My mom is a diabetologist. So from an early age I have learned what is healthy and what is not in terms of food. Having this strong medical education I am very careful with what I eat. But I must confess…I love to eat. Not till I can’t breathe anymore (although it happened two days ago 🙁 ) but I love to try out different things. I am not picking with food so coming to Madrid was like arriving in Wonderland. Well, you all can call me Alice (again!!!) and allow me to share my latest delicious findings with you.
My first discovery and the place that stuck to my heart is Lateral. Wandering around Madrid in one of my first days here, with a new friend from Lebanon, we ended up in Plaza Santa Ana. Being hungry and thirsty, she had the inspiration to ask her boyfriend (he lived in Madrid before) for a nice spot in the area.
What a lucky coincidence, we were just in front of that place, hehe. We found a table, ordered 2 canas (small beer) but what food to order? The menu was in Spanish and till we got the one in English we made time go by faster by looking (discreetly) in other people’s plates. Not nice, right? But still a very good way to find goodies. After doing some “plate shopping” I decided upon “sollomio con cebolla caramelizada” (pork with caramelized onion), risotto con jamon y setas (risotto with jamon and mushrooms) and “crumble de manzana” (apple crumble).
You can find all the goodies Lateral offers in 6 different locations around Madrid. I’ve tried 5 and my favorite is the one on Paseo de la Castellana 42.
To sum it all up, I love Lateral. For me, it’s a “must” when travelling to Madrid, so I took all my visiting friends and family here.
My second all times option is Tiradito. I’ve never been to Peru. But I so wanna go. That’s mainly because of Marina (my friend who recommends me places 😛 – Thanks again amiga!).
She took me to this tinny tiny Peruvian restaurant and we decided to take the special menu. It was late in the afternoon, the place was almost ready to close for the break before dinner, I have no clue what I ate, but it was fantastic. Don’t trust me? Look at the photos or just stop for a bite.
The third one is the place where I realized that I‘ve never eaten a good burger before. I don’t like minced meet which means I don’t really dream about juicy burgers, but here I discovered the place that made me reconsider my previous statement. SteakBurger, the burger palace. I love the menu (a wood board and I love the options for size (3!!!). Don’t jump to conclusions, I am talking about the burger’s size :P. With cheese, with ham, onion or veggies…this is where you will find YOUR burger.
PS. When I say I love food I also mean desserts (postres). Or what the rest of the world except for Spanish understand by desserts… because Spanish people eat these wonders for breakfast in all the cofeeshops (usually during weekends).
And speaking of wonders, nobody passing through Madrid should miss this place. It’s incredibly old, very popular among famous people and opened non-stop. San Gines is THE Place. Established in 1894, here you can find the best “churros con chocolate” (spanish fritters) in Madrid. Look me in the eyes and tell me you don’t agree 🙂 And if my eyes are not convincing enough, take a look to see who was here before me.