be honest, but that's what comes with offering products not usually found in the Spanish market.
You’re walking towards a destination, a cocktail lounge that everyone’s told you great things about. A few feet before arriving at the door, something to the left catches your eye.. It’s the stairs leading up to Santa Bárbara church, a wonder in its own right that deserves a few moments of your time. We’re on Bárbara de Braganza street and we’ve arrived at our destination, La Cabrera.
After going through the door, you realize that something special is going to happen this evening. The atmosphere of this bar is different, the air is special, the aroma is different from any other bar you’ve been to. It’s the same sensation that I felt when I entered Del Diego (another cocktail loung you can’t miss). And, suddenly, you realize there's two floors: the first floor with a charming bar and an equally charming basement level where you can sit down at small tables. The decision isn’t easy. We came to drink a gin and tonic and a cocktail, but the whole idea of the "gastrobar" has us heading downstairs to a table.
We choose one of the cozy tables. There are people all around us, but the background music is at the perfect volume so each conversation stays within its table (the music is really good, by the way). As we settle into our seats, we take a look at the menu and say to ourselves ¨THIS PLACE IS AWESOME!¨ They have a ton of cocktails, and from the first second you feel like you can pick whatever’s on the menu and you’ll like it. You realize they care, and you start to feel comfortable at the bar. Then… what a surprise! The waiter showed up with two glasses of water and some chips. Very nice! This is very good water, the waiter then explained how they included mint and lemon to make it flavorful.
I ask the waiter for advice on what to order. I tell him that I want to try a good gin, a good gin and tonic. I tell him I’ll try whatever he brings out (hoping it’s the typical eccentric gin and tonic with raspberries and limes all the works). We also ordered a Tom Collins (gin, sour mix and soda water). My gin and tonic arrives and the big surprise is that it comes with Schweppes. The waiter’s brought me the most original gin and tonic they have, cool! He brought an English gin, very aromatic in my opinion, and I try it out a few minutes later. The waiter tells me this gin is perfect to have with Schweppes (not Fever Tree). It’s impressive, really good, the best that I’ve ever tried. It’s called "Sipsmith." The Tom Collins is made for 4 people but we were only 2. Later on, we ordered another gin and tonic, but this time Tanqueray Rangpur with Fever Tree. It’s stronger but equally refreshing and recommendable. It was then that we started to get hungry and we decided to try to tartare with some cod fritters. JACKPOT! Seriously, both plates were unimaginably good. They were very scant, with an inflated price, but the flavor was amazing.
In summary, it’s a nook you can’t miss on your gin and tonic or cocktail route. I give it a 10!
In Madrid, we are quite lucky to have various restaurants that form part of La Musa group. All of them have a nice and modern atmosphere along with tempting tapas, such as the fried green tomatoes, the glazed wild boar with sobrasada and honey and the “bomba” (an impressive potato filled with meat and covered with three delicious sauces). A special mention to their delicious desserts, such as the cheese pie.
La Musa Latina, located in the neighborhood with the same name, in Plaza de la Paja, also serves as a cafeteria. Two of its most attractive qualities are the terrace, perfect for the summer and sunny days, and its big interior room with a decoration completely renovated and eclectic. It’s a combination of industrial elements with traditional pieces, such as the classic iron columns typical of Madrid’s taverns.
Great burgers in an American-style joint in Madrid. Highlight, however, isnt the burgers but rather the homemade apple pie with vanilla ice cream. I'd suggest making reservations as its almost always packed.
The Mercado de la Reina is a well-known Madrid tapas institution located right at the beginning of Gran Via in downtown Madrid. The order of the day are classic low-brow tapas like croquettes, patatas bravas (thick-cut potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce), and fried calamari made with great ingredients and a modern attitude. The result? Great classic tapas which, while occasionally bland and greasy in lesser establishments, are clean and tasty here. To our foreign taste-buds, some of Spain's classic tapas can seem a bit...underwhelming (the famous Spanish omelet is, after all, just eggs and potatoes). The Mercado de la Reina's fresh touch is a good way to understand these Spanish comfort-food staples.
My recommendations? The patatas bravas (perfect) and the fried artichokes with romesco sauce (an addictive puree of olive oil, roasted red peppers, walnuts, and other treats). They sell glasses of fizzy cava for 2 euros which make for the perfect accompaniment. So, all in all, if you're out and about shopping or sightseeing in downtown Madrid, this is the perfect stop to rest and refuel.
This is a super cool theme restaurant with decor of Colonial times in African Safari times, you will enjoy looking at every little detail.
We enjoyed a special menú with “smashed eggs” and 600 grams of ox meat that they cook as you like it most (“rare for me, please!”). Smashing good!
After dessert the best is yet to come: on the ground floor there is a pub with comfy sofás and a wide rante of cockails to choose from: Cosmopolitan, Mojito, Bloody Mary´s… An ideal place to visit!
Lamucca restaurant is one of my favorites in Madrid. I had been to the other one, but never to this one in Pez street. And I have to say I liked it a lot.
To begin with, the location is amazing. Right in the center of Madrid, next to almost everything: the area of vintage shopping, Chueca, Gran Vía, Plaza de España... Of the most authentic in the capital.
Then, the terrace in the summer. Perfect. It is large and perfect to have something in a really charming place.
And then, of course, the food and the interior. The atmosphere is very elaborated, with small low lights that makes one feel comfortable. The service is always perfect and the menu original. Mediterranean, Italian, Mexican food... A strange mix I recommend tasting. I remember the ham and pear pizza was particularly good. Yes, ham and pear. Excellent.
The truth is it is one of the places you think about when you are looking for a special and different dinner at an affordable price. I love it.
They say it is one of the best Italian restaurants in Madrid. Don Giovanni is a curious restaurant where the kiss of life has done miracles. It is one of the most successful Italian restaurants in Madrid, with fantastic reviews and an entire legion of clients ve wait at least a week to be able to get a table.
The truth is the personal project of the cook, Andrea Tumbarello, had everything against it to be a success. It is not in the traditional restaurants area of the city and the outside and inside decoration is so little appealing that it has become a legend. During the first years it did not appear in reviews nor restaurant magazines in Madrid, the critics did not even care.
But with recommendations, no one knows exactly how, the place has become one of the most recognized restaurants of Italian cuisine in the city. I personally prefer others but I must admit that in terms of value for price it is one of those I like the most.
I recommend letting the waiter suggest (or even Andrea, often walking through the room) and trying one of the stunning fresh pasta. With wine, a starter, a main course and dessert it costs 40€.
Txirimiri is a small pinxtos (Basque tapas) tavern in the heart of Madrid’s La Latina neighbourhood. Well, really, it’s two taverns; one in the Salamanca District, and this one, which has a much better atmosphere and an even better Spanish omelette. Txirimiri’s secret weapon is its Spanish potato omelette with caramelized onion, which is so good that it’s difficult to describe with words. Other delicious things include the hamburgers, croquetas, and basically anything else on the menu. The owner, be warned, is a bit gruff and under normal conditions, his attitude would have garnered a bad review. But look…tasting that Spanish omelette is worth putting up with that jerk for a few minutes. The place doesn’t accept reservations so get there early if you can!
Sister restaurant of the original Lamucca (near Pez street), this place in Prado street is one of the best alternatives to have an informal lunch in the area of Huertas. Indeed, it is always packed and there is often a line of people waiting to be served at the door (so that I totally recommend booking beforehand).
Even though the specialty of the place is pizza (fantastic!) and the dishes are clearly Italian, on the menu you can find from Arabic food to hamburgers or Thai noodle dishes. A great variety.
Everything we tried was excellent andm, above all, for a quite reasonable price (you get a lot for less than 30€). Special mention for the desserts: we tried the chocolate brownie and carrot cake. The best in Madrid for the two of them.
Flash Flash is one of the best "tortillerías" I have ever been to. The decoration is modern and retro at the same time, since the modern furniture is combined with some elements (like the waiters' outfit) reminding me a lot the aesthetic of Spanish restaurants in the 60s and 70s.
The food is really good. They have a menu, and even though it is not especially cheap (17€), it is very good with abundant portions. When I went with some friends, the meal was a Spanish omelet as a starter, hamburger and fries as a main dish and for dessert a cheesecake with strawberry sauce.
I really recommend it!! I will go again for sure.
Mad Café is another of the many options that are starting to appear in Madrid for eating quality hamburgers. They use ground pork meat for their hamburgers, making 250 gram hamburgers. You can ask for a double (half a kilo) and they cook it over a volcanic rock grill.
The meat is tender, juicy, and the hamburger doesn’t come premade from the suppliers. It doesn’t come too flattened, which helps keep it tasty and juicy. The menu is lengthy, with classic options and others a little more original, like the grilled foie gras. All the burgers can come with a special sauce, the Mad Sauce, which is a mix of ketchup, mayonnaise and pickles.
The bun comes toasted, which works great with the juicy meat, although it’s a brioche and it can crumble apart somewhat (although it’ll crumble apart much more if you ask for a double hamburger).
Like in all good hamburger joints, there are other interesting entrées (the onion rings are thin and delicious) and typical desserts, like brownies or cheesecakes. They use Dr. Pepper and Cherry Coke as ingredients in the cake, for a familiar American touch.
The other day some friends took me to this hidden and picturesque spot in the center of Madrid. Someone either takes you or it is impossible to imagine that next to the Ideal cinema, in a rickety building, you can find such a place.
You first think it is a joke, since the lift looks old, but once on the sixth floor the restaurant is very traditional and the terrace is amazing although a little small.
As to food, "pimientos del padrón" (stuffed peppers), a plate of chorizo, morcilla (blood sausage) and other fried things not really necessary and a quite good marinade if I remember correctly.
In short, a spot where to take friends sometimes and for a different vision of Madrid.