Hattori Hanzo

+34 917 86 57 80

Calle Mesonero Romanos,17 <m> Callao 3 5 Madrid, Madrid provincia, España

guardado por 174 personas

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a quality izakaya has opened in Madrid

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Madrid has a lot of Japanese restaurants, but almost all of them are sushi restaurants, that is why Hattori Hanzo is great news, a quality izakaya has opened in Madrid. Izakayas are the Japanese tapas bars, where you can go to have a beer and something light and casual to eat.

The place remembers me a place in Tokyo, Gonpachi, where the famous fight scene of Kill Bill was filmed. It’s quite big, it has a long bar, some tables at the entrance and a summer terrace yatai style, and the most popular area, at the back, where you can eat on the floor, but with space for your legs down the tables. It’s big but you’ll have to book it in advance, it’s quite crowed, specially for dinner.

So, as it is a tavern, you have to order some beers, they have Japanese draft beer (Kirin), the best, in my opinion. And with the beer some tapas: gyozas here are a essential choice.

Also the Karaage (marinated chicken), really light and tasty.

They have a robata for yakitoris that are one of their specialties, but this time we ordered Okonomiyaki, as it’s very difficult to find in Madrid, this one was as good as in Japan.

If you want something sweet they have some options, we ordered green tea and sesame ice creams, I know, nothing very special, it was really good, but next time we’ll chose the Dorayaki or the Matcha to Azuki Keki.

To sum up, a great place to go with friends to order some beers, gyozas and yakitoris to have a Japanese evening.

Good price, 20€ per person. Closed on Sundays.

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Restaurante Viridiana

+34 915 23 44 78

Calle de Juan de Mena 14 <m> Banco de España 2 Madrid, Madrid provincia, España

guardado por 315 personas

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It’s a place to enjoy tasty food, strong flavors, recipes with personality.

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Viridiana (besides a Luis Buñuel movie) is a signature restaurant owned by Abraham García, one of the top Spanish chefs. It’s a classic, more than 30 years offerings his personal cuisine, and you can still find him almost everyday at Viridiana, cooking and chatting with the clients, suggesting the out-of-the-menu daily dishes, making the experience of eating at Viridiana more special, he is quite a character. It’s a place to enjoy tasty food, strong flavors, recipes with personality.

It’s an expensive restaurant, but the quality if the ingredients its really outstanding. Selected products, traditional recipes but with a personal fusion touch that makes the difference. It has 2 floors, I prefer upstairs, is more quiet, and the decoration is less traditional than downstairs, as it is a former cellar.

Try not to order too much as the food is strong, and they always serve some on-the-house appetizers.If you have never been before you have to try the Egg with Boletus and truffle mousse.

The cellar is superb, you can find really espectacular wines here, be careful with the price! :)

You’ll pay around 75€ per person, but it depends a lot on what you order. It worth a visit, at least, once in you life!

You should book before you go.

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Goiko Grill

+34 910 22 37 34

Calle del Conde de Peñalver 41 <m> Lista 4 Madrid, Madrid provincia, España

guardado por 52 personas

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Best burger joint in Madrid,

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Goiko Grill is the best burger joint in Madrid, a dozen burgers to choose from, or, customize your own if you like, and some appetizers, that’s it, simple, but superb. It’s great for a casual lunch or dinner with friends.

Great prices for great burgers. They have a place in María de Molina and a terrace in Conde de Peñalver, you also can take it away or order from home. You can book online if you want.

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TANTA Madrid

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Plaza del Perú, 1 (esq. Alfonso XIII) <m> Pio XII 9 Madrid, Madrid provincia, España

guardado por 237 personas

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Peruvian restaurant, informal, always open

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Tanta is a quality, Peruvian restaurant, informal, always open (from 13:30h-16h and from 20:30h-00h), big enough to find a table even a Friday night. Thee food is awesome, tasty, colorful, fresh and delicious.

I love the typical Papa bread that you get when you sit down.

They have a large selection of cebiches, last time we shared a Cebiche clásico (ceviche made with croaker a and tiger’s milk, the Peruvian term for the citrus-based marinade that cures the seafood). And also some Wantanes (pork and shrimp with tamarind sauce).

Main courses are amazing, I never know what to choose, my favorites maybe are: Lomo saltado (beef tenderloin, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, peppers and rice, wok made), Tallarines Saltados (Wok sauteed noodles with chicken, shrimp, onions, tomatoes and peppers) and Gaston Burger (Beef, lettuce, tomato, house sauce, creole sauce, fries and chimichurri), named for Gastón Acurio, the owner, that also owns Astrid & Gastón, another great Peruvian restaurant in Madrid.

They also have great desserts, I love the Chocolate soufle.

Usually, you can pay around 25€ each, weekdays they serve a lunch menu for 17€.

You can book online.

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Chuka Ramen Bar

+34 640 65 13 46

Calle Echegaray, 9 <m> Sevilla 2 Madrid, Madrid provincia, España

guardado por 239 personas

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Finally amazing Ramen in Madrid

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At last!!! we were all looking forward to this! finally good Ramen in Madrid, not only good, really amazing Ramen, and not only Ramen, also great Gyozas and awesome Baos. Chuka Ramen Bar remembers to those superb Ramen Bars you can find in Tokyo, but also to Momofuku, the famous David Chang restaurant, and the reason is that one of the chefs (John Husby) worked there, what good luck he decided to move to Spain :)

Gyozas are a great way to start, order both of them, Butifarra and Prawns, I can’t choose only one option.

If you want to try some more new-in-town dishes you can go with the Dok boki, a Korean recipe made with rice and chili.

And then, Ramen! they have 3 options: Shoyu (dashi and chicken soup with noodles, pork, egg and nori), Miso dashi (dashi and miso soup with noodles, vegetables and shiitake) or Hiyashi chuka (no soup, cold noodles, sausage, sichuán chili, watercress and sweet cashews).

I will also suggest you to order some Baos, there are amazing options as the pork one (David Chang’s iconic pork bun at Momofuku Noodle Bar) or the fried chicken bun. And if you can eat a little bit more, the Mochi doughnut, their only dessert, a rice pie with lime ice cream.

And this is not everything, they also have surprising Japanese beers worth trying.

The prices are very reasonable, 20-30€ per person.

My prayers have been answered, I can eat amazing Ramen at least in Madrid, thanks Chuka guys.

Booking is not possible, so go early to find a spot, there are less than 40 seats. It is open Tuesday through Saturday night and only noon on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Bacira

+34 918 66 40 30

Calle del Castillo 16 <m> Iglesia 1 Madrid, Madrid provincia, España

guardado por 261 personas

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Excellent quality of the ingredients and innovative recipes done to perfection

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You are going to enjoy Bacira from the entrance to the table talk. It’s a Mediterranean (with an Asian touch) restaurant, bright and fresh decorated in Chamberi neighborhood.

The secret: excellent quality of the ingredients and innovative recipes done to perfection. The place is so comfortable, the light, the space, you could eat here forever.

They offer a sample menu for 30€, and a daily menu for 14€. If you prefer to choose from the menu you can go for something light and fresh like Ceviche, or a typical Spanish recipe: Egg with bread (migas), potatoes and chorizo (we order half plates to try more dishes).

For main dishes I’ll suggest the Oaxtail meatballs, with mashed potato, it will melt in your mouth! Or you can try the Grilled smoked octopus, incredible soft.
Amazing desserts, so you have to make room for them.

It’s a great place to go with friends, family or your partner, the place will let you have a conversation, and if you go for lunch, the light from the windows will make you feel as good as the amazing food.

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Iroco

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Calle de Velázquez, 18 <m> Velázquez 4 Madrid, Madrid provincia, España

guardado por 255 personas

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Mediterranean food in an unbelievable terrace

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Iroco is a quiet restaurant, perfect for lunch or dinner plus conversation, great service, delicious Mediterranean style food, good price and with an unbelievable terrace inside an amazing patio in the middle of Madrid.

You can have half dishes if you want, great choice for sharing a salad, as the Crispy Chicken salad that I love, and Tomato with burrata.

For main dishes they have rice, pasta, meat, vegetables and meat to chose from. Rice “socarrat” with grilled prawns is amazing. Or you can order their famous Steak tartar. Or the Mini hamburgers with Miraflores cheese, they are a must.

The desserts are crazy, Chocolate “tronco” with olive oil ice cream or Lime biscuit glaccé are a sure win.

It’s a great idea have a cocktail, as the menu is really assorted and original, I always go with a Campari with orange juice, perfect aperitif.

Price is around 35€ each.

Booking is advisable, especially for the terrace in spring and summer. Enjoy!

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Nonsolocaffé

+34 915 33 61 08

Calle de Ríos Rosas 52 <m> Alonso Cano 7 Madrid, Madrid provincia, España

guardado por 221 personas

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Regional dishes of north Italy.

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Nonsolocaffé shows that things are not always what they seem and that appearances can be misleading. From the outside it seems just like another cafetería to have a good coffee, tea or juice and something light to eat, but it isn’t. It’s one of the best Italian restaurants in Madrid, Nonsolocaffé specializes in regional dishes of north Italy.
There are four lounges: “Il Lounge-Bar” perfect for an Italian breakfast, Spritz, or even a casual dinner; “Il Corridoio”, high tables and stools (is the one I prefer); “Il Salottino”, the main room for lunch and dinner; and from March to October “La Terrazza”.

The food is delicious, everything homemade, we started with Melanzane alla parmigiana, then Tagliatelle mari e monti (tossed with prawns, mushrooms and other forest mushrooms and a touch of tomato) and an out of the menu dish Tagliatelle with artichokes and guanciale. Pannacotta for dessert, with strawberry sirope. They offer a great variety of Italian wines also.

The price is around 25€ each, so it’s a perfect choice if you are in the area!

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DiverXO

+34 915 70 07 66

Calle Padre Damián, 23 (Hotel NH Eurobuilding) <m> Cuzco 10 Madrid, Madrid provincia, España

guardado por 560 personas

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Absolutely cutting edge, it worth the price.

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In November 2009, Michelin awarded Diverxo their first Michelin star, in 2011, the second, and in November 2013, the third, and it’s surprising as it’s an atypical restaurant, non-traditional, non-luxury, it´s absolutely cutting edge. They say the food is Mediterranean with Chinese and Japanese influences, but is more than that, it must be extraterrestrial at least. David Muñoz is a genius.

Flavors you have never had before and you have never imagine surprise you bite by bite. You have 2 menus to chose from, the short one with 8 dishes and the long one with 11, and different from table to table depending on your taste, the number of visits… they recommend the short one for the first time.

I didn't take any picture, for 2 reasons, I was really busy delighting myself savoring and guessing every ingredient. The other reason is that I don’t want to spoil, keeping the secret of what you are going to find there increases the pleasure of the experience.

Make a reservation with months in advance, chose your menu, be open minded and enjoy, you will keep talking about it for months (until you get there again).

The menus are 115€ the short menu and 170€ the long menu, per person without wine.

If you want to get an idea of what is Diverxo without waiting to get a reservation and much cheaper, go to Streetxo, the “street-food” version of the main restaurant.

Calle del Pensamiento, 28 (until July 2014)

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La Mejor Tarta de Chocolate del Mundo

+34 915 77 50 08

Calle Alcalá 89 <m> Retiro 2 Madrid, Madrid provincia, España

guardado por 175 personas

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Indeed

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The best chocolate cake in the world is the name of this tiny charming shop in front of El Retiro park, they are not modest because they don’t need to, it is indeed the best chocolate cake in the world. They have 2 types of cakes in 2 sizes, one with 70% cocoa, the other with 53%, in 2 sizes (14 or 8 servings), or you can order a single portion, everything to take away (or delivery).

The cake has no flour or yeast and all its ingredients are of the highest quality: chocolate, butter, margarine, sugar, cocoa powder and egg. The creator of all this is a Portuguese named Carlos Braz that opened first in Lisbon and now we can enjoy it in Spain, USA, Brasil, Angola and Australia.

So, if you are near El Retiro, is not a better plan than looking for the hidden shop, order a portion and enjoy the best chocolate cake in the world resting under a tree in the park.

Weekdays: 12-20h and weekends: 11-15h, Alcalá, 89, 915 77 50 08

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