Posts with category Gastronomía

Immerse yourself in the most exotic cuisine

By | 14 May, 2015 | 0 comments

ethiopian foodWhile tourists predictably fill up the thousands of terraces around Madrid, here we offer an alternative route, because the indoor charm knows not of seasons or dates. Arabia, in the heart of the Chueca district (Calle Piamonte, 12), presents a Berber decoration and inside you will feel at the gates of the Sahara desert. Its couscous is famous but your best bet is to choose a tasting menu that will set you back just 20 euros per person, wine included.

Ethiopian cuisine is represented in Madrid by restaurants such as Mesob, on Calle Malasaña, 17, offering the best of this African cuisine that is still soft despite being exotic. Its star dish is the traditional huge injera, similar to a pancake, to which they add different vegetables. The charm of Malasaña is one of the favourable factors of this restaurant, since you can then go for a drink in any of the nearby bars, such as the pleasant Café de Ruiz, on the same street. Similar to that is Gomer, on Calle Grafal, 8, in the heart of La Latina, just a few yards away from Cava Baja and its many bars and taverns (Lamiak, on Cava Baja, 42, is one of the liveliest).

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Sidrerías por primavera

By | 2 March, 2015 | 0 comments

Casa MingoThe oldest and perhaps the most traditional cider bar in Madrid is Casa Mingo, close to Casa de Campo. It is famous for offering the most delicious homemade cider in Madrid, which has turned it into a popular spot for visitors. Located on Paseo de la Florida, 34 -don’t forget to visit the chapel of San Antonio de la Florida and its Goya frescoes afterwards-, it’s worth visiting for its atmosphere and the place itself, but don’t expect fine cuisine there. Sometimes, the food is just an excuse to meet with friends and, in this case, except for its cider, the food such as roast chicken and cider chorizo are just that, roast chicken and cider chorizo.

There are Asturias-inspired cider bars and also Basque ones. One of the latter is Sagaretxe, on Calle Eloy Gonzalo, 26. Of course, all of them have the classic kupelas, large barrels filled with cider that will accompany the excellent menu that they serve, made up of traditional dishes such as black beans of Tolosa and different fish dishes that will make you feel like if you are in the Basque country. Its pork sirloin steak with Idiazabal cheese is quite simply delicious, as is the legendary txuletón (rib eye steak), which you can top off with desserts like the sweet canutillos (custard-filled rolls) or ricotta cheese with honey and nuts. Not suitable for those on a diet.

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Cerveza, siempre cerveza

By | 2 February, 2015 | 0 comments

cerveza en Madrid

Although it may seem the opposite due to the fantastic D.O. wines that we have, Spain is a country that consumes more beer than wine. There is a beer culture that is constantly searching for a variety after being submitted for many years to the duopoly of Mahou and Cruzcampo. And so, in Madrid we can find many places who are dedicated to beer, such as Fábrica Maravillas, who make their own beer in the bar itself, a beer that tastes of previous times, times without preservatives and serial production.

Try the Malasaña Ale, blonde, soft and malty thanks to its rye; or FL(ipa), an IPA blonde with plenty of hop that gives it a special sourness. Its makers say that its beers are highly addictive, and you can try them all on Calle Valverde, 29, a must even for refined beer fans.

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¿Qué pasa en la calle Ponzano?

By | 5 December, 2014 | 0 comments

Ponzano - Sala de despieceIt is present in the leisure and gastronomy guides, everyone is talking about it and some even call it the “gastrostreet” due to the large amount of bars, restaurants and also shops. Located in the heart of the Chamberí district, Calle Ponzano stands out for its legendary tapas, the queen of Spanish gastronomy. In La Contraseña, somewhat of a worn-out novelty in the area, you can enjoy conventional meals but with a bar filled with delicious pintxos.

Write this name down too: Lambuzo. Located next to the aforementioned La Contraseña, at number 8, this is where the culinary spirit of Cadiz gathers with all of its splendour. Fried anemones, tuna, deep-fried fish and seafood, mojama in olive oil and delicious regional wines are just some of the things that you can order here.

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Lo último en hostelería: los multiespacios gastronómicos

By | 15 September, 2014 | 0 comments

Gastronomía MadridIn a time when the mid-size urban shopping centre seems condemned to extinction, a new concept has arrived: the gastronomic multi-space. We are talking about the latest one to open in Madrid, La Platea, on Calle Goya number 7, at one side of Plaza Colón, which opened its doors last June. It is an ambitious project judging by its numbers: 60 million euros in investment, more than twenty bars with food from around the world and high-level offers like the restaurant of Ramon Freixa (on the upper part) or the Gold Gourmet delicatessen store.

It is a place where you can get dizzy with so much on offer and where we recommend that you begin in the area of El Foso, a large basement with different counters where clients go to place their orders. The procedure is unique: the client places his order and then receives a gadget that, once the food is ready, stats to make a sound and light up, which means that you can now pick up your tray with your order ready. You can choose between Japanese, Mexican and Italian food, with tasty and tender ribs that cost 7 euros for a 3-piece ration, among other proposals.

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Viaje al centro de la China (en Madrid)

By | 20 August, 2014 | 0 comments

comida china madridEating good Asian food in Madrid can be done. Despite the huge increase of Japanese restaurants, in this brief article we will focus just on Chinese food, not on Vietnamese or Thai.

Let’s start this route at a restaurant that used to gather all the spirit of the most authentic side of China. It was endorsed by the fame that Chinese people ate (and still do) there, which is always a point in their favour. After a renovation, it has endured a facelift and it has lost its previous charismatic aspect of yesteryear, but it is still well worth a visit. Menus in Chinese and delicious dishes like the noodle soup (with vegetables, seafood, meat) will take your breath away, not least because of their low prices.

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Las mejores tortillas de Madrid

By | 15 July, 2014 | 0 comments

tortilla patatasWhat would it be of Spanish cuisine without its famous omelettes? We have no idea but in any case we would survive, just like we did until well into the 16th century, which is when the potato arrived from America to the tables of the Spanish capital. Here are some recommendations for this simple yet complex dish known as tortilla that, like everything, has its different ways of preparation for every taste and preference. With a runny egg? With onion? Simple or with green pepper?

At La Latina, in the Cava Baja, is Juanalaloca, with a Spanish tortilla with onion that has been defined in different reviews as “truly spectacular”. Those who like it with a runny egg will particularly like this one which is a far cry from the known “brick”, which is the thick one that is unfortunately present in many Spanish bars and homes.

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Restaurantes con solera: Casa Botín

By | 10 April, 2014 | 0 comments

Casa Botin MadridThe name does not come from the president of an important Spanish bank; this restaurant boasts, and rightfully so since it is certified with a Guinness plaque (the records one, not the beers), of being the oldest in the world. The date is subject to controversy since there are older restaurants in the world although if you google “oldest restaurant in the world” you will find Casa Botín in the top places. In any case, it is the oldest in Spain, opening its doors in 1725 during the reign of King Felipe V, the first king of the House of Bourbon in Spain. It rivals with Can Culleretes in barcelona, a restaurant that has offered Catalan gastronomic specialities since 1786.

In fact, it is called, as the plaque says at the entrance, Restaurante Sobrino de Botín, and it is just a stone’s throw from the Plaza Mayor, on the picturesque Calle de Cuchilleros. Its interior with four floors surprises the visitors with its intricate rooms. Its menu does not include over complicated dishes of fusion cuisine but rather traditional and simple cuisine, with juicy stews and starters such as asparagus or peppers, although they all have the special charm of the restaurant, filled with lovely corners and old-style waiters. However, do not expect a local crowd in there because it is full of Japanese and European tourists, tourists with a deep pocket since it is not particularly cheap; age has a price.

Far from stalling and living from the past, the oldest restaurant in Spain is showing signs of adapting to the changes, as its online reservations network shows, as well as its presence in the social networks and YouTube. Also, the business is open to expansion, exemplified with its restaurant in Toledo, where they serve every day in the Army Museum and have a fantastic terrace with a view over the river Tajo. The latest heirs of the restaurant also want to bring new dishes to the menu and have incorporated paellas made in true Valencian style, with water and vegetables brought especially from this region, an excellent example of how the different parts of Spain that come together in Madrid. Isn’t that fusion cuisine?

Enjoying lunch or dinner at Casa Botín is a unique experience for foodies staying in our hotel. From Hotel Victoria 4 we can walk to the Plaza Mayor in just a few minutes. You just have to cross the Puerta del Sol, from its birth in Plaza de Santo Domingo.

Restaurantes famosos en el centro de Madrid

By | 27 October, 2011 | 0 comments

In the centre of Madrid, next to Puerta del Sol, there is a great selection of restaurants, cafés, bars, fast-food restaurants and eateries in general where you can refill your batteries.

Today we are going to visits some of the most celebrated and famous temples of food in Madrid.

One of these temples is Casa Lucio in Cava Baja, 35. The stars in its menu are cocido (a stew with chickpeas, potatoes and pork’s meat), fried eggs, hake or steak.

If you find a table it may be that you will be surprised when next to you sits a famous Real Madrid football player, a member of the royal family like King Don Juan Carlos himself, models like Kate Moss or actresses like Paz Vega. It is a classic venue, where customers bring the glamour with them.

In Calle Jovellanos, 3 you will find one of the best Basque cuisines in the area, restaurant El Txoko.

Their main specialties are cod souflet, oven baked black pudding with apple and also anchovies with olive oil. Don’t forget to eat these dishes with Txacoli, a white wine with an excellent flavour that goes especially well with fish.