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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.

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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.

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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

 

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Restaurante Morgana: la reina de Galicia

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Madridiana is the goddess of hunting cool places, when she meets another goddess they will be friends forever.
Morgana is a strong woman, a Celtic goddess, una mujer de fuerza.
Madridiana met Morgana on a sunny Sunday morning, while she was hunting new places in the very center of Madrid, the barrio Chueca.

Morgana immediately appear to be for the naming, the atmosphere and the Galician origin of the founders, as a big deal, a recently opened restaurant with a brand new unique offer.

Why restaurante Morgana Madrid?

The answer is simple, as Augusto and Miguel, the two owners, immediately explained that they wanted to have a strong identity, that’s why they chose a woman, and a powerful message, that’s why they chose a mitologic figure.

Augusto and Miguel are the two owners of restaurante Morgana Madrid, they are really young but at the same time they have gained a lot of experience around the world. Their competences complete each other because Augusto has studied and worked in hostelry while Miguel is the chef. This special mix of skills has on the other side the most important thing in common: friendship. They are good friends and they both come from La Coruña. So two common features: friendship and roots. Their provenience need to be explained a bit because it’s because of their Galician roots that they have started the Morgana adventure.

Galician water, beer, food and tradition and ingredients. They are focused on spreading the Galician food best products in Madrid, modernizing the most famous traditional food with a touch of international cuisine, because Miguel, the chef, has travelled a lot, in Europe and outside. The ceviche is for sure the result of his Peruvian experience. Not to mention that he has also worked at Diverxo with the awarded chef David Munoz.

Galician traditional best sellers as new, more contemporary, reinterpretation. I will write about my experience, which will be personal as always and “non replicabile” because every week Morgana changes the menu. The best food for sharing like the tortilla, the croquetas and the empanadas are the only fixed food of the menu, but especially for croquetas and empanadas the flavors usually change as well.

What attracted my attention was the scallop plate with pork and a pumpkin creme, impossible to resist. What I really loved about this plate, above the taste of course, was its concept, Miguel explained me how he balanced the fat savor of the pork with the acidity of the pumpkin creme.

Everything from a simple burrata to a more complex dish, is expressed in a new custom version edited and invented by Miguel.

Even the dessert I ‘ve tried had a twist of unconventional, with the crunchy texture of the bizcocho and the sweet cheese cake cream.

Morgana has just opened but for sure it will become an addiction to all, for Miguel innovative cuisine and Augusto detailed attention to the clientsn and for his special cocktails

More info: Morgana Restaurante.

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The 10 Best Cocktails in Madrid

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Quote for the best cocktails in Madrid: My life is 50% wondering if it’s too late to drink coffee and 50% wondering if it’s too early to drink alcohol – Anonymous [This article is written by Enzo Lauretta]

First thing to say: this not a chart. It is based on my experience as Cocktail Lover spent in almost all the most particular cocktails bar in Madrid.

The experience of drinking a cocktail it’s only not about drinking what each barman serves but also take a sit a the counter, meet the bartender, listen his story and most of all the story of the cocktail.

In this short time frame between the cocktail preparation and my first sip, I always need to hear what he/she has to say, about the cocktail chosen.  What I appreciate the most is to hear their ideas about bartendering, their vision and how those ideas are transmitted into each cocktail, and while they are explaining I love to take these kind of pictures that I’ve been collecting in one year here in Madrid.

And I am already feeling the smell of cocktail and how they mix it, it’s craftsmanship, artesanal work, the more I see that sort of maniacal detail attention and the level of the cocktail rising perfectly until the glass limit, the more I’ll be back to that bar, spending more time with the mixologist, enjoying new tastes and new stories.

Best cocktails in Madrid

1. Angelita Madrid

Angelita Madrid has one of the best cocktails in Madrid because: craftmanship. This is the keyword, even if it sounds a little weird that’s exactly the impression I had. The accuracy they 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.

The space is really nice and what surprised me was also the great number of spirits that Angelita does, 100% homemade with serveral tastes, that are added in all the cocktails of the menu.

Angelita Madrid, Calle Reina, 4, 28004 Madrid

2. Benares Madrid

Benares has one of the best cocktails in Madrid because: the way they reinvented the barra as we wrote in the article “The barra esperience in Benares” is something really unique in Madrid, but I guess even in Europe probably.

I’ve never tried an indian cocktail, but I know really well how reach is the indian variety of tastes that I had really high expectations about the experience, but than what I’ve discovered talking to Santi (the barman) is a Menu where each cocktail is dedicated to an Indian city and where you can taste the differences of every city through a unique mix of ingredients.

For example, vodka, beetroot “rubidus” juice, homemade chutney with just a hint of spice, lima sour, silver dust, accompanied by aromas of Delhi’s market and a jelly from the gardens of the Red Fort, is the composition of the cocktail Old Delhi.

Benares Madrid, Calle de Zurbano, 5, 28010 Madrid

3. Museo Chicote Madrid

Museo Chicote as one of the be cocktails in Madrid because: historical. Museo Chicote needs no introduction. Chicote is a stop on the Hemingway trail in Madrid. His tecnique and his way of mastering the mixology art has fascinated not only the cocktails lovers, but but also artists like Salvador Dalì and international actresses and actors like Ava Gardner, Rita Hepburn and Frank Sinatra.

The Museo Chicote is the history of mixology as it was the first cocktail bar in Madrid, with the best position, on the most famous Street of Madrid, the Gran Via, it maintains the classic allure with some shift in modernity with special nights and video mapping shows, always maintaing the focus on cocktails. The red lighted barra makes the experience even better because it catches the attention, and the barman are all great professionals. The Menu spaces from the unmissable classics to the new inspiring creations of the new generations of bartenders.

Museo Chicote Madrid, Calle Gran Vía, 12, 28013 Madrid

4. Del Diego Madrid

Del Diego Madrid has one of the best cocktails in Madrid because: familiar. Don’t waste your time looking for website and social media accounts, Del Diego in calle Reina is a familiar bar, at its second generation of Del Diego batenders. We met Fernando junior that is the son of the founder,  that is keeping alive the family tradition of how to manage a bar and prepare cocktails as they should be done.

They have a very old school barra, where you can comfortably sit and relax, admiring the Del Diego’s barman in action. The new bottles and the spirits collection are protagonists, both at the entrance and behind the barman. During the week you can have the opportunity to speak with the Del Diego Brothers and hear about their passion for the family business.

Del Diego Madrid, Calle Reina, 12, 28004 Madrid

5. Harvey’s Madrid

Harvey’s has one of the best cocktails in Madrid because: it is pure old fashioned, what you expect from an american bar in the 50es.

Located in calle Fuencarral, really close to Tribunal Metro station, with its shiny neon lights and the american style seats. But as in all the other locations, I never seat on the table, I want to stay close to the barman, ask some advice on the menu and see the magic. Because of course I’ve been to all these bars, but to more and more, and from one reason or another only these ten are on the list.

Perfect service also here, and they passed the test of my favourite cockail: Manatthan, and I cannot tell you how many bars can’t do a Manatthan or a Margarita, the basics.

Then with the Sazerac and the French55 on the menu they are stating “we know the history of mixology” and they really know how to mix.

Harvey’s Madrid, Calle de Fuencarral, 70, 28004 Madrid

6. Hermosos y Malditos Madrid

Hermos y Malditos has one of the best cocktails in Madrid because: you feel like you are out of space. I had the impression to be suddenly catapulted in a downtown diner late at night portrayed by Hopper in one of the most recognizable of paintings.

Distinguished, elegant, sophisticated that captured me for one of the best Instagram profile in town, exactly when it was opened.

Reading a bit more about the cocktail bar I also discovered the cocktail menu had one super hipster mixology tresure called “Wes Anderson”.
When I ordered it the very kind barman told me that due to the decision of creating this Scott Fitzgerald atmosphere, this key cocktail was renamed as the famous writer. Hermos y Malditos is infact the spanish version of the very renowned “The Beautiful and Damded”.
Well, the cocktail was very good, and I also appreciate the candies and the still water as soon as I sat down to the blue velvet sofa (yes, another Director’s quote, Mr. David Lynch).

Hermos y Malditos, Calle de Hermosilla, 23, 28001 Madrid

7. Meraki Gastrobar Madrid

Meraki gastrobar has one of the best cocktails in Madrid because: special. Yes this place is special and deserve a place in this list, because as for Hard Rock barman, talking to the master of mixology you hear a completely peronal why of developing and creating a cocktail. Unique.

I had the chance to meet the bartender Joaquin Poyatos at the same event where I’ve met XXXX from Hard Rock. Joaquin prepared a special cocktail that it will be included in the new menu of the restaurant than I was able to try and preview; a cocktail made with Spinach, called Popeye, paired with a spinach biscuit that perfectly matches with the taste of the drink.

His idea of the contamination between the cuisine and the barra, as a liquid exchange of knowledge really fascinated me, and the same it was during the Made in Love event when his creations were aromatized with olives, like if the tapa was inside the cocktail.

Moreover they have in Meraki a tremendous complete selection of Vermouth, with the Martini Italian version called Riserva Speciale Rubino, Cinzano 1757, then Casa Mariol, the classic Zecchini and much more. Every thursday and saturday there is always live music in Meraki so that know you don’t have any excuse to not trying this unique place.

 

Meraki GastroBar, Avenida de Carabanchel Alto 138, Madrid

8. Salmon Guru

Salmon Guru has one of the best Cocktail Bar in Madrid because: Diego Cabrera. In Madrid when you talk about mixology of cocktails, the first name that you will hear is him, Mr. Diego Cabrera, born and raised in Argentina, he is the owner of Salmon Guru. The service is excellent, when you sit you already have a fresh glass of water and some candies waiting for you. Details makes the difference, and everytime I go to calle Echegaray I find the same perfect service, and it’s unusual that Diego itself is welcoming with like this. The bartenders serving at the table create a connection with you, because they are making your cocktail so they need to know you and wish you to enjoy it.

It’s a chic bar, the ambient is amazing for sure, but the cartoons inspired neon are all part of the experience, a different experience where you can feel that connection to Diego’s passions.

You can find some pictures of Diego mixing but for this blog post we have chosen this funny one with Alex.

 

Salmon Guru Madrid, Calle Echegaray, 21, 28014 Madrid

9. El Palco Platea Madrid

El Palco Plate has one of the best cocktails in Madrid because: theatrical. The space is unique.

For those who don’t know, Platea is an old theater turned into a gastronomic center, with chic bars and restaurant. El Palco, located on the second floor offers an impressive view on the stage that can distract the atterion for the original reason why you are there, and it’s so hard to sit at the bar with the theatre on the back, but it worth a chat with the bartender, and than back to the seats.

 

El Palco Platea Madrid, Calle de Goya, 5-7, 28001 Madrid

10. Torre Barcelò Madrid

Torre Barcelò has one of the best cocktails in Madrid because: design. Yes, no doubt, it’s strenght is the design, in the spaces, in the menu, in the business card too. Nothing is left to change in this men made paradise.

Barceló Torre de Madrid really strenght it’s uniqueness with an incredible architecture from the outside and a great design on the inside. The view is reserved to the higher floors for the hotel accommodations and the spa. The cocktail bar is on the ground floor, right in front of Plaza de Espana shining through the fountains water.

I loved the atmosphere of the bar and service was perfect. I mean, if you bring me nuts and candies I’ll be in love with you forever.

 

Torre Barcelò Madrid, Plaza de España, 18, 28008 Madrid

My advice is to try it all as I did it. And I am quite sure that my barra experience will not end here, my research will continue as long as there will be new cocktails to try.

Meraki, when passion meets food

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How many times your favourite bar or restaurant was so full of people and impossible to get in on a random weekend? What about the bruch? Sunday morning queueing, the Madrid revisitation of Sunday Bloody Sunday by the U2.

Madridiana has the solution for this annoying weekend madness.

The method is: hype cool centric location on Monday or Tuesday, leaving the M30 for peaceful and relaxed locations during the weekend (remember that weekends start on Thursday in Madrid, or better Juernes).

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Meraki is a great example of the perfect weekend location.

Lore and Cris, the owners of Meraki restaurant decided to open their first venture in Carabanchel instead of a more centric barrio.

It’s a challenge but most of all it’s an innovative idea and proposal, and when I see innovation I see future and I have to support it.

The name, Meraki, is the first step into this wonderful world, because Meraki comes from the modern Greek and means “do something with passion, with absolute devotion, with undivided attention”, exactly what Lore and Cris transmitted me.

Even if there is a lot of green and blue, cold colours, Meraki it’s really a warm restaurant welcoming clients with a unique atmosphere, also thanks to history of how it was built and which materials have been used like the woods that  comes from the Iglesia de Fuente el Saz del Jarama.

At this point you might have already reserved a table in Meraki for the weekend and I haven’t talked about the food and the barra (which will be explained by Enzo Lauretta, the drinks expert).

And to be totally sincere I haven’t mentioned the first two part of the atmosphere that I guess are the most appreciated, the green walls and the beautiful murals in the terrace.

So let’s start with the core point of a this gastro restaurant: the menu.

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This fantastic ensaladilla rusa is the first bite of Meraki cuisine, as a welcoming tapas.

The starter best seller is the tartar, in the veggie, fishy or classic meat version, it’s really special, and the famous guakamola, which is a sort of avocado tartar, the paradise of avocado lovers.

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Look at the mango and the tomatoes in the veggie version, no filter picture of course, with my Nikon, it was delicious, I could have two more, even if the portions are huge, and dine with it, as starter, main course and dessert.

Choosing the main courses was not an easy task, the burger with beer bread sounds incredibly tasty, the tuna tataki perfectly matches with the tomatoes tartar, tortilla and croquetas for the classic spanish food with a Meraki touch.

In the end as for the guakamola we went for the funny naming, with the Maki taco as a mix of japanese uramaki and mexican taco, and a classic dish de toda la vida, the carrillera de ternera with patatas purea.

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Like a happy kids I was surprised to find my favourite water, San Pellegrino, the best sparkling water in the world.

Not to mention the tablas of quesos and jamon, cecina de Leon, with many starters and main courses made with cheese, Italian with the Burratina and French with the queso Camembert.

So many different cultures in one menu, totally in harmony between each other as a fusion concept should be considering that our tastes are changing every time we travel to a new destination and its culinary tradition and culture.

Creativity is the fil rouge of Meraki, it’s in every mesa, in every sofa, in every dish, that’s why this is not an ordinary restaurant.

Enzo’s thoughts

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As it was for the San Pellegrino water, the same accurate selection for the coffee with Illy and for a tremendous complete selection of Vermouth, with the Martini Italian version called Riserva Speciale Rubino, Cinzano 1757, then Casa Mariol, the classic Zecchini and much more.

Last but not least we also had what we call a “barra experience” with the bartender Joaquin Poyatos that we already had the chance to meet in occasion of the regional final of the bartending competition Made with Love, in collaboration with the Campari Academy, that put together the best bartenders of Madrid.

Joaquin prepared for us a special cocktail that it will be included in the new menu of the restaurant than we were able to try and preview.

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A cocktail made with Spinach, called Popeye, paired with a spinach biscuit that perfectly matches with the cocktail.

His idea of the contamination between the cuisine and the barra, as a liquid exchange of knowledge really fascinated me, and the same it was during the Made in Love event when his creations were aromatized with olives, like if the tapa was inside the cocktail.

Every thursday and saturday there is always live music in Meraki so that know you don’t have any excuse to not trying this unique place.

Wishing all the best to Lore and Cris, we can’t wait to be back to Meraki, convinced that their passion and dedication will be the key for the success and growth of this restaurant, which might be only the first of an amazing series of locals.

More information here: Meraki.