Los Quesos de L’amelie – a cheese lovers must

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There is no hiding it, I am sure that in a past mouse I must have been a mouse living in a French fromagerie. If you are one of those people who dies for cheese, Los Quesos de L’amelie is a must-go-to. It is located behind Arturo Soria Plaza shopping center and it has a nice garden terrace right in front. Besides buying cheese they have high tables where you can order a glass of wine and nimble away on some delicious cheese. Another option is to sit outside and enjoy the sun and the breeze.

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Los Quesos de L’amelie

5 Torrecilla del Puerto Street, 28043 Madrid
Telephone- 913 88 12 

Arzabal Ponzano – one of the liveliest streets in Madrid

From a couple of years back Ponzano has been becoming more and more popular with a wider ranger of places to go get a drink or grab a bite to eat. Actually it has become so popular that you will find swarms of people flocking around both inside and outside making it hard to walk down the sidewalk or to order a drink. There is no doubt that this street is upbeat and fun on any day of the week. Now that it seems that summer is almost upon us, eating out and having a drink outside becomes even more appealing.

The choice is so wide that at times it can be difficult to decide which bars/taverns should be the chosen ones during your bar hopping. There are so many options ranging from places where you can grab a beer or a glass of wine and a tapa to more serious places where you can get a good quality meal. One of my favorites is Arzabal Ponzano run by Álvaro Castellanos and Iván Morales, you might have gone to one of their other restaurants: Arzabal Retiro, Arzabal Reina and one of my favorite Japanese restaurants Kirikata (previously known as A de Arzabal) It has been only a matter of time before they ventured out to trendy Ponzano.

The place is hip and stylish. You can eat either at the bar area or sitting down at one of the tables. It is the kind of places where you can grab some tapas with your friends after work or actually sit down with your parents or clients for a more formal/informal dinner.

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We are all accustomed to their quality standard. Delicious ham croquetas and it is actually a great place if you are in the mood for meat.

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I am a fan of their torrijas… simply perfect and topped off with a scoop of ice-cream. You can’t ask for more.

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Arzabal Ponzano
29 Breton de los Herreros Street
28003 Madrid
Telephone- 915 94 06 90

Umiko – Japanese fusion

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The first time I went to Umiko I liked it but I have to say that I didn’t fall in love with it. As the months passed, many friends would talk about how much they liked Umiko and that it was among their favorite Japanese restaurants in Madrid. After so much chatter I decided that I really had to go back and now I am also a fan.

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It is located near el Paseo del Prado and Alcalá Street, at 18 Los Madrazo Street. Here, two young chefs who worked at Kabuki with Ricardo Sanz, Pablo Álvaro Marcos and Juan Alcaide offer their version of Japanese fusion. The restaurant is small so getting a table can be tricky but it is worth the work. Good quality and tasty nigiri in a very laid back, fun atmosphere.

Being the oyster fan that I am, I always want to try them. I liked their version of the oyster in tempura. It adds to the natural taste of the oyster without covering it up.

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We had dry ramen, it is dry because it doesn’t come in the typical soup format. The sauce came from the head of the carabinero (large red prawn). It is also a good idea to suck on the head so that you can enjoy every last drop of the taste.

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Tuna Tartar

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Red mullet nigiri with its spine. The spine was deep fried so that it gave a crunchiness to the nigiri.

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Triciclo- better and better

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I can’t believe that it has taken me this long to write about Triciclo because it is one of those places that you just don’t want to miss. Ever since they opened, they have been improving not only the dishes but also the actual restaurant. When I went for the first time a couple of years ago I remember that I loved the food but the lighting wasn’t right and it was quite loud but with time all these minor setbacks have been taken care of and even the service has improved. The reason behind all of this is that there is so much energy and such a strong will behind Javier Goya, David Alfonso and Javier Mayor project that it could only go up.

The style of the restaurant is easy and laid back. You have some high tables at the front in case you want to have a drink and order some plates to share and then you have the tables. The restaurant has the form of a “U” and there is a big table where the two longer sides meet which is great for a bigger group.

The food is delicious. It is one of those places where you can’t go wrong. Last time we ate almost all the menu and every single dish was right on.

These are some of the dishes we had. We started off with variegated scallops, one of my favorite shellfish.

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Sea bream tataki prepared “a la madrileña” which means that it has a bit of potato, tomato, garlic and then warm olive oil mixed with garlic, vinegar and soy sauce is added.

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Ceviche, I found the rocoto chile slush to give the dish a kick but it was refreshing at the same time.

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Yummy mushrooms with green asparagus and the best sauce in the world, egg yolk. I would eat warm egg yolk every day.

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Razor-shells, after we finished eating them we actually finished off the sauce.

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Roasted young pigeon served on crystal bread with young pigeon pate and truffle

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Saam

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Winter veggies with a thin sheet of ham and of course my best friend, egg yolk

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Bombs away, these are stuffed mashed potato balls which are breaded and fried.

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They said that their idea was to open a restaurant where they would like to eat, a place where there is actual cooking and I have to say that they have done just that. Keep up the great work!

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Triciclo (be sure to make reservations, you can book on their webpage)

28 Santa María Street, Madrid

Telephone: 910 244 798

 

 

A’Barra – a star is born

A’Barra is one of the most anticipated openings of the year in Madrid. A lot of time and effort has gone into making A’Barra and now they are ready to roll. What first grasps you as you enter is the stunning decoration. The woodwork is remarkable, especially on the ceilings. If you care for a drink before your meal there is a bar area with a long table  presided by three Joselito aged hams. As you know, the perfect pairing for Spanish ham is either champagne where you have 160 different references to pick from or sherry with a list of 70 options. This is speaking my language!

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Not to mention that there are a total of 8000 wine references. The wine cellar is a dream come true.

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The name A’Barra comes from the impressive marble bar where only tasting menus will be served.

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The dining room is elegantly decorated with vast windows which look out to the garden. We went at night but you could just imagine the light the dining hall must have during the day.

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As for the chef, well you know that Juan Antonio Medina is not a new comer, with his experience in Zalacaín and Albora, he definitely knows what he is doing. On top of it, he has one hell of a kitchen.

The menu maintains that Mediterranean essence with Juan Antonio’s touch.

We started off dinner with two appetizers. Spider crab flan and a sort of shrimp fritter with aioli

Then we continued with a salad with season vegetables.

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Joselito’s pork cannelloni with chorizo sauce.

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Creamy rice with mushrooms and snail.

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Roasted bogavante (lobster) with saffron and white vermut.

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Veal tongue with Japanese broad beans and grilled mashed potatoes.

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For dessert, we started off with a very refreshing elderflower sorbet served with seasonal fruits.

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We finished off with a chocolate dessert in different textures.

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Keep your eye on A’Barra because it promises to be the talk of the town. It has all the right ingredients to become a culinary reference in Madrid. I wish the team the best of luck on this new venture that they have embarked on. I have no doubt that they will sail in the right direction.

A’Barra

15 Pinar Street, Madrid

Telephone: 910 210 061

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Coque – Happy Birthday

Coque was the first post I wrote on EataMADworld and they have recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. Actually the day that we were having lunch was the day! I hadn’t been back to Coque since then, always with the plan of going back but never getting around to it. I am so glad that I did and I can once again say to you, go to Coque. I know that location isn’t its strong suit but I have discovered that Cercanías takes you to Humanes and Coque is a short walk away. We caught the train at Renfe and it was a very comfortable ride. So if you are coming in from out of town, Cercanías trains are the way to go also for those who live in Madrid and don’t want to Drink & Drive.

To make your mouth water a bit, let me share with you our latest menu.

Our first stop was the wine cellar where we started off with a cocktail and the first course of appetizers.

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Once in the main dining room we continued with a steamed bun filled with game stew, spicy mustard and armagnac consommé.

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Kirei by Kabuki – a place to eat at Madrid airport

Spring Break is just around the corner. Finally some much awaited relaxation and down time. The destinations are always most appealing be it a mountain retreat, a beachside getaway or an exciting city ready to be discovered or rediscovered but what usually gets up upset right before we reach our destination and every time more are the long waits at the airport, the auto check-in counter that never seems to be able to read your code and of course, the ridiculously over-priced yet tasteless food you get at airports.

Since the airport that I mostly use is Madrid’s I am so happy to say that there is finally a place where you can grab a bite to eat where the food is actually tasty. The service is quick, as they know that airport travellers are always on the go.

The food is not only freshly prepared sushi/sashimi but you can also get pasta, vegetables, wok and soups. The menu isn’t very extense but there is certainly something to satisfy your hunger and need to get something tasty to put a smile on your face right before you head off.

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Kirei by Kabuki

Airport – Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas

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