Chefs and food critics agree that Madrid has sprung from the shadows of Spain’s gastronomic-powerhouse provinces of Catalonia and the Basque Country ... Read More
Chefs and food critics agree that Madrid has sprung from the shadows of Spain’s gastronomic-powerhouse provinces of Catalonia and the Basque Country and firmly placed itself on the global food map. The current crop of must-book tables are at Mexican, Japanese, Italian, and Brazilian restaurants, not to mention spots serving both traditional (Triciclo, La Bien Aparecida) and molecular Spanish (DStage, Diverxo) cuisines. At Sala de Despiece, a new take on straightforward, ingredient-based Spanish fare marks a territory all its own. And with an Argentine leading its kitchen, 10-year old Sudestada is often tapped as one of the best Vietnamese and Southeast Asian restaurants in Europe.
Far from such fine dining establishments, the revolution has spread to the city’s markets, like Mercado de San Miguel and the chic Platea food court, where the best of Spain’s and the world’s delicacies can now be nibbled (and sipped) while standing up or on the move. Unsurprisingly, Madrid also remains one of the tapas capitals of the world.