I have been meaning to write about Lakasa for quite some time. Lakasa opened its doors a little over a year ago and its success was almost instant, but this comes as no surprise when you have a place with well-prepared dishes, an incredibly warm and friendly service who make you feel right at home just like the restaurant’s name suggests (La casa means the house in Spanish) and all this at a reasonable price. The clients started filing in and they haven’t stopped so as you can imagine, reservations are necessary.
Of course success doesn’t just magically happen over night. Cesar Martin has been up and around working at a number of different restaurants in Madrid. He is especially good at preparing game and Marina, his French wife, is a delight. If you regard the French as being cold and distant, then Marina will break that mold. She is always upbeat, greeting you with a cheerful smile and helping you through the menu.
I recommend getting several dishes and sharing in the very Spanish fashion. Depending on the season you can find game of course, delicious tomatoes, season vegetables… a classic of the house are the Buñuelos de Idiazabal (light as air cheese puffs).
These are some of their dishes:
Recently and with the ever-constant aim of making their customers happy, they have started working with Bernard Antony, who has been maturing cheese in his village, Vieux Ferrette, for the past 35 years. His reputation now has past borders and his cheeses can be found at Michelin-starred restaurants in France, Germany, and Switzerland among others. Until recently I didn’t even know that there were people out there who buy and mature cheese but thank heavens they do because I have never tasted cheese as good as these. Every so often César gets a cheese plate sent by Antony which lasts around two weeks and then the next all new cheese plate arrives. Cesar or Marina very artfully explain each cheese with the visual help of an Ipad so you can see the stunning land and the animals from which each cheese is made. Theses cheeses are a dream to have here in Spain. Thank you for bringing them!
I can’t conclude without mentioning the wine list, which is quite good with references from various countries and where they keep a tight margin, which is always nice when you are a wine drinker like me.
Raimundo Fernández Villaverde, 26, 28003 Madrid