Tim and I were five days in Madrid. Obviously we had to eat. So we used TripAdvisor and personal recommendations to find nice places to eat. Or we just wandered te streets.
Breakfast proved difficult. As in France, Spain is not ‘big’ on breakfast. It’s not the United Kingdom, Belgium or Germany. You must be happy with some pastry or a sandwich and coffee.
Here are a few addresses we can recommend.
Mediterranean and Spanish dishes with a large selection of wines. Perfect pitstop during the day.
Michelin-star gastronomy at a price. We paid around 165 euros per person for a many course menu, assorted wines and an aperitif.
Food was impeccable, but we may not have been overly overwhelmed. But we we must admit we’re a bit spoilt. Service was a bit too quick. We Belgians like to take time. Certainly for that price.
Busy foodcourt on the busy shopping street of Fuencarral. Top tip: go a bit earlier than everyone else. Typical dinner time starts at 9, even 10PM. So try 8ish. You’ll have more room. From croquetas to jamón ibérico, from burgers to pintxos. You’ll find something you’ll like.
Probably the best surprise of our Madrid trip. The place was almost empty but offered delicious modern Spanish dishes. The waiter spoke Spanish, Italian, English French and Dutch. Yes, he studied in Brussels. Have velvet cake for dessert!
The nicest breakfast we had. The tavern is located in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía but you can enter from the main street. Sandwiches, croissants and pastry for breakfast.
Not the gastronomic foodcourt of the main El Corte Inglés, but this one has a nice yet busy restaurant. We enjoyed our large paella here.
The Gourmet Experience on the 9th floor of El Corte Inglés in the shopping heart of Madrid is busy a.f. but a niece experience. We ate at pintxos bar Imanol. The name makes Tim and I giggle (it only works in Flemish, sorry). Nice variety of Basque pintxos.
Wow. We actually ate there twice, but didn’t realise it the first time. Hip and trendy molecular Spanish cuisine with excellent foor and wine pairing. And not that expensive. It was our last lunch Madrid but I can faithfully use the phrase “last but not least” here.
For the food and for the interior design, put NuBel on your list. It’s also located at the Museo Reina Sofía.