In the past year and a half we’ve tried countless bars and restaurants. Some we’ve liked, and some we haven’t, and we’ve only written about the ones we really like.
Our posts, written in Spanish and English, have had different success depending on the language. So here’s a mix! Our 10 most popular posts.
This famous Argüelles neighbourhood bar is best known for its tortilla. They have more than 30 different kinds and at a super reasonable price; sharing a portion of tortilla, a croquette or two and a beer will run you less than 5 euros.
2. Mad Grill
We are constantly on the hunt for Madrid’s best burger and Mad Grill has a pretty good one. We love their vibe and craft beer, and their chicken wings are a must! Find Mad Grill in Justicia (Metro Alonso Martínez) or its sister restaurant, Mad Cafe, in La Latina.
This classically decorated French restaurant in Salamanca has, in our opinion, the best steak frites in Madrid. It’s the only thing they serve: tender steak slowly cooked in a delicious butter sauce, crispy frites and a green salad for 22 euros. Worth every penny.
4. Mama Campo
This place is great for a few different reasons. First, it’s healthy AND delicious (the pumpkin gnocchi is everything). Second, it’s right in the middle of Plaza de Olavide, which is vibrant and gorgeous. And third, they have an organic market literally attached/around the corner!
This is one of our go-to restaurants for taking out-of-town guests. The place is chic and modern and they have a great selection of unique, elaborated tapas that always seem to satisfy different types of palates. We love the salt-crusted sea bass, el ‘potito’ and the duck tacos.
Honourable mention: Nakeima
The wait for a table at Nakeima can be a pain, but once you get in the experience is unforgettable. If you’re anything like us, the dumpling bar’s tasting menu of 14 courses (plus an additional wine pairing) will have you leaving you happy, impressed and satisfied.
1. La Canica
An elegant restaurant with three different locations, mostly in the north of the city, La Canica (the marble) is known for their round croquettes, and they really are that delicious. Although we definitely noticed a love for basil flavours on the menu, they serve up a nice mix of Spanish cuisine and the key lime pie they offer for dessert is divine.
2. El Imparcial
A hidden gem located right between La Latina and Tirso de Molina. Whether it be for the gorgeous decoration or its cool vibe, this place is always full. Part boutique, part bar, all restaurant, the menu is varied and scrumptious. We especially love the tuna tartare and the tacos.
This is another one of our faves for out-of-towners, but also for going with groups of friends. The portions are totally shareable and we don’t think we’ve ever ordered anything we haven’t liked. We especially love the grilled octopus and oxtail between pastry sheets.
With two locations just off of Gran Via and one near plaza Mayor, Horno de San Onofre offer salty and sweet baked goods of all kinds. Their chocolate neapolitan napoleon is off-the-charts good, everything is home made and they deliver.
5. Casa Tomada
Famous for their gourmet sandwiches, Casa Tomada is great for a delicious meal on a budget (delivery or eating in!). Their subs are HUGE – one is easily shareable for two – and they have a nice variety of American-style appetizers (our personal fave is the pulled pork fries). As for our choice of sandwiches, we love the Fat Roast Beef and the Big Balls.
Honourable mention: Condumios
Spanish fare with a twist, this place has all the classics and something a little extra for the more adventurous. Condumios has Portguese-inspired dishes, amazing croquettes and great casquería (offal); personally we recommend their amazing stewed beef tongue.