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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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Oribu Gastrobar

+34 915 24 03 17

Barquillo 10 <m> Banco de España 2 Madrid, Madrid provincia, España

guardado por 79 personas

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Spanish and Japanese flavors

me encanta, uno de mis favoritos

Oribu means olive in Japanese, it describe perfectly what this gastrobar is: a perfect mix between Spanish and Japanese flavors. There are 3 lounges, the entrance with tall tables and stools for having something to eat from 4pm to 9pm, upstairs, with only 5 small tables, and the biggest lounge downstairs.

The mix is amazing, the Gyozas made with “Cocido” (typical Madrid broth made with meat, vegetables and chickpeas) are really good, the dough is thin, the stuffing is melty, and they serve it with fresh mint, coriander and soup, addictive!

Another must is the Spanish omelette, it is fried in tempura, very light.

Sushi is spectacular, “Boquerón” (anchovy) Hosomaki is amazing, and the dressing with the tuna and salmon nigiris crazy suitable.

For dessert they have also good choices, order the Pannacotta with violet ice cream, delicious.

For lunch they have a menu for a great price: 10,50€, for dinner it’d be around 30€ each.

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listas: Japanese, Spanish

Taberna Arzabal

+34 914 09 56 61

Avenida Menendez Pelayo,13 <m> Ibiza 9 Madrid, Madrid provincia, España

guardado por 68 personas

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Traditional Spanish food in an up-to-date and easy way

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Traditional Spanish food in an up-to-date and easy way, good market products and an excellent wine cellar, that’s what you’ll find here in Taberna Arzábal. Opposite Retiro Park, they have 2 restaurants and a private club I have yet to go.

As they bring you your drinks (they have great wines by glass, I love Pétalos del Bierzo) they also bring you some bread and a bucket (yeah) of homemade butter, delicious, you can’s stop!

It’s a fantastic place to have a casual lunch or dinner, if you decide it on the fly you can get some place at the bar. Wine for 2 people, 2 starters, 2 main dishes, dessert and coffee will be about 35€ each.

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Taberna de la Dolores

+34 914 29 22 43

Plaza de Jesús 4 <m> Antón Martín 1 Madrid, Madrid provincia, España

guardado por 87 personas

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This is so Madrid!

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This is so Madrid! Taberna La Dolores. A facade with painted tiles, dark wood shelves filled with bottles, blackboards with recommended tapas and montados, a bar area full of groups of friends standing, a table area with a sign that reads “Dining only”. This emblematic tavern is famous for their great cañas (small glasses of draught beer) and boquerones en vinagre, and was opened in 1.908.

Great place to whet your appetite before lunch or dinner, stand at the bar and order a caña, they’ll also serve you a typical tapa to have with it, or if you prefer you can sit down and order some Boquerones en vinagre or Anchovies, typically with some olives and chips, or Berberechos (cockles).

It’s a classic place for foreigners and locals where you can go to taste some castizo atmosphere in Huertas neighborhood but knowing for sure you are having great quality tapas and cañas.

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TriCiclo

+34 910 24 47 98

Calle Santa María 28 <m> Antón Martín 1 Madrid, Madrid provincia, España

guardado por 403 personas

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Love at first visit

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Three chefs in the kitchen, three sections on the menu, three rooms in the restaurant, and three sizes of servings. Love at first visit. The food served at El Triciclo deserves not three but five stars. Local fresh market cuisine in this amazing restaurant, direct to my favs. Simple rustic design which lacks the flavor that comes with age that certainly will fulfill.

So, three rooms: the bar, where you can have a wine without booking a table if you couldn’t get one or if you are passing by, a space for groups around an old carpenter’s table, and the main room.

Three different sections on the menu, and while you decide you can enjoy a glass of wine and the complimentary starter as the one we had: Potatoes with mojo sauce, the tubercle was still warm and at its point and the sauce delicious.

We ordered half rations to share between two so we could try more dishes on the menu. First section: Del mercado al TriCiclo (focused on the quality and freshness of the product), as Calçots (spring onions) grilled with romesco sauce.

Second section: Un paseo en TriCiclo (traditional but elaborated dishes) and the third section: Un viaje en TriCiclo (dishes with surprising mixed flavors) as the Steak tartar with egg and roes.

But here the trio becomes a quartet because the philosophy of the restaurant is to have a non-fixed menu, with seasonal products that they find at the market. So we ordered also: Bushmeat balls (surprising, melty, I wish they could be on the permanent menu), Crispy sweetbreads with vegetables, and Scrambled eggs with mushrooms.

For dessert strawberries and blood oranges with basil ice cream and mint.

All of these amazing half dishes plus 4 glasses of red wine for less than 70€, I’m now one of their new fans.

Reservation required, you can do it online (plan ahead).

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Vilalua

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Calle Ayala, 87 <m> Lista 4 Madrid, Madrid provincia, España

guardado por 50 personas

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Galician nice corner in Madrid

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Vilalua is a “pulpería”, a traditional Galician restaurant specialized in octopus, “a la gallega”, it means boiled with paprika and cachelos (boiled potatoes), its inseparable side dish. Pulpo is Vilalúas core, cooked just its fair time, brought from Galicia everyday.

The menu is very very short, but you also can (and must) order other typical dishes as: Empanada (meat or seafood pie) or Carne richada (meatloaf), every recipe and ingredient is from Galicia, even the burger, they call it “Galiburger”, its made with Galician beef, Galician bread and Arzua cheese, really delicious, first class ingredients, indescribable.

They will offer you seafood of the day, last time they had Mussels, Galicia style cooked, boiled, fresh and tasty.

We usually go there to have some pulpo and white wine, Galician too, Albariño, a jug to share and several cuncas (the typical Galician glass for the wine).

I love to finish dinner with some Galician cheese with quince.

The place is not very big, has a bar, two or three high tables with stools and two large communal tables to share. The decor is beautiful, all wood, modern but cozy. There are two places in Madrid, and one in País Vasco. It’s no necessary to make a reservation.

You can have a great dinner for 20€.

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La Maruca

+34 917 81 49 69

Calle Velázquez, 54 <m> Velázquez 4 Madrid, Madrid provincia, España

guardado por 302 personas

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Superb small plates

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La Maruca is a nice beach at Santander, but also a superb restaurant in Madrid, Velázquez street. The owner also opened Cañadío a couple of years ago, but this new restaurant is more casual and cheaper. Traditional Spanish tapas and small plates (not so small!) but absolutely great ingredients you can notice in every plate. If he continues down this path I foresee many more openings!!

The menu includes, salads and cold starters, we ordered Ensaladilla rusa, really tasty.

Also hot starters, we had the Cod brandade fritters, great, soft and delicate.

Eggs too, so we ordered the one with truffle, surprising.

We didn’t have anything from the Rice, soups, pasta and vegetables section. But we had one plate of fish (amazing Octopus with pumpkin pureé) and one meat plate, the Meatballs, Spanish traditional way.

For dessert we chose two (we were four people sharing), the Cheese flan, wow, and the Lemon pie, wow, wow.

We paid 25€ each with a bottle of wine and a bottle of water.

Reservation needed, is always crowed, a little bit noisy but you can have a conversation, you feel very comfortable with the attention provided, very nice, good rhythm.

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La Gastro de Chema

+34 913 64 22 63

Calle Barco,7 <m> Gran Via 1 5 Madrid, Madrid provincia, España

guardado por 292 personas

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The croquettes heaven

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Croquettes-mania! OMG! What a discovery! La Gastrocroquetería de Chema is the croquettes heaven, you may think croquettes are fine, but just that, you’ll change your mind in this lovely restaurant in Barco street in Madrid. They take the croquette as a category, not just a dish, they show with their recipes a lot of creativity and mastery.

We had Tex Mex croquettes (each tapa includes 2 units, but you can order more), made with guacamole, chicken and jalapeños, you could taste all these flavors. Then Duck and Foie Croquettes (my favorites), Sobrassada and chocolate and Liquid Cheese croquettes on Tomato confit and black olives (I’ve change my mind, these are my favorites).

In order to try other tapas besides croquettes we had this amazing Migas with curry and grapes, and a Shabu shabu of butterfish.

They have also sweet croquettes, so we ordered one of each: cheesecake, chocolate, tiramisu and oreo biscuits, I think the chocolate one and the cheesecake one are the best.

We paid 20€ each with a bottle of wine, so the price it’s as amazing as the croquettes! They also have fixed menus, and Sunday specials, I’m looking forward to try them.

Reservation required.

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Sala de Despiece

+34 917 52 61 06

Calle Ponzano,11 <m> Alonso Cano 7 Madrid, Madrid provincia, España

guardado por 287 personas

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Exquisite tapas

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“Ir de tapas” in Madrid is a must, but also difficult to find the best places to do so, especially in streets as Ponzano, you have to separate the wheat from chaff, Sala de Despiece is clearly wheat.

Great and creative decoration, as you were inside a really cool meat cutting room, or a former butchery. It’s small, with a big bar in the middle, with hooks over your head where you can find the forks, knives and napkins.

The menu is not too long but exquisite, and is presented as a list of dishes classified according to various criteria set by columns: section, product development, ingredients, origin, weight and price. All the meat comes from La Finca Jimenez Barbero, a top farm located in Colmenar de Arroyo, in Madrid, and it’s one of their star dishes.
We had the carpaccio and it was really amazing, the meat is fabulous, they serve it which salt, tomato and a truffle sauce, you have to spread it over the meat and roll it.

Butter fish was a great choice too, grilled, really tasty.
We also order Galician octopus chalaca (with fresh vegetables: onion, tomato).

Its a fantastic place to meet with friends, but if you are a big group better go early (its always crowd), we were 4 and order 2 plates of each, several glasess of wine, beer, a Gin&Tonic, and a flan for dessert and we paid for everything 90€.

From Tuesday to Sunday, lunch or dinner time (not Sudays). Not reservation available. Ponzano, 11.

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