The best Japanese Restaurants in Madrid

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Japanese restaurants in Madrid are our second vital food after pizza, every season, no stop, winter, summer, we don’t care. Pretending to be more soupy in winter and more freshy in summer, but we can’t live with our dose of avocado and salmon combo, in a maki, uramaki, temaki or on a well done nigiri.

Every restaurant has it’s differences and characteristic features. Read your “The 10 best japanese restaurants in Madrid” to discover which are our favourite and share yours with us, we would love to know more and more restaurants in town.

[Note: this is not a chart but a list, we love them all equally.]

1) Not an ordinary Japanese Restaurant: Sr. Ito

We already wrote about Sr. Ito in the best restaurants of Chueca, because we really love this place. Here we are in Calle Pelayo, it’s such a nice street that it is good to have a pleasant excuse like dining in Sr. Ito for walking almost until Alonso Martinez. This is not the typical japanese restaurant, if you are a all you can eat sushi consumer, this is not your place. Sr. Ito in Chueca is the place for beauty lovers and slow life living. The decoration is incredible, we talk a lot about this place in dedicated article where you can see all the dishes, especially the cake, impressive.

Sr. Ito – Calle Pelayo, 60, 28004 Madrid – Tel. 910 81 66 15

2) The Japanese guru: Janatomo

Domingo de BBQ, domingo en familiar, domingo en www.janatomo.com con las única barbacos japonesas, las yakinikus en mesa y sin humos.

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I guess you already know how much we love Calle Reina, and don’t really understand why it’s not mentioned as other really hype calle like Ponzano for example. If you have ever stepped into calle Reina we are quite sure you have seen the red windows of Janatomo and felt in Tokyo for a few seconds. Janatomo means “friends of the flowers” and really represent with strong feature the true japanese culture. It’s Japanese barbecue is an exclusivity in Madrid, it’s called yakiniku and it’s even a  European exclusive, because Janatomo is the only one with the bbq included in the table.

Restaurante Janatomo – Calle Reina, 27, 28004 Madrid – Tel. 915 21 55 66

3) Taberna Japonesa: A japanese Kirikata

When you are a great fun of the Arzabal boys, Álvaro Castellanos and Iván Morales, you can’t mention they’re japanese in the list of the best nipponic restaurants in the city, especially because it’s an innovative concept. The quality of food and the freshness of the ingredients it’s a religion for this restaurant, that takes its name from a japanese technique of cutting the sashimi. The cocktails are as well protagonist of the meal with a special menu and a complete selection of the best spirits.

A Japanese Kirikata – Calle de Antonio Acuña, 19, 28009 Madrid – Tel. 914 35 88 29

4) When marketing matters: Yakuza

The Goiko Marketing team is the benchmark in food marketing in Madrid with their no stop contest and pop contents. Yakuza is the japanese restaurant of the Goiko team. Another time Venezuelan in Madrid knows how launch successful restaurants. Their sushi is outstanding, with a touch of creative madness, like for the sushi pizza, or the “El Malandro”. The menu is super cool as the restaurant and the whole concept.

Yazuka – Calle de María de Molina, 16, 28006 Madrid – Tel. 910 60 94 58

5) Sushi bites: Riko

If you love mexican food why of handling a burrito, and the freshness of a temaki, you can find the fusion of this two cultures at Riko, with the giant sushi tacos. The crabs one are massive and super crunchy with an incredible texture. I really loved them, and the bowls are incredible too, a sort of japanese cirashi but with more ingredients. I haven’t been to restaurant so far, but ordered for delivery but I guess the atmosphere will be as cool as their innovative giant rolls.

Riko Fancy Bites – Calle Fernando VI, 21, 28004 Madrid – Tel. 910 80 28 48

6) Tropics meet Japan: Zaperoco

In Italy the trend of japanese food mixed with south american food, especially brazilian, the real food trend of the last two years.

When I heard about Zapercoco and it’s concept I needed to try it. The restaurant is a design gem, relaxed and super chic and the brazilian concept. I was used to have cocktails pairing with my favourite uramaki and it was totally satisfying at Zaperoco too.

Zaperoco – Calle de Velázquez, 102, 28006 Madrid – Tel. 914 10 94 09

7) The supermarket of sushi: Nigiri

We all have stopped in calle fuencarral to see the sushiman preparing sushi in the shop window of Nigiri. In many other countries you can find a lot of takeaway food offered already prepared in fridges like in supermarket. Nigiri does this in the very center of Madrid, with different restaurants in high street location. You choose, pick the box, pay and then take away or eat there, because there are also spacious tables. I am in love with the ceviche and the matcha green tea.

Nigiri – Calle de Fuencarral, 91, 28004 Madrid – Tel. 910 29 67 95

8) Learn how to make sushi: Kappo

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The best restaurants are the one selling not only a menu but most of all an experience, something unique.

Probably there is nothing more interesting that learning how to make food, and japanese food has always been a mystery, so that the Kappo courses with chef Mario Payán are perfect for principiants.

Restaurante Kappo – Calle de Breton de los Herreros, 54, 28003 Madrid – Tel. 910 42 00 66

9) Korea has never been so close: Maru Korean Food

Korean restaurant Maru is an exception in this post, but just because mixing japanese and korean cuisine is a genius idea. Kimchi and sushi are best friends when you reserve a table in calle Reina at Maru.

For sure their maki won’t make you regret a classic japanese restaurant, and the bim bim bap. Not to mention their business lunch, really convenient and complete, because you can even get the dessert included and their mango mousse it’s something legendary.

Maru – Calle Reina, 37, 28004 Madrid915 23 95 31

10) Friendly spam delivery sushi: Chic Sushi

Chic para mí, chic para ti, claro que sí, guapi 💛 Yellow uramaki from @chicsushi 🍣 #madridiana

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Let’s be honest. We all hate the spam and the adv in our mailboxes, but once in my life I found a useful adv and it was Chic Sushi. Well done guys! Because I guess you all have received that pink paper, and I am telling you that it worth a try. The menu are super convenient and really complete, in some cases even too much. I loved also the yellow maki in the picture, to me one of my favourite food picture ever.

Chic Sushi – Calle Cab allero de Gracia, 12, 28013 Madrid – Tel. 910 55 18 01

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Descubriendo la cerveza nómada gracias a Hop In The Box

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Otro mes, otra selección de cervezas artesanas llegada en tu hogar gracias a Hop in The Box. Este més vamos a hablar de cerveza nómada (gitana).

¿Que es una cerveza nómada?

Como tuvimos ocasión de contar anteriormente en uno de nuestros articulos, una cervecería gitana o cerveceros gitanos no tienen equipo e instalaciones propias. Operan de forma temporal o itinerante, alquilando las instalaciones de otras cervecería, generalmente haciendo cervezas para ocasiones especiales y que no volverán a repetir su fabricación.

¿Por que una cerveza nómada?

El coste de la cerveza nómada, sobre todo, que es al mismo tiempo una de las ventajas y desventajas de este negocio.

El coste es una desventaja por que se pierde parte del margen ya que hay que pagar el sueldo de los dueños de la fabrica y esto tambièn es otro aspecto que hay que tener en cuenta. El hecho de trabajar en casa de otros ofrece, por un lado, la posibilidad de poder contar con el ayuda de los titulares de las instalaciones, y por el otro pero, no permite controlar el estado del producto. Obviamente, no es lo mismo hacer la cerveza como uno quiera, cuando quiera y como quiera.

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El coste es una ventaja por que montar una cerveceria propria podría costar mucho. El equipo, por ejemplo, es uno de los factores relevantes y que, además desarolla un papel importante en el proceso de aprendizaje, ya que el uso de instalaciones de otras cerveceras permite conocer otros estilos y tecnicas distintas y sobre todo en la elección del equipo a la hora de montar tu propria cervecería, por el hecho de haber trabajado con maquinaria diferentes.

Y luego hay otros muchos más, algunos también argumentan que una vez que uno abre una cervecería, nunca consigue crear más y se pasa la mayor parte del tiempo preocupandose de todo lo que está relacionado con la cerveceria menos la cerveza.

Al fin y al cabo, se trata de hacer cerveza nómada, no de hacer cuentas.

Todos hablan de cerveza nómada

La marca de referencia de España, el grupo Mahou Saint Miguel, está enteresandose mucho de cerveza artesanal y nomada, despues de mucho tiempo en que las grandes cerveceras eran puristas no querían oír hablar de un nuevo segmento de mercado que iba captando clientes más allá de las tradicionales cañas y tercios. Los consumidores de cerveza nómada capaz de pagar más por sus bebidas favorida experimentan con productos de sabores y aromas diversos.

No solo Mahou està enteresandose de cerveza nómada, ya ha comprado el 40% de la homónima marca Nómada.

The Flying Dutchman NoMad Brewing

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Hop in The Box ha descubierto una gran cerveza. Diseñada y desarollada por Ronald de Waal, un holandés que vive en Finlandia, esta cerveza nómada se elabora en Bélgica y es considerata por muchos como una de las abanderadas del movimiento de la cerveza nómada artesanal en Europa.

Esta asombrosa mezcla de culturas da como resultado cervezas extremamente equilibradas, siempre con un toque de creatividad, tanto en el desarollo de recetas únicas de estilo tradicionales como en el diseño de las etiquetas en las botellas.

La selección presenta una American Amber Ale madurada en una cama de flores de Jamaica (hibisco), una White IPA con un acentuado sabor a lúpulo y dos ganadoras del World Beer Awards (WBA) 2016: More Complicated Than Your Girlfriend Stout (mejor Stout de Bélgica) y Tree Hugging Wood Chopping Mother Nature Loving IPA (Mejor IPA de Bélgica).

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Algunas personas dicen que las cervezas se empiezan disfrutando por los ojos, y esta regla se confirma ciertamente en esta ocasión, cuando miras las fantasticas etiquetas también galardonadas en el WBA ‘16.

Seguramente una de las mejores caja de simpre, Hop In The Box nos ha encantado con esta selección de Julio.

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Here it comes El Soto de Mónico

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Last month we had the chance to write about Casa Monico.

Casa Monico is a relaxed place to escape from the city without going out of it, a privileged place, surrounded by a 3,000 hectares english garden, for those who are looking for a different site where celebrate a special occasion.

It was born by the idea of Carlos Albert, son of the marqueses de Alhucemas, who remain fascinated by Dalmonico’ restaurant in New York, credited with being the first American restaurant to allow patrons to order from a menu à la carte, unlike the restaurants of that epoch.

A tailor made service and a constant innovation in gastronomic experiences have turned Casa Mónico, after 77 years, into a leader of its sector.

A New Phase

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On 29th June 2017, after almost eight decades of existence, Mónico renewed Casa Monico by adding El Soto de Monico, without giving up the spirit the founder put in its work.

This new phase that inaugurates El Soto de Mónico maintains the mark that identifies the origin of the brand: the excellent gastronomy and the excellence in details.

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Monico’s cuisine, mediterranean style made from fresh and high quality raw materials, a personalized and made-to-measure menu, the whole organization, from the bakery to the towels, are always pleasant experiences for the attendees, that’s why those two offers are also part of the incredible activities that can be designed and developed in such an amazing location.

It comes El Soto de Mónico

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El Soto del Monico is the new finca of the group, located in a unique setting at the foot of the river Henares and surrounded by a field of pistachios and beautiful mediterraneans gardens.

El Soto has been designed by the landscape architect Fernando Martos, who has developed an impressive design selecting fruit trees in accordance with the environment.

Atardeceres mágicos en #ElSotodeMonico ✨ #bodas #eventos #lugaresmagicos #magical #fincasmadrid #instantaneaytomaprimera

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It is worth noting the breathtaking views of an extensive and original pistachio field and a nice pond where you can hold small events and avery kind of events.

The main element of the garden is an esplanade of grass, which integrates in the landscape thanks to the water that surrounds it And that seeks to contribute not only a perfect visual composition, but also freshness to the environment.

It’s an incredible venue, looks like a postcard.

More Information: El Soto de Mónico

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The 10 Best Bars and Restaurants in Chueca

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Madrid is a city full of colours, and we all know, from the metro station to the barrio decoration, which is the rainbow district in Madrid: Chueca.

We wish that this article will be a guide in honour of the World Pride Madrid 2017 that we are more than proud to have in town this year.

Chueca has turned into one of the most lively barrio in Madrid, for sure we have reviewed more bars and restaurant in Chueca than in all the other districts. Calle Pelayo for the restaurants and Calle Reina for the bars are as good as Calle Ponzano or Calle Cava Baja.

If you are in Chueca for the Orgullo and don’t know the city, don’t worry, you can find all you need between Calle Hortaleza and Gran Via.

1)Best Paella: Socarrat

The first thing everyone asks in in Spain is “Where is the best paella?” well, guess what, it’s in Chueca, the restaurant is called Socarrat and it’s real Valencian traditional receipt, the Paella de la Abuela, Paella Valenciana, Paella Vegetariana and much more.

It’s open just for lunch, it’s a tiny take away spot with some tables. Try also the craft beer made in Valencia named as the local. It’s open just for lunch, because paella was born for that specific meal.

SocarratCalle San Marcos, 2, 28004 Madrid – Tel. 663 43 91 10

2) Best international restaurant: diurno

If you know madridiana you will remember the diurno article and posts on social media, we are in love with this place and it’s our first suggestion when friends are in town and want to have a tasty lunch or dinner in a beautiful space. The lunch menu is perfect and you can either try spanish food or international quality dishes. It’s a well known location, a meeting point in barrio also for breakfast and the traditional afterwork.

DIURNO [Madrid] – Calle de San Marcos, 37, 28004 Madrid – Tel. 915 22 00 09

3) Best japanese restaurant: Sr. Ito

And here we are in Calle Pelayo, it’s such a nice street that it is good to have a pleasant excuse like dining in Sr. Ito for walking almost until Alonso Martinez. This is not the typical japanese restaurant, if you are a all you can eat sushi consumer, this is not your place. Sr. Ito in Chueca is the place for beauty lovers and slow life living. The decoration is incredible, we talk a lot about this place in dedicated article where you can see all the dishes, especially the cake, impressive.

Sr. Ito – Calle Pelayo, 60, 28004 Madrid – Tel. 910 81 66 15

4) Best Galician Restaurant: Morgana

Opened less than two month ago and it’s already a hit. The place is tiny but there is no place like Morgana to try galician food with a twist. The owners are Miguel, the chef in the kitchen and Augusto, at the bar making great tailor made cocktails. The ambient is nice, both the higher tables at the beginning and the lighted room with paintings and sculptures. If you are wondering where to have a real smashy tortilla, with the original liquid inside, this is your place.

Morgana – Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 33, 28004 Madrid

5) Best Italian Restaurant: Fratelli d’Italia

We are huge consumers of Fratelli d’Italia pizza in barrio Lavapiés, where there is not a restaurant like in Chueca Calle Hortaleza but a takeaway pizza spot that is a paradise for Italians missing a good pizza at a proper price. In Chueca Fratelli d’Italia it’s a pizzeria and a restaurant, but more than that it’s a Sardinian restaurant, where you can try really good pasta and fresh fish.

Fratelli d’Italia – Calle de Hortaleza, 28, 28004 MadridTel. 915 15 41 06

6) Best bocata: La casa tomada

If Calle Valverde is the west limit of Chueca instead of Calle Valverde, La casa tomada can definitely be included in this barrio. The best bocata in Madrid has Venezuelan blood and it’s address is Calle San Lorenzo 9. José Antonio the owner and chef of Casa Tomada is a perfectionist, his bocatas XXL are works of art. Even if they are so huge you can’t visit La casa tomada without starting your meal with a chili cheese fries, you better go with friends.

La casa tomada – Calle San Lorenzo, 9, 28004 Madrid – Tel. 915 13 84 48

7) Best asian restaurant: Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuk in Calle Barquillo is one of the numerous Tuk Tuk restaurants opened in Madrid with the visionary idea of sharing the best asian street food from Bangkok, India, Philippines, and Vietnam.

We have been to Barquillo and Alcalà which is the newer, and widely discussed about how much we are in love with the sexy baos and the delicious pad thai or hokkien.

8) Best east european restaurant: Khachapuri

Khachapuri is a discovery, it’s a typical Georgian restaurant in the middle of Chueca. It’s a mono product restaurant serving that Georgian pizza with eggs in a middle and a lot, a lot, a lot, a lot of melty cheese, and it’s mandatory that you enjoy the khachapuri with the hands piece after piece. For this multi sensorial tasting experience and nice modern atmosphere of the restaurant, it’s a worth visiting restaurant. Read more in this article.

Khachapuri – Calle de Víctor Hugo, 5, 28004 Madrid – Tel. 916 68 38 65

9) Best cerveceria: Källa

Recently opened in Calle Barbieri, in the heart of Chueca, Källa is not just a cerveceria, it is also a beer factory, with a nordic name and simple style, even if the owners are two venezuelan entrepreneurs. This hybrid space of a bar and a factory offers three variety of crafted beer branded Källa Origen (IPA), Ritual (ALE) and Esencia (Lager), with an additional offer of beers from Madrid and other locations.

Källa – Calle de Barbieri, 20, 28004 Madrid – Tel. 915 21 01 32

10) Best cocktail bar: Angelita

Angelita Madrid has one of the best cocktails in Madrid because of its craftsmanship. This The accuracy that Borja and Jose Luis put in the preparation of each cocktail, they way you see it served looks more like a work of art rather than a cocktail.

Not to mention the fact that the service should be a benchmark in town, when you seat you already have your fresh water and a little sweet tapa well presented in a tiny box or a box of popcorn.

Angelita – Calle Reina, 4, 28004 Madrid – Tel. 915 21 66 78

+ The latest openening Som Thai Club

In the already mentioned Calle San Marcos a new space has just opened, it’s called Som-Thai and it has a special gastro-barra: the Som Thai Club, offering tapas for less than 2€ that are perfect to pair with a cerveza muy fria. For all the oriental food lovers or for those you want to try it, this tapas are the greatest because they reflet the Thailandese culture.

Restaurante tailandés Som-Thai – Calle San Marcos, 26, 28804 Madrid – Tel. 910 410 429

 

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The stunning Casa Mónico location

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I would never have imagined to find near Madrid a place like that. I didn’t have any idea that not so far from Madrid city centre I could have found such a special place like Casa Mónico.

Casa Mónico is a spectacular Herrerian style manor was built in 1946 by Secundino Zuazo, precisely located in a garden of more than 30.000 km, with a capacity of 600 people seated or 800 hundred standing, recently renewed to became the greatest location for fairytale events in Madrid.

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In Casa Mónico the ancient meets the modern, the restoration has kept all the precious architecture and style of the original design, the idea in fact was to give a refresh without losing the iconic structure design.

Every place tells a story, and I love to write down story, especially when the protagonist is an historical location like Casa Mónico, where we’ll all be celebrating marriages and parties, this summer and for all the following seasons.

So, what’s the story behind Casa Mónico?

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The story of Casa Mónico begins in the United States of America, with Carlos Albert, the son of the marqueses de Alhucemas, travelling to New York in 1940. He was so fascinated by one of the first luxury restaurants of United States credited with being the first American restaurant to allow patrons to order from a menu à la carte, unlike the restaurants of that epoch, it’s name was Dalmonico.

Evidently Mr. Carlos Albert wanted to honour this innovative american restaurant by opening his own version with the name inspired to that first mover and subsequently Casa Mónico.

Many things have changed in 77 years of restaurant, catering and event business, but the spirit that the founder put in its work as always been the same, innovating and never settling.

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Without any doubts this location is a privileged place for those who are looking for a different site where celebrate a special occasion. With versatile spaces according to the needs of every event it has been one of the first fincas of Madrid dedicated to the celebrations of events.

It offer a personalized and made-to-measure menus for every kind of guest, because along the years they have built a network of professionals that represent the best of for every production, not only referring to food, but to the whole organization, from the bakery to the towels.

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This very special tailor made service is even much more personalized if you considered all the types of events that can be held in Casa Mónico. Starting from the classic catering to original presentations, where the staff can show their best creativity skills, with entertainment for example, this chameleonic space can be transformed in many ways.

Catas and show cooking where food and drinks are protagonists are always pleasant experiences for the attendees, that’s why those two offers are also part of the incredible activities that can be designed and developed in such an amazing location.

The fact that it is so close to Madrid is making Casa Mónico well known for being the ultimate relaxed place to escape from the city without going out of it.

In this place is really possible to relax and recharge, so that we have written down five reasons why you should visit and revisit Casa Mónico:

  1. The location. A peaceful place surrounded by nature a few steps away from Madrid city center
  2. The combination. A perfect mix of tradition and innovation
  3. The quality. Selecting the best professionals for each service and production.
  4. The offer. They do not offer only the classic event setting, the possibilities are infinite.
  5. The experience. They can combine all those factors because of the experience. Every event is unique at Casa Mónico.

I got a tiny part of it, in the form of rasberry jam and tea, so that I can sip my morning breakfest dreaming about this wonderful place.

Mejor desayuno en casa con productos de @monico_gourmet 🍓 #madridiana

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More information: Casa Mónico.

Location: Km 9.5 on the La Coruña Highway A-6

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MEAT quality food for brunch

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The brunch at MEAT is like THE BRUNCH with bold capitals letters in Madrid.

If you know Meat for its burgers or cocktails, or just because you hang out in Alonso Martinez and for sure you’ve seen the space, well, you might not be surprised but this blog post, because we are talking about an institution for Saturdays and Sundays.

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To be honest, I am not the biggest brunch fan in general, as a concept, because a lot of time you find buffet or fixed menu and you can’t choose.

Of course if you are reading this is because in MEAT let you choose exactly what you want to eat and combine everything. You can choose a sweet brunch or a tasty one, or a mix of the two, it’s up to you.

And what is even better is that when you are undecided between the burgers and the avocado toast you can share it with friends, because this place is amazing for a date but also for a friendly relaxed brunch with your mates.

What I loved about MEAT is their focus on a high quality burger, they opened two years ago with this idea of a mono product restaurant with cool music, atmosphere and great cocktails.

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The quality is guaranteed not only by the meat which is their mission, offering a selected beef from Sierra de Madrid and just adding salt and black pepper, less is more I would say, and the bread is custom made exclusively for them.

I have a pending “The 10 best burgers in Madrid” list and MEAT has for sure deserved a place a in that list.

The brunch is more recent, since 9 months, with a very simple but effective menu, guaranteeing fresh and quality products.

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The founders Guillermo Ramos Albritton, José Luis Martín de Bustamante y Gabriel Santaeulalia Yarte, have travelled a lot before opening the successful MEAT in Madrid, thinking about a place to be friendly and well integrated in the barrio, living a sort of slaughterhouse experience with many elements taken from a real Spanish Matadero.

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As mentioned before there is also a strong component of amazing cocktails, I’ve always knew MEAT as a cocktail bar, and tried the cocktails before the brunch, hanging out in Alonso Martinez.

The atmosphere at night is really cool, the barra is incredible, but the real thing is to try the cocktails with the brunch, pairing avocado toast with gin.

You can’t end a real brunch with something sweet, and relax with a dessert. This chocolate cake is really impressive, so good, probably the best I’ve ever tried in my life, you need to share is because the portion is huge but worth the calories.

More information: MEAT.

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Extra Virgen Bar de Maestros de Hojiblanca

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Extra Virgen Bar de Maestros de Hojiblanca is a temporary extra virgin bar in Mercado de Antón Martín.

The big news is that Maestros Hojiblanca promoting this brand new concept, the first oil bar in a food market will pair for each bottle of extra virgin oil a different tapa, specifically designer by chef Javier Goya from restaurante TriCiclo.

The most interesting thing is the concept, you can’t pick the tapa you want to try, you need to choose the oil before, and then comes the matching tapa.

Once again a very special event in Mercado de Antón Martín, that to me is one of the most food market in Madrid.

I guess the idea of this concept come out in order to show and inform consumers about a great new introduction in Hojiblanca products, to inform ad to stay closer inside an iconic market of Madrid.

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They are launching three new labels and applying a simplified version of a professional testing metric to their oils. Each wine is measured on a scale from 1 to 4 in two different values, the first is how fruity the oil is, and the second is how spicy it is.

This Código de Sabor is applied not only to the three new tastes but also to the super classic extra virgin “el nuestro”.

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The three new tastes are:

Alegre with a fruity evaluation of 2 and a spicy evaluation of 1, it’s the fresh oil, the most delicate and elegant. The taste is definitely fresh, reminds me of summer, the grass and I think it will perfectly match with tomatoes. Probably the chef thought the same designing a tapa with a fresh gazpacho with figs.

Picaro has 3 fruity point and you might have guessed it’s the most spicy so 4 spicy points. It’s an EVO oil of contrast, I’ve just tried for lunch at home and it’s a pleasure to each a good dish of spaghetti al peperoncino with this oil. It’s reminds me the typical spicy oil we use on pizza and other typical food, but this is an everyday oil, perfect as the final touch when serving a delicious meal.

Bravio has the opposite values of the Picaro, it’s 4 fruity and 3 spicy, a strong taste again but same situation, it’s an everyday oil that can perfectly paired with lots of food and represent a stronger version of the Alegre. The tapa with cecina and artichokes, with a touch of amaretto sauce is incredible, a great combination of flavours, I think it’ll be amazing with a racion of cecina and some parmigiano pieces on. One of my favourite summer dishes.

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Hojiblanca is a top of mind oil label in Spain so I guess you will find it at your marketplace, but what really worth a try, and it’s a short term try, is the Extra Virgen Bar de Maestros de Hojiblanca.

Three weeks of time to enter Mercado de Antón Martín from Calle Santa Isabel and find on the first floor right in front of the entrance, this beautiful white and cleaned space that will welcome everyone to try the tapas designed by a chef from the barrio and most of all learn a bit more about one of the most important ingredients of our cuisine, a high quality extra virgin oil exclusively present at its best.

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What: Extra Virgen bar de Maestros de Hojiblanca

Where: Mercado de Antón Martín, Puesto 16. C/ Santa Isabel, 5.

When: from the 8th of June for 3 weeks.

Circulo Marisqueria: the place to be for the best pescado

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I’ve always thought that the hardest kind of restaurant to advise is the fish restaurant, because it’s difficult to make sure that you will always find fresh fish, coquillage, that can be cooked in several ways, but even in the most simple ways, fried or grilled.

Where you can find a great pescado restaurant in Madrid?

Now that I’ve been to Circulo Marisqueria I have finally answered to this question related to Madrid fish restaurants.

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Starting from the open air kitchen where you can see how they the chefs deal with a 2.000 meters restaurants, to the smiling faces of the clients, and the impressive quality of the fish market, you can definitely state that this is the Marisco paradise in Madrid.

The space is really curated, with many different areas and terraces, open all year long, serving caňas from midday to late night.

There are also lots of events, and the restaurant is great both for a quick tapa than for a full course menu.

I’ve been in particular to a special event, which is well known in Circulo Marisqueria, and in June will see the last happening of the season, starting again in September.

It’s the maridaje night.

Every third Thursday of the month it’s all about pairing, that can be either with beer or wine. The menu and the wines are decided together between Circulo chefs and the producers, it’s different and specific everytime.

It’s an occasion to try all stars wines paired with the best pescado in Madrid, from the starter to the dessert.

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And it is not an event for wine masters, everyone can participate and learn something about the wines or beer present in each Thursday night.

This experience is called #CirculoClubDay which is a great way to get to know this hidden gem outside the center of Madrid, for a really affordable price, just 30€ for the whole wine degustation and food portions, which are normal portions, not tiny tapas or half glasses of wine. Next one will the on the 15th of June.

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I was at the Circulo Club Day number 14, so more than one years of success for this monthly format rendez vous, and had the chance to try Bodegas Muga wines, which is a well known brand in Spain for excellent productions of wines plus japanese Nikka Whisky for the dessert.

Just to give you an idea of the success and professionality of this restaurant that opened just two years ago and why you should consider to try it asap, these are some numbers:

  • 370.000 people served in two years
  • 60.000 liters of beer served in 2016
  • 13.000 portions of octopus
  • More than 4.500 portions of mussels in 2016
  • More than 4.000 portions of fried fish in 2016
  • More than 10.200 oyster units in 2016
  • 47 employees working every day.

More information: Marisquería Círculo

C/ Oliva de Plasencia, 1, (C.C. San Ignacio)

28044, Madrid | Tel: 91 73 70 421

www.circulomarisqueria.com

Hop in the Box, el maridaje y el arte de acompañar

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Después de haber probado las cervezas de Estonia y las de Estados Unidos que nos ha mandado Hop in the Box a lo largo de estos meses, ha llegado el momento de probar las cervezas alemanas “Freigeist Bierkultur“, que, aunque localizada en Colonia, puede considerarse una cervecería gitana.

¿Que es una cervecería gitana?

Una cervecería gitana o cerveceros gitanos no tienen equipo e instalaciones propias. Operan de forma temporal o itinerante, alquilando las instalaciones de otras cervecería.

Esto significa productos unicos ya que no volverán a repetir su fabricación, y esto es el mismo concepto de Hop in the Box.

En las ocasiones precedentes ya hemos utilizado las cerveza para crear recetas, este mes pero hemos decidido de acompañar las cervezas con platos de gastronomía.

Aunque las investigaciones realizadas apuntan una serie de conclusiones coherentes y hasta con cierta “lógica” gastronómica, no existen explicaciones científicas ni razonamientos exactos en el encuentro de los maridajes de la cerveza y la gastronomía. Es verdad que algunas combinaciones entre comidas y bebidas funcionan mejor que otras pero, al fin y al cabo, todo es cuestión de gustos.

Maridaje de cerveza y gastronomia con Hop in The Box de Mayo

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La primera es una Session IPA elaborada en colaboración con la cervecería Pizza Port Brewing en California. En boca encontramos sabores dulces, afrutados y herbales que se combinan dejando una deliciosa sensación de cuerpo ligero. El regusto es amargo, afrutado y levemente carbonatado, invitando un segundo sorbo rápido. Una cerveza que marida perfectamente con un plato oriental, los nathan road noodles, fideos udon con mermelada de chiles, cebolla roja, puerro, gambas o pollo y hierbas frescas. El sabor fuerte de la cerveza se combina muy bien con el pescado fresco y picante de los noodles.

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La segunda es una Wheat Beer elaborada con la pimienta blanca Kampot de Camboya. En la boca, una agradable y suave sensación gracias a la levadura y a una malta dulce y delicada. El regusto es limpio con un final agradable y especiado. Excelente opción para disfrutar con un pretzel.

El pimiento es muy reconocible, y bastante raro, pero con el toque de sal del maridaje parece que no necesita un contrasto dulce, y que los dos sabores se mezclan en una manera especial. Toda las cervezas de este mes estan a tope, per sin ninguna duda esta fue nuestra favorida.

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La tercera es un IPA, elaborada con mandarinas, naranjas de sangre, limas y limones. Miss Florida se caracteriza por su color naranja ámbar brumoso, con una delgada cabeza blanca. La amargura y una sutil nota agria también están presentes en el sorbo. Una frescura increíble, medio carbonada y cuerpo medio, deja un acabado maravillosamente seco. En esta ocasión, decidimos acompañarla con una pizza con mozzarella, tomate passata, parmesano, queso de cabra, cebolla caramelizada y pesto. La tipica comida para llevar con ingredienties ricos y de cualidad; l’encuentro de sabores citricos de la cerveza y sabrosos de la pizza. Muy recomendable.

maridaje cerveza hop in the box

Y por último pero no menos importante, una Imperial Stout de inspiración alemana. El chocolate, las ciruelas y el café se mezclan con sutiles aromas tostados y de vanilla. De cuerpo medio a alto, esta cerveza deja una rica y cremosa sensación en la boca, donde el sorbo empieza dulce y termina un poco seco y de cacao amargo por esto la combinamos con un tiramisù. Esto fue el toque magico, un maridaje 100% dulce, sin contrastar los sabores, ponendole mas fuerza.

5 razones por las que Hop in the Box es una buena idea:

1)Viajar por el mundo saboreando diferentes cervezas.

2)Recibir una caja sorpresa, no tiene precio.

3)Disfrutar de esta caja directamente en tu proprio hogar.

4)Difundir la cultura de la cerveza artesana ayudando los proveedores locales.

5)Ser el colecionador de botellas de cervezas más chulas entre tus amigos.

bUNS AND BONES MERCADO

Buns & Bones, from the food market to you

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Buns & Bones in Madrid is an institution for bun lovers, with three restaurants in the coolest barrios of the Spanish capital.

What is always interesting to know about this successful restaurants is the behind the scene, answering to the owner questions like:

  • Where does the inspirations for the menu comes from?
  • Where do you get the ingredients?

This second question in particular has always been my constant curiosity about how do restaurants manage thier daily shopping, because to me, getting the ingredients and do the grocery is the most difficult thing for a restaurant, respecting the seasonality of food and trying not to waste.

Buns & Bones not only answered to my question, but brought me on a grocery tour in Mercado Anton Martin which is actually one of Buns & Bones restaurants location.

I was able to hear from Wilmer López words (Buns & Bones founder and chef)  the story of each market stall and what is his daily shopping for each plate of the menu.

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Besides the classic butcher’s shop specialized in white meat or beef, we also saw very particular stalls, like the only Spanish seaweed shop in all the countries selling mediterranean seaweeds, or the greengrocer proving incredibly refined and rare fruits and vegetables.

The Buns & Bones menu changes with the seasons and the trends, it was the first restaurant in Madrid starting offering the poke, the ultimate foodie trend of the last months.

Poke is an Hawaiian dish, it means  “to slice or cut”, usually made with raw fish served as a salad as a starter. The most popular is the tuna, but also the salmon and octopus are getting more and more famous around the world.

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It reminds me of a Japanese Cirashi but with a different disposition and much more ingredients than just sushi rice and sashimi.

I really love the fresh avocado at its perfect maturity point, obviously bought at the greengrocer in Mercado Anton Martin, and the cashew nuts giving a crunchy shift to the plate. It was not spicy but really tasty and fresh, the perfect summer bowl.

The fact that Buns & Bones in Calle Isabel buys food at the Mercado makes it the perfect example of a street food restaurant, because it’s not just about the final result, but the whole process, and asian street food in the market stalls are part of the market.

The routine is that at the end of the day Wilmer verify what he needs for the day after, on a daily basis, ordering for the following day at the market.

The first one is usually ‘Carnicería Ismael’, a very well known and established stall known for its selected meat Spanish meat like: ternera gallega, cordero castellano and carne de cerdo de Toledo. This butcher is the supplier of the best seller costilla from Buns & Bones with an average delivery of 60 kg every week for each of Buns & Bones restaurants.

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Even if these are all tiny suppliers, ‘La Huerta de Sánchez’ is considered as the best greengrocer in Madrid, searching for rare fruits and vegetables for Wilmer like the pachoy (the one he is holding in the picture) or the lotus roots, a key ingredient for the crunchy chicken recipe.

All the times I’ve been to Mercado Anton Martin I’ve never deepen the knowledge of the shop ‘La Mar de Algas’, selling only Spanish seaweeds, serving the best choice products for Buns & Bones famous ramen soup.

Talking about the buns I’vet tried the duck one, which is totally recommended, but have seen how great the prawns look like I might suggest to share a poke for starter and then a fish bao for main course.

Lunch time in @bunsandbones at @mercadoantonmartin 🌟 Streetfood estrellas, esto es el bun de Pato 🦆 #BUNSANDBONES #madridiana

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And these are the costillas first and then the pranws, as mentioned before, two of the buns best sellers.

More information: Buns & Bones

⛩ Santa Isabel, 5, 28012, Madrid ☎️ 810 521 705

⛩ San Bernardo, 12, 28015, Madrid ☎️ 913 928 953

⛩ Guzmán el Bueno, 69, 28015, Madrid ☎️ 910 562 091