15 Abr 2014 Eating out in Madrid: 10 trends and 100 places to go
Is Madrid really interesting from a culinary point of view? On reflection, it seems that the pros outweigh the cons. Here you will find the positives set out in 10 tips including 100 good places to eat, drink or do your gourmet shopping. (Spanish version of this article to read here / Versión en español de este artículo aquí). This is our second post in English.
If Madrid were London, Paris or New York… well, it just wouldn’t be Madrid – culinarily speaking, that is. Instead of the trendy concept restaurants and shops for hard-core foodies (sometimes slaves to all things organic) found in more cutting-edge capitals, our city offers a collection of anonymous eateries for the cool where people go to see and be seen rather than to eat, places where traditional home cooking is misunderstood to mean unattractive, and to make matters worse, haute cuisine restaurants are scarce – with or without stars. Is this really true? Maybe the time has finally come to step back and take some pride in our city. Because the truth is that Madrid is a culinary attraction.
So what is the current state of the restaurant business in Madrid? On the down side, two, three and four years ago, the city saw a proliferation of so-called ‘gastrobars’; since 2005 or 2006, well-known chefs have been opening ‘prêt-à-porter’ versions of their signature restaurants with varying results. And, as a response to supposed ‘hipster’ demand, there’s also been a spate of chic venues with reclaimed furniture and lots of distressed wood (a ridiculous amount) but no culinary criteria. So Madrid is subject to culinary fads and to the inexplicable demands of some of its customers.
However, there is a (very) bright side to this story. We explain it here in 10 simple tips:
So, in the end, we’ve managed to put together a list of 100 places to discover culinary Madrid. Bon appétit!
Photo source: The restaurants, Aida Pozuelo (photo of Crumb) and MFG-Gastroeconomy.