Great chefs of Spanish cuisine have chosen Madrid as the home for their restaurants. Recipients of Michelin stars the likes of David Muñoz, Ramón Freixa and Sergi Arola have premises in the capital, eateries where you'll not just refuel, but relish an extraordinary dining experience. That said, be sure your wallets are full and your credit cards are paid off before booking.
David Muñoz’s restaurant needs no introduction. In only five years, this chef has gone from being a complete unknown to winning the Spanish National Prize for Gastronomy and being awarded three Michelin stars for his restaurant DiverXO, where he has gone for an elaborate type of cuisine, mixing the flavours, textures and techniques of haute cuisine. Surprises in the dishes are guaranteed. It can be difficult to book a table here, but it’s worth the effort.
Located in Hotel Único Madrid, this elegant restaurant is headed by a Michelin-starred Catalan chef. Its many virtues ensure satisfaction for all diners. Flavour is the king here, placed just above creativity in the list of priorities, making for dishes that are surprising and exciting in equal measure. All you have to do is choose one of the three set menus on offer.
Viridiana is synonymous with Abraham García and 30 years of excellence and good food. This renowned chef turns his traditional raw materials into a cross-cultural journey that changes the perspective of all who dine here. Using excellent execution and outstanding products, this cinema-loving chef deserves an Oscar for his lifelong contribution to the culinary arts.
With Ricard Camarena, one of Spain's greatest chefs, as their consultant and his right-hand man in the kitchen, this splendid restaurant with decoration by Philippe Starck offers gorgeous products, flashes of creativity and reliability in each dish. If you want to surprise, they have a room designed by David Lynch.
Run by young Argentinians with a passion for Asian food, Sudestada is the new Madrid branch of a Buenos Aires favourite. Elegant surroundings (wood, mirrors and warm lighting) provide the setting for a selection of delicious dishes that are fresh and spicy (in the case of beef or fish curry). Make sure you start your evening by ordering one of the house caipirinhas. Book at weekends. It’s one of the top three Asian restaurants in Madrid.
Oscar Velasco’s Santceloni has grown steadily, marked by the sure touch, drive for excellence and personality of a great chef, bringing creativity to tradition and putting the product before artifice. The cheeseboard alone, presented by maitre d' Abel Valverde, is already envied by establishments of a similar category. The cuisine here has received the seal of approval given by two Michelin stars.
The very staid environs of this gentlemen's club dining room (wear a tie) provide the unlikely setting for a restaurant inspired and originally overseen by iconic chef Ferran Adrià and now run by one of his most illustrious disciples, Paco Roncero. It can boast of three Repsol suns and two Michelin stars. What more can we say?
What can one say about one of our greatest culinary ambassadors, whose restaurant has two Michelin stars? A chef of this stature surprises, moves and impresses with each and every dish – what he manages to do with sardines is something exceptional. His latest dishes signal a return to is Catalan roots.
Haute cuisine through the creative talent of David García, a Basque chef with experience in the kitchens of Spain’s most important restaurants. An experienced team in front of house and top quality ingredients (from presa ibérica de Joselito to wild sea bass) make this restaurant a solid, growing concern. It’s popular with critics and already has one Repsol sun.
The renowned Paco Morales works as a consultant to this centrally-located restaurant set inside the Hotel de Las Letras. So, here haute cuisine (in plating) goes hand in hand with a more informal approach (no tablecloths), and the restrictions of exclusive establishments are left aside to focus on customers, who can elaborate their own menu according to their personal taste. With just a quick look at the menu, which to quote the Michelin-starred chef is 'well-travelled and very fresh', you’re sure to find plenty to seduce you.