MADRID FOOD GUIDE (I)

  1. Osteria Il COLOMBO in Calle Hermanos Bécquer 5

Colombo opened recently this past November in Madrid with a similar Venetian menu as their brother restaurant, Xemei, in Barcelona.

Spaghetti al nero de Sepia
Chocolate cake with caramel ice cream

2. Le Petit in Calle de Argensola 24

One of the most charming, romantic and intimate French cuisine restaurants in Madrid.

Small exterior table for 2

I recommend sharing different plates to get to taste more than one! My favorite dishes are their oven cooked artichokes with olive oil, salt and rosemary as well as their calamari with rainbow vegetables.

Artichokes
Squid and veggies
Sashimi

Keep space for their chocolate desserts, mouthwatering!

Brownie cake with vanilla ice cream

3. 80 grados Malasaña in Calle de Manuela Malasaña 10

This restaurant is the perfect option for large group friend gatherings. I suggest sharing a bunch of plates. You can end up having a delicious dinner for only 20 euros!

Shrimp puff pastries and chicken tenders
Oreo cheese cake and lemon cake

4. Aarde Restaurante in Plaza de la Independencia 10

A pricey restaurant for special occasions near Retiro Park and Puerta de Alcalá. Their extended menu is a combination of several cuisines: Japanese, Mediterranean and Indian.

Ice cream tree cones
Lights
Curry hummus
Roasted cauliflower with curry base
Back: Sea bass capriccio / Side: Truffle risotto / Front: salmon-tuna-seabass sashimi

5. Konnichiwa in Calle Fuencarral 98

Ideally for a fast, cheap and delicious sushi option in the city. The only negative aspect is that their kitchen extractor hood is not effective which gives the entire restaurant a Korean bbq ramen smell.

6. Sto Globo Sushi in Calle Sta. Teresa 8

Small, cozy, romantic. Ideal for dates. Don’t forget to try their tuna tartare baos: INCREDIBLE!

Tuna bao with fried egg
Explosive cheesecake

7. Lamonarracha in Calle Alonso Cano, 53

DELICIOUS OPTION to go with your girlfriends to gossip and catch up of the week! Try their flamed sushi!

Flamed nigiris/ Avocado maki & shrimp roll
Flamed salmon avocado roll

8. Mo de movimiento in Calle Espronceda, 34

A spacious Italian restaurant with a beautiful exterior space. Tip: don’t go on weekends for lunch… their service is not as good as during weekdays.

Pizzas and Calzone
Beet hummus

9. Quispe in Calle de Orellana, 1

ONE OF MY FAVORITE OPTIONS IN MADRID. A Peruvian restaurant with thin cut fish, sushi rolls, rice plates and many more delicious options!

Design
Peruvian chairs
Mixed nigiris

10. Ikigai in Calle de la Flor Baja, 5

Expensive but worth to try to impress your date. They have a large variety of hand rolls.

Tuna tartare hand roll
Eal and quail egg hand roll
Matcha motchi

11. Sala de despecie in Calle Ponzano, 11

A restaurant where waiters use “fire” and other engaging methods to serve your orders. Delicious food and excellent quality. The restaurant is small so be sure to reserve ahead of time!

Tomato, basil and olive oil
Tuna tartar crunchy balls
Grilled octopus
Cheese “flan” served with honey drops and berries

12. Mune in Calle de Pelayo, 57

A Lebanese restaurant with high quality vegetarian and non vegetarian options. Keep space for their delicious Kneffe (puff pastrie filled with cheese).

Taboule, Fattoush, Humus and Wara Aneb
Humus and Wara Aneb
Kebbeh: meat croquettes
Arabic puff pastries with pistachio
“Knefe” with pistachios

MY FAVORITE OPTION (SO FAR) —-> QUISPE for the excellent quality, service and ambiance.


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