OK, so we don't have a beach in Madrid, but since mid-2015 we've been getting a bit closer to feeling the sea breeze thanks to a restaurant that opened right in the city centre. It's an urban 'chiringuito' (a bar/restaurant usually found on the beach) in C/Mayor with a seaside feel and even has its own fish market. This 'beach bar' is backed by El Señor Martín, the renowned fish market in the Mercado de San Miguel that's branched out into the restaurant business. So you know that the quality of the seafood they offer on their menu is more than guaranteed.
The restaurant is perfect for an afternoon with friends, with a selection of simple but scrumptious dishes like you'd find in a chiringuito right on the sand: cones of fried calamari and whitebait, 'salmorejo' (a cold, tomato-based soup similar to gazpacho), seafood salad, etc. In addition, at the entrance to the restaurant they show off various types of fish in a small market where you can choose exactly what you want and they'll prepare it for you right then and there.
The ambience and décor are also something to talk about. Interior designer Marta Banús (Le Cocó, El Columpio, La Tasquería) took the reins here, and outdid herself with seaside illustrations on the walls from the artistic collective Boamistura in this chic beach bar in the centre of Madrid.
|Venue name:||El Chiringuito de El Señor Martín||Contact:|
|Opening hours:||Daily 11am-1am|
|Transport:||Sol (M: L1, L2, L3)|