Ever since Punto MX opened in Madrid, I have been a great fan, finding their food to be absolutely delicious. Now, they have embarked on a new adventure, Cascabel, which is a mezcal bar, located on the 7th floor of El Corte Ingles Gourmet Experience (next to Street XO and Rocambolesc). Well decorated with some round tables and bar stool seating, loud music and dim lighting give off a cool vibe. Not to mention the waiters who seem to be having a great time. You will find margaritas, mezcales, tequilas…but I fell in love with Vato Loco which is a non-alcoholic drink made with lime, cucumber and mint. So fresh and tasty! The food of course maintains the Punto MX know-how with handmade tortillas and totopos (tortilla chips). You can have their signature guacamole which is a must for me. Scallop Ceviche with citric emulsion (picture below).There is a variety of different tacos made with fish, veal, pork… below is the Taco Arabe made with bullock entrecôte, chile habanero and cucumber tzaiziki. Spicy and wonderful! But the dish that I found to be mind-blowingly amazing was the charbroiled beef ribs covered in mulato ancho and cascabel chiles. Served with borracho sauce. This is a huge dish and it is meant for at least two people. Definitely one of the best ribs I have ever tried!
You can also eat in the terrace if you prefer alfresco dining and since you are on the seventh floor, the view of Madrid is quite nice.
Remember that Cascabel does not take reservations so it is a great place to just pop in and have some fun.
Gourmet Experience – El Corte Inglés
85-87 Serrano Street
opens every day
average price from 35 -50 euros but it depends greatly on how much you drink