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Traditional dishes you must try

By | 15 November, 2015 | 0 comments

callos madrileñaCities are discovered through food. We are what we eat. That is why it’s good to know and try Madrid’s traditional specialities to really discover what the city is about. One of its most traditional foods is the bocadillo de calamares, the deep-fried squid sandwich. This classic sandwich is at its best in El Brillante, which you can get to through the square of the Reina Sofía Museum or through the other side, next to the Carlos V roundabout. It may seem like a dry dish but this could not be further from the truth. With a bit of mayonnaise, this sandwich not suitable for those counting their calories goes down a treat, especially with a beer.

Another famous local dish, although not suitable for those on a low budget, are the callos (beef tripe) at Lhardy, which is just a few hundred yards from our hotel on Puerta del Sol. Founded in 1839, it is one of the oldest restaurants in the city. Inside you can find abundant Rococo decoration, worthy of a novel of Pérez Galdós, waiters dressed like they used to back in the day and a dish of callos costing approximately 30 euros. You are paying more for the experience than the food, although the callos are still delicious.

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The American way of eating: the best hot dogs and hamburgers

By | 28 September, 2015 | 0 comments

burger hot dog madridThe hot dog has always been in the shadows of the hamburger. Let’s dedicate it a few privileged paragraphs and a few recommendations to make amends for that small injustice. One of them is Feltman’s Hot Dogs (Calle Sevilla, 2 – very close to our hotel in central Madrid), which they say serves the authentic hot dog, with German sausage smoked in especially selected beech tree wood and daily homemade buns that are served hot.

It is a care for details and elaboration that translates into what they call gourmet hot dog. They also make outstanding cakes and the sauces that they complement the hot dogs with. Prices are affordable. Also write down Estocolmo (Calle de la Palma, 72) or Perrito Faldero (Calle San Lorenzo, 9(, where they serve giant hot dogs with special touches, such as their curry ketchup, in a cosy and modern atmosphere in the heart of Malasaña.

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There is never too much beer

By | 15 August, 2015 | 0 comments

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Summer is the best time for beer. In Madrid, you can enjoy it on many bar terraces but here are some options that go a bit further than just a beer with some crisps.

At El Pedal, on the lively street Calle Argumosa (number 33), very close to the Reina Sofía Museum, they specialise in craft beer of the highest quality, a real pleasure when it gets hot. They have five different taps, whose varieties are combined with different Spanish beers and some excellent German imports. They also have a tapas menu on the side.

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The best salads in Madrid

By | 15 July, 2015 | 0 comments

ensaladaSummer is time for light food, like gazpacho, salads and fruit. Where can you eat them? You can start at Gust Madrid, a place that calls itself a “Salad Bar”. Decorated in a cosy way, at Gust Madrid they offer salads consecutively after short periods of time and you can dish one out as you please. The place is bright and pleasant, especially the particularly nice room at the end of the corridor. They have a gourmet breakfast for 5 euros, a lunchtime menu for 11 euros and brunch starting at 13 euros. Find it at Calle Génova, 5 (metro stops Alonso Martínez and Colón).

If you like open buffets, Fresc Co is a great option if you would like to eat plenty of fresh products. They have an enormous bar with plenty of vegetables for you to eat as many as you like and then another bar with main dishes such as chicken, pizza, pasta… It is an ideal place to have a break while you walk around the city, offering an open-buffet menu for just over 10 euros. It is on Calle de las Fuentes, 12 (metro Ópera).

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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

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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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