The Chocolatería San Ginés is a charming place. Part of it is actually due to the old decoration and furniture: the counter, the wall clock, the marble tables will not go unnoticed to the lovers of antiques, but what it is really famous for is the chocolate with churros (strips of fried dough): very thick and served in traditional white cups and typical waiters. The churros and porras (variety of churros, thicker) are to die for and even during the winter they put the tables outside in the narrow street, warmed up with lamps.
The customers at San Ginés are varied. It is a shame it is almost always packed, especially during weekends, when foreigners occupy the terrace and the place.
The price? Reasonable: a portion of chocolate with churros costs 3.50€. Good value for price.
In short, an amazing place to end up a party night with friends or to invite the kids for a snack.
This is a very original café near the wax museum. It’s decorated with fairy castles and trees that have faces and seem like they’re going to start talking to you at any moment.
The café is very good but the price, as happens with any concept cafe, can be somewhat pricey. There’s no table service, and it’s more of a place to see than to actually have a drink. That being said, it’s still a cool little theme bar that I’d suggest visiting.
After trying many of them, I think this one is the best Japanese restaurant in Madrid, at least the most authentic one (I guess other ones like Kabuki are slightly better but not as authentic).
It is located in a narrow street behind Gran Vía, if you are coming from Moncloa, for example, the best is to go up Leganitos and look for a parking place. Something important before going: Tuesday is supposedly the best day to go, you will get the freshest fish.
Even though we already know some unconditional fans of Miyama, we ordered the sample menu (38€ each). Well, before that, before we sat down even, I was surprised by the fact that there were two tables with Japanese people wearing suits. Japanese people in a Japanese restaurant in Madrid? Yes! This tells a lot about the place.
The meal was delicious, full of delicacies, things I had never tasted in other Japanese in Madrid, at least not as good. We were told to order the "Ebi Fry", apparently impressive, but we decided to leave it for next time.
I also liked the atmosphere a lot, the only bad point was the smell (I'd rather have a kitchen smell than an air freshener).
Very good grade.
One of the places that I like best in Malaga is Bodega Bar El Pimpi and not just because of its location on Granada Street in the old town, close to the Picasso Museum. It's a cozy and welcoming place, with Andalusian style décor, such as old pots and whitewashed walls. It has several rooms, across a couple of floors. It is an ideal place to go with friends or even with your partner.
An antique and legendary restaurant located under the Aqueduct of Segovia. A classic style, decorated with wooden walls and floors, upon entering you are encompassed by the heat of the ovens and the smell of suckling pig coming from the kitchen.
Of the most typical, a good suckling pig, red wine and something to nibble at, such as peppers or a warm sopa castellana (typically consisting of either water or broth, leftover bread, paprika, bay laurel, garlic and olive oil). The ritual for serving the suckling pig (which they cut with a plate) is performed by the inn-keeper. Prices are about 30 euros per person, depending on what you eat.
To go to Toledo is quite a gastronomical experience. In my case, it was one of the best gastronomical experiences I have ever had. Like that.
They recommended this place located in the old part of the city. For starters, the style is really nice since you feel like you are inside a cave. It has low tables with stools in the lower part of the restaurant. Upstairs they have another space, but we preferred to be in the tavern.
The menu had many options, but we chose to eat tapas: creamy boletus croquettes, duck with mango and chili sauce rolls, fried eggplant with honey sauce. I have to say that the first two tapas were truly delicious. The boletus croquettes were splendid; I want to go back to Toledo to eat them again. As a dessert we had the chocolate coulant with wild berries and cheesecake with cookies; both were perfect.
We were two persons and the portions were very satisfying, I also want to say that the waiter was very nice, he recommended us many things and he was very kind and attentive, I loved the service.
It was 15 € each, very well prices. Don’t leave Toledo without eating in this place, really!
A really special place, with a very warm and romantic atmosphere. A cafe where you can try some exquisite dishes, coffees, infusions and especially cakes!!
One of the most interesting characteristics is that all the furniture of the place is for sell. So that apart from spending some good time having a great coffee, you can go out from there with a lamp or a table.
An ideal place to start the night, since they open at 6 pm, or to end it, since it closes at 2.30 am. I highly recommend it for a romantic evening or a good afternoon with friends.
I went to this restaurant because ofthe great recommendations I read on minube, among other reason. I was not disappointed at all, everything was very tasty. According to what I understood, it is one of the oldest Japanese restaurants in Madrid. It is really small, better play it safe and reserve a table before going.
I will not start talking about Japanese techniques, it is enough to know what sashimi or wasabi is. I will tell you that the menu is very "pure" in terms of aesthetics but also very practical and complete. There are various dishes from which you can choose. If you do not like sushi, it is not a problem, there are many other things like teriyaki chicken (very good).
Something important, if you like beer you definitely should try one of the Japanese ones they offer (Asahi), apart from being very good, they serve it very cold, as it should be. I did not have dessert. For all those who like Japanese food, I recommend it 100%.
By the way, there are a couple of parking lots nearby if you need to park your car.
My friend Edgar had already warned me that visiting the Los Coloniales tavern was mandatory when in Seville.
We were there this weekend and, really, it is an ideal place for lunch or dinner if you're in the centre of the city as it is very close to the cathedral.
It is advisable to arrive early if you do not want to queue. We arrived at 13:00 and were seated immediately (and there were more than ten of us...), but when we left there were queues to get a table.
We tried the patatas bravas (fried diced potatoes with warm spicy tomato sauce), the chicken with almond sauce, the rice of the day, and "tablas rocieras," one of their flagship dishes.
I highly recommend it, a great assortment of meats. It is an ideal place to order all the food to share. They serve very fast and the coffees are very good. Without a doubt, I will return to Los Coloniales on my next visit to Seville.
Am I exaggerating to say that it is worth stopping in Burgos just to try this beer? Yes, yes, I know, the real reason is the Cathedral but the risk of sounding superficial, you can eat some great tapas and leave with a great memory of the Gothic art. Well, that happened to me and it would make particular impressions here. We ordered a sausage kebabs and I would definetely order them again! As almost everyone has highlighted here, unless you have had any 'bad' luck, this site is good, nice (take great care presentation) and dirt cheap. Quick service even though it is true that he was at the top and it was a weekday! I mean, I do not want to imagine what will be a Sunday. Anyway, about the places recommended and this, of course it is.
Tommy Mel’s is another of those quality hamburger restaurants that are showing up across Madrid. It’s very well located, next to several other gourmet burger joints. Tommy Mel’s is opened to franchising and they already have another restaurant in Plenilunio, another in Xanadú and another in León.
The aesthetics of the 1950s American diner is pulled off quite well, from the decoration to the tables and chairs, to the stools, to the short red aprons the waitresses wear. They don’t accept reservations, so you should show up ready to practice a little patience in order to get a table, seeing as it has become quite a popular place.
The hamburgers are made of beef. They’re ground daily. They print all the ingredients that they put into their hamburgers on their hand-drawn napkins, which mention that it’s ox meat. But, you can tell by the flavor and, according to their website, the meat is made from 100% beef, nothing else. But, in any case, it’s very juicy and tender.
There are two sizes, 160 grams and, for a little more, 250 grams. Although the small size is thin, it is cooked to perfection. The bun is handmade and made specifically for Tommy Mel’s. It’s bland on the outside and very soft, but it holds in the hamburger’s juices, and there are plenty.
The bun size is also unique, so it’s perfect to encase 160 grams of meat, but it’s a little small for the 250 gram burger. Many of the hamburgers have a special sauce that, in the end, isn’t anything more than a Thousand Island-style dressing with pickles, but is very, very good.
The most expensive hamburger is the double (two 160 gram meat patties) for less than 10 Euros, which isn’t bad at all considering the amount of food. However, the hamburgers don’t come with French fries. The good thing is that if you ask for fries, they’ll come with an option of melted cheese, bacon with blue cheese or covered in chili. The bowl that they give you is of considerable size.
They also serve milkshakes, some classics and other premium. Although they increase your bill, they’re are well worth it because it’s not too often you stumble across Mars or Nestle Crunch milkshakes. If you fancy something even more powerful, they have cocktails. Soft drinks come from the fountain, not from the bottle :).
Of course, the typical starters and desserts are on the menu, like a massive chocolate cake. On special occasions like Halloween, in addition to decorating the place specifically for the day, they usually include limited edition plates of starters, main courses, drinks and desserts.
All in all, it’s a very recommendable place with very tasty hamburgers and with a well achieved aesthetic.
I finally had the opportunity to go to one of the most traditional restaurants in Madrid. It is one of the places I had never been too despite living here. The restaurant is quite affordable (a set meal for some 20€ very nourishing).
It is located right in the center of Madrid, in La Bola street, more precisely. And it is a a magnificent restaurant. A unique place where you can enjoy in a very special way the most relevant traditional dish in Madrid: the cocido (stew with various types of meat, vegetables, potato, legumes... typical in Madrid).
It is a restaurant where the familiar aspect has been preserved. We could even go into the kitchen to see how they make, all week long, the delicious dish, in the most traditional way as they can.
I definitely recommend this experience. You cannot miss out on it during a visit of the most typical places of Madrid.
Els 4 Gats (or, "The Four Cats" in English) is one of the most historic bar-restaurants in the city of Barcelona. The establishment was opened in 1897 and was for turn-of-the-century Catalan Modernism what cafes like La Rotonde were for artists in 1920's Paris. It was a meeting place to trade ideas, engage in wine-fueled debates, and see exhibits up then-unknown artists like Pablo Picasso.
These days, El 4 Gats is more of a meeting place for fanny-packed tourists than for artists and intellectuals, but it's still worth a stop to have a quick drink in downtown Barcelona. The décor is straight out of the epoch and a couple of the waiters look like they're from the era too! Here's my advice: drink, and drink Spanish. When I went, the place was full of young Japanese tourists and elderly German couples swigging down pitchers of watery sangria (a classic sight in touristy Barcelona). Don't go for the tourist menu. Rather, order a fairly-priced glass of wine, vermouth, or a liquor de hierbas and take the opportunity to soak up the bar's unique and historic atmosphere.
There is nothing like having a good host when you go to a city like Bilbao. My friend Mertxe took me to eat tapas and to enjoy the great atmosphere of this city’s classic.
When I got to Bilbao I didn’t have time to unpack and went directly to this place, it was the best way to start the trip. It is a luxury available to everyone, since if you don’t want to sit in the restaurant tables you can stay in the bar and taste some tapas or have a delicious pincho “moruno”, one of the best I’ve had as of late.
The Iruña has a curious combination of modernism and tradition. I couldn’t ask for anything else, it was the perfect way to start my vacation in Bilbao. Not to be missed!
I was dying to try this pastry shop and this past Saturday we went for breakfast and Mama Framboise beat all of our expectations.
It was packed when we arrived and there wasn’t even a single table available. But, since we’d set our minds on eating there, we decided to stick around and wait. The wait turned out to be short and a friendly waitress informed us that there was a free table on the lower floor.
The decoration is very chic and Parisian, with wooden tables, short chairs, candles, and artfully-arranged pastel sofas.
Alejandro Montes y Ángel Sánchez-Infante are the brains behind the pastry shop’s masterpieces. The former is a renowned pastry chef who was crowned the Best Young Pastry Chef in Spain, Best Chocolate Chef in Spain, and who won the gold medal at the Open de France for Desserts in 2010. So you imagine the delicacies they serve here. We ordered hot chocolate and coffee, brioche dusted with sugar, bread with tomato, and 2 raspberry tartlets which really wowed me. The best part is the prices. A coffee was 1.20€ and the brioche only 1€. The most expensive things were the tartlets which went for 2.95€.
I would rank Restaurante José María as the best restaurant in Segovia, ahead of the legendary Candide and Duque. It is probably the least-known of the three, but if you go, you're sure to come back. It features fantastic examples of the local cuisine, particularly tapas. Go at the weekend and you'll find it full of people there to enjoy the famous cochinillo - and here, I promise you, you'll find the best cochinillo in Segovia and, in my opinion, in all of Spain. Accompanied by good wine and a plate of beans, it's truly delicious! In one of the videos I show Jose Maria cutting the pork with the edge of a plate to show how tender the meat is; you don't even need a knife! Have a look on their website to learn more about their pigs and how they are raised. The restaurant has valet parking somewhere but I recommend parking nearby to allow yourself a bit of a walk to build your appetite for the feast that awaits you!
Can Paixano (more commonly known as the Xampanyeria) is an authentic Barcelona institution that's full to bursting with locals, tourists, and students any time of day. The secret? An unbeatable combo of grilled pork and rose champagne, served by the bottle and dirt cheap.
They limit bottle service to groups during certain hours of the day, but they'll still serve endless helpings of the pink bubbly by the glass. The menu is primarily sandwiches ("entrepans," locally) and they're filled with everything from grilled butifarra (a succulent Catalan white sausage) to Spanish classics like chorizo and, my personal favorite, a supremely decadent mix of creamy foie gras and grilled bacon. Trust me when I say that nothing tastes better than bacon, foie gras, and buttery bread when you're a bottle or two of cheap champagne deep into your evening! Seriously though, the ambiance is unbeatable, the menu is comfort food at its best, and the prices are for the common man. We had 4 sandwiches and 6 or so glasses or champagne and it came out to a little over 15 euros.
Try to get there outside of the mid-afternoon rush (3-5, generally) or you may have a pretty decent wait to get in.