Following up on the related ‘Restaurants I have Eaten in – Barrio Salamanca (Madrid)’ post and the selection criteria I established there, in this article I will mention some restaurants in neighbourhoods away from that district and the City Center, including Chamartín, Tetuán and a couple of suburbs.
- Paipai: in the North-East Chamartin district (home of Real Madrid’s Stadium as well), this is the most fusion restaurant I hace come across in these posts. Madrilenian-Spanish base with influences from countries such as Japan, Mexico or Chile. The chef took some inspiration from her grandmother’s potatoes (“patatas”) which I believe is reflected in the name. Prices well below those of Barrio Salamanca and with a Street-terrace in summer.
- 5 Cucharas: just a few meters away, this place is innovative and intriguing since it also offers “maridajes” (sessions to drink wine with pairing food) and cooking workshops, and its menu is centred around eating with spoons (“cucharas”), providing breakfasts during the work week as well. Combine it with “5” and you get a sense of the word play of the name. Something fresh for Tetuán and Madrid!
- La Cantina de la Estación: in Tetuán’s district, North-West of Madrid at almost the same latitude as the previous restaurant (also in price terms). Food from the North of Spain (Asturias in this case) with two areas (one more formal than the other) and a bar, offering pinchos (sort of Tapas version from the North of Spain) and cider, as it is produced in that region as well. Good representation of fish and meat as it corresponds with that green and coastal section of Spain.
- Barbillon Oyster: in a proper suburb Northwest of the city with exclusivity aspirations, which is reflected in the restaurants and bars of that section of Aravaca’s District, which nominally still forms part of the municipality of Madrid. Menu combining innovation and tradition, Spanish ham cut by a professional, and prices higher than the previous restaurants. I did not eat its oysters so cannot comment on the adequacy of its name.
- Restaurante el Plantio 35: in the same district as the previous one although further to the Northwest, which makes it even more unbelievable that is still part of the city, since it is also at the side of a big and beautiful natural park (“Parque del Monte del Pilar”) little known by Madrilians. Market-based cuisine and excellent value-for-money for the daily menu (beyond 20 euros unless you supercharge your glasses with wine).
- El Cielo de Urrechu: closer to Madrid than the previous one, also in the Northwest, but belonging to the municipality of Pozuelo, in the roof of a modern and spacious shopping center with nice views to the capital’s skyline and the green area in between. More traditional and with a bar as well for some “Pinchos” or more informal food, it is also North of Spain cuisine (Basque Country) with high quality and prices according to it and the top sights.
In the next post of this series, we will move outside Madrid – time to get a more peripheral view!
Have you ever been to any of these restaurants? Which one would you choose? Do you have an eating place in Chamartín, Tetuán, Aravaca or Pozuelo worth mentioning? And outside these areas?
Links of Interest:
Pai Pai, Menu (in Spanish)
La Cantina de la Estación, Menu
5 Cucharas, Cenas y maridaje (Dinners and pairing)
Barbillon Oyster, Menu
El Cielo de Urrechu, Menu
Ayuntamiento de Majadahonda, Conoce el Monte del Pilar (Get to know the Monte del Pilar Park)
Photos: La Cantina de la Estación. 5 Cucharas. Madrid’s skyline view from El Cielo de Urrechu.