Pasta galore at PASTAMITO

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I have always asked myself why there is not a successful italian style food franchisee? We are plenty of food franchising restaurant from all over the world at local, national and international level but there is not a world franchisee for pasta.

The risto-shop formula seems to be the most valuable for this kind of restaurants, because with pasta you are lucky enough to consume a delicious ravioli meal and then buy the same ravioli for you weekly cooking at home.

When the filled pasta is made with the right ingredients, both for the pasta than from the stuffing, the result is always a success. In the best case scenario you just need a little portion of butter with sage and that’s it, easy but effective.

Discovering PastaMito

In PastaMito I had the chance to try the pumpkin ravioli which to me are the real masterpiece, and I love them exactly like written before, butter and sage. This is the pumpkin season and we should enjoy it.

While the pasta is getting ready, if you want to have a real italian dinner made with starter, main course (pasta) and second course which might be fish or meat, you have to try and share 2 or 3 antipasti with your commensals.

I’ve tried the burrata which is an essential starter that with the hot focaccia served with bread makes the perfect match all year long. There are several versions with different toppings, if you like salmon for example that’s a really good option or the tricolor version with cherry tomatoes and pesto. If you like aubergine as I do, well, the melanzane parmigiana is a mandatory choice, because it’s a complex dish to cook that requires a lot of patient.

Pasta Mito was born as a market shop in Mercado Chamartin, famous for the italian nowhere to be found traditional products, like pasta, biscuits, beer, wine and oil.

The opening of the second risto-shop this time in Chamberi is a strategic step forward to let madrid people know a tasty italian restaurant and shop in the most residential and energetic barrio in Madrid.

This new restaurant in calle alburquerque 5 is in a perfect location across calle fuencarral, between Bilbao Metro Station and Quevedo.

The interior are really nice and the service is lovely, especially in helping with the choice of the dishes and the wine selection from every region of Italy.

Per tutti i gusti los dulces de @pastamito 🎂 Tiramisù, crostata, pannacotta y cannoli 🍮 #madridiana

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A special italian meal need to end with the best desserts: cannoli, tiramisù and panacotta are three masterpiece, that again like the antipasti need to be shared.

I wish to PastaMito all the best, especially to become the first pasta franchising in Madrid, than in Spain and for sure of the world.

Pasta Mito Alburquerque

C/Alburquerque,5

Email: alburquerque@pastamito.com

Telefono: 917 825 257

Lúa, the Galician starred restaurant that means moon

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The more I know great Galician Restaurants in Madrid like Lúa, the more I am planning my next vacation in this gourmet land in the north of Spain.
Lúa is not the latest glamourous restaurant launched three weeks ago, it’s an institution both in Madrid and around the world.

What’s the strength of this restaurant?

For sure the degustation menu formula is something that is very characteristic about this place. I think we should also ask for suggestions when we visit a new restaurant and I guess a seasonal tailor made menu by the chef is the greatest advice you could ever receive.
Cocina Gallega 100%, from the ingredients, to the name of the restaurant, Lúa means moon in Gallego, and have been dreamed and realized by chef Manuel Dominguez from more than a decade.
The restaurant became popular in its first location, a tiny space in calle Zurbano, which was specifically thought for the degustation menu, kept the same formula when moving to Paseo Edoardo Dato.

A renovation of the restaurant in 2015 opened a new perspective with the typical Spanish barra, ideal for happy hours or afterwork.
Everyone can try exquisite menu dishes in singular raciones, enjoying a starred tapa without reserving for a menu.

Prizes and specialities

So far so good, Lúa Restaurant can spend its name as the only Galician restaurant outside Galicia than has received a Michelin star, and can also count on dos Repsol suns and two M by Metropoli.
I heard that Manuel Dominguez Pulpo a la Galiciana (el clásico à feira) is the most authentic in Madrid, and I have to say that I totally agree especially because of the typical presentation, the octopus in its simplest form.
A dish that it’s typical from Galicia, but that it’s also so hard to cook and to find such in perfect texture like in Lúa.
This classic version is one of the dishes you can try also at the barra in Lúa.
Another tapa that you can’t miss at Lúa’s barra is the bocado de foie micuit on a pear and queso San Simon empanada. Tremendously good.

Where details matter

From the amazing decoration of the space, to the art of designing a menu based on seasonal and market products from Galicia, every detail matter. I have also appreciate the detail of the wine, with more than 150 different labels you can also try a Galician wine produced only for the restaurant, they have their own label, with a white and a red Ribeiro elaborated with the variety coming from the autochtones artesanal.

Un buen plan para terminar un lunes: brownie con helado de almendras y trufa negra, solo en @restaurante_lua 🍫 #madridiana.

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A special detail I really suggest to try, because as it happen to me, you will rarely forget from this restaurant, is the end the meal with the truffle brownie, which doesn’t me truffle chocolate, but real black truffle layers and mixing flavours with a almond ice cream and a chocolate brownie.
Last but not least, two spaces of the restaurant thatntotally deserve the right attention.
First, you can reserve a big space downstairs at the entrance of the restaurant, with a special menu, which is perfect for example for business dinners, high demanded as I could see by businessmen travelling from the all over the world, reserving with months and weeks of advance.
The second space that is accessible in two different ways, from the kitchen (yes, walking through the kitchen) and from a special entrance, it’s a private space for special occasion. When I saw it my mind hasn’t stop thinking for which occasion a could reserve it, and I am still wondering how I’ll be able to try this experience.

Restaurante Lúa
Paseo Eduardo Dato, 5
Tel. 91 395 28 53 | www.restaurantelua.com

The classic Geographic Club in Madrid

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The Geographic Club in Calle de Alcalà  is a master classic of Madrid best restaurants with an interior design that doesn’t make you feel in Madrid, because the travel concept can let you fly to Paris or London in a blink of eye.

This restaurant is a classic, not that “de toda la vida” classic, but a more contemporary like, the one that is never a bet, it’s always an assured option for a romantic dinner, a business happy hour or a friends night out.

It’s a classic and everyone knows it, even if you live in the city for few months you definitely have already heard about The Geographic club, or stepping by the entrance in Calle Alcalà with the intriguing lights and design makes you wonder about a dinner inside the restaurant.

Another element that makes it easier to recognize a classic restaurant is for the menu, with these 3-4 dishes that everyone is talking and instagramming about, and you definitely have to try. In Geographic club the three masterpieces I’d the chance to try were:

  • The merluza tortilla as a starter
  • The Boletus timbal with foie and black truffle
  • The apple cake (I guess you know it already).

Geographical Club

The decorations of the restaurant with this vintage british adventurer style together with the excellent service and the outstanding menu make the special offer from The Geographic club totally unique.

The experience of the owners and the whole staff is a clear statement for this restaurant, that mixes in two floors different style and stories. Even if you are a minimalist you will feel the magic of The Geographic Club and all the stories that each object and piece of decoration are there for sharing.

It really looked to me also like a secret and very private place, making it more and more sophisticated and exclusive.

From the entrance I really felt that an adventurer and collectionist invited me to have dinner surrounded by his private collection.

Verano means tartar and this steak tartar in @thegeographicclub is fenomenal #madridiana

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Talking about the gastronomy, as a huge fan of tartar I was so impressed by The Geographic steak tartar, which for the first time was asked to be more or less spicy, which was a lovely caring detail I really appreciated.

The menu is really complete, with both meat and fish alternative, with a range of different traditional and contemporary dishes. The wine list is interesting too like the pub style barra at the entrance where the cool cocktails are usually made.

If the tarte tatin style cake was not enough I also tried the chocolate melting cake which was a chocolate bomb that I won’t easily forget.

Definitely Madrid gastronomic offer wouldn’t be the same without The Geographic club that celebrates the spirit of adventures that we have all admired in Mister Cristoforo Colombo and the other discoverers of our history.

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

La cantidad de wasabi y de soja la decide el itamae, añadir más cantidad por el comensal es una ofensa para el chef #kappomadrid

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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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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.

•Ceviche de Lima• #Monico #bodas #eventos #cateringmadrid #ceviche #instafood

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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

Restaurante Roseta, enjoying the Slow Food

Restaurants names are as important as their menu and atmosphere. The Restaurante Roseta is a celebration of the most famous flower, the rose, a simple idea with a unique concept.

Restaurante Roseta declares its cuisine as basically traditional cuisine with a ‘farm-to-table’ objective to revolutionize the way to cook.

This internation movement of the  ‘farm-to-table’ is really well known in northern Europe but less in the Peninsula Iberica, Restaurante Roseta is one of the firsts offering in Madrid this gastronomy concept.

While in Italy Slow Food it’s like a religion, a capillary organization preserving the best from every region, with it’s guru Carlo Petrini, a wise man who understood more than 30 years ago the importance of the km0, now directing a gastronomy university in its hometown Bra, here in Spain there is not yet a fertile ground to build such a farm network.

“Slow Food unites the pleasure of food with responsibility, sustainability and harmony with nature.” – Carlo Petrini

Luckily for us living in Madrid, there are enlightened entrepreneurs like Stefano Failoni, Roseta’s founder, with his more than 10 years of expertise in the restaurant world, who are riding this international trend bringing the best product to the Spanish capital.

What you should expect to find in Restaurante Roseta is authentic home food, with selected ingredients bought from tiny farmers and producers, guaranteeing a 100% traditional home food experience.

The atmosphere is really nice, the place has totally been designed for this concept with a beautiful terrace and a large indoor seat saloon. The tables are well distributed and if you love while music there is often a band singing, shaking the quiet mood into a funny Roseta night.

Music is not the only special features, events are organized weekend, for kids with special menus and laborations.

Located in Alcobendas it has become the mediodia restaurant of toda la vida for all the employees working in the district.

Between the dishes I liked the most there were for sure the fried aubergine with romero honey and a goat cheese sauce to dip that was fabulous, like the Cantabrico anchoas and an exquisite meat hamburger.

The final goal is to let you feel like home, enjoy the meal and experience a kind service in a friendly location, and to me they got the point and they hit the target, amazing place, amazing concept.

Dans le Noir finally in Madrid

I’ve lived for 10 years in Milan, and always wish to visit the “Dialogo nel buio” (means “Chat in the dark”)  project at the blind institute in the center of the city.

I’ve also work in that street for several years, but I never had the chance to experience life as a blind person, like how to perceive the spaces and with hearing and touching in the total darkness.

Thanks to “Dans le noir” here in Madrid I had the chance to dine in the darkness, without seeing the dimensions of the room and of course the way food is serves, so don’t wonder for the classic pictures, forget the phones, this is a unique unforgettable experience.

We are so lucky that this international format, born in Paris in 2004, has finally arrived in Madrid, after opening in Paris, Nantes, London, Barcelona, Saint Petersburg with permanent restaurants and in many other cities like New York, Varsavia, Geneva and Bangkok as a temporary restaurant.

“Dans le Noir” if you don’t know the project (or French) means “Inside the darkness” and it’s a more complex project than a blind dinner.

This restaurant, which is really not just a restaurant, has a clear purpose, not just to sell blind meals, but to introduce blind people to food service, and let them be your guides during the dinner.

The feelings will fearyou  are a lot, while entering the total dark room, you won’t wear any blindfold, your eyes will be wide open but you won’t see nothing at all, they keyword of the this experience is trust.

You will need to trust those guys serving you when you will be seated, but most of all, when entering and exiting you will trust their path and feel that little slow walking as the most dangerous of your life.

I mean, I didn’t have any idea of where the walls were, where the persona in front or besides me were walking, and this was really scary, that kind of scary where you start laughing like an idiot.

I was lucky enough to meet at the table a new friend and it was so funny to share this weird moments with her, even if I didn’t know her.

It’s interesting to do this experience with a friend or to talk with someone about what you are experiencing because we all feel the same feelings in the end.

What is even more interesting is guess what you are eating and what you are drinking. I won’t spoiler nothing, I am just saying that the menu presented by chef Manuel Nuñez are so tricky that I really went very far from the actual ingredients while guessing at the end of the dinner.

It’s a texture game, every dish is composed by different elements with different textures, it’s like a game with a strong conceptual identity.

But what surprised me the most that none was actually able to distinguish if the wines we were drinking were white or red.

I guess that experience a blind dinner would be better without talking with none, just mentalizing all the informations not to be confused or influenced by others. To me it always happen for example guessing the ingredients of a plate that some spare ingredients I don’t get it and when someone tell them I start tasting those ingredients and then it’s like if there is only that specific ingredients in my mind and I don’t taste the others.

So it will be wonderful to try the blind dinner experience alone, or in a more silent space, but on the other side I guess it will be deadly scaring, because talking gives a better idea of the space that you are taking up.

The fact that the 50% at least of the staff has discapacities makes this experience even more valuable in respect to a traditional restaurant experience, and the trust relation that need to be built during the dinner is something really special, because the guest is eating as if has discapacities while the staff that knows how to deal with those discapacities is helping the most creating a secure path along the dinner, with calm and self control.

Dans le noir restaurant in Madrid is in the center of the city, really close to Plaza Mayor, in the corner of a very tiny square that offers a great escape from the chaos and the noise of the city.

 

More information:Dans le Noir Madrid

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IBEX: the new, Wall Street inspired, bar in Salamanca

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When we read something like “the first place in Madrid…” doing something or the first restaurant offering something we are quite suspicious, because in such a vibrant city it seems that we have already seen all the offers available.

But this time we were totally wrong, not only IBEX is the first stock exchange bar in Madrid, but it is likely to be the first in the whole country. There should be something similar in Barcelona, but not that sophisticated as the IBEX offer.

What should happen in a stock exchange bar? Why it is called like that?

Ibex is totally inspired to the classic stock exchange mechanism of prices ups and downs depending on offer and demand.

This concept, with the live price billboard on the top of the bar is dedicated to beverage prices, every price category, like beer, rum, wine, goes ups and down after every order.

Two things really impressed us with this concept. First is that the software has been developed by the founders, recently graduated in IE Business School, and second that the prices goes down to the lowest point, every 30 minutes more or less.

But there is something more, this “lowest point” has been calculated after a full time research at the bars close to IBEX.

The lowest price is really the lowest price in that area.

Then there is the food offer, with a traditional Indian menu, all inspired by the names in the finance world, from the dot.com bubble to the well known idol of the finance: Mr. Gordon Gekko. Traditional but with a modern twist willing to introduce some latinos tapas in a near feature.

If you are wondering why and what a strange mix of an innovative bar offer with traditional indian food, imagining a classic burger and fries situation, considering Wall Street as the most evocative stock exchange, so that it all sounds like an american concept.

Well, this time you are wrong, the concept is more popular in the east end that in the wild west. But the choice of the indian cuisine was not chosen because of this trend in the middle east, but because all the founders are Indian.

Their homeland is present also at the bar with special Indian beer and selected Indian rum.

IBEX is really a place to be at least once, the concept is really funny and if you love Indian food the quality level is really high.

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We eat very special recipes that are not the usual food we have at an Indian restaurant, expect from the butter chicken which is very popular and it’s exquisite.

What can’t never miss in an Indian dinner is the nan bread, the cheese is like the ultimate for us, but their Ibex version with dried fruit is a very good alternative choice.

Lamb it’s a mandatory meal too, if not in a tikka version, we have tried a very distinguished starter plate with lamb meat presented as cigars, little tubes of lamb, delicious.

The dessert were very good too, the pistachio indian ice cream, and the fried milk balls.

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Really good.

IBEX is suggested both for dining and drinking, with resident deejay and thematic nights like beer pong every now and then. Better follow their social media profiles for all the updates.

It is also a great idea for a special event, from corporate team building situation to more friendly friends night out.

More information: IBEX – Calle Maldonado 7, 28006 – Madrid

Chueca best restaurant

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