Just reading the words 'discount' and 'half off', we're already salivating. Knowing that we're talking about great Madrid restaurants and that the discounts are on for two weeks, we can barely stop booking places to eat. From October 17 to November 2, 100 restaurants in Madrid are offering discounts of up to 50 percent as part of the 'Cómete la ciudad' ('Eat Up the City') campaign, and you can book your spot via Time Out Madrid. It's the perfect chance to treat yourself to that restaurant you've been wanting to try.
From Plaza 66 to the well-known chain Pecado Carnal, and even including the exquisite Sergi Arola Gastro, the promotion includes eateries with all kinds of cuisines from around the world. How do you get in on it? Easy: just click the Book Online button and choose the option you want, featuring discounts of up to 50 percent on dishes from the menu or an entire set menu. It's free to book, and you pay in the restaurant after your meal.
We've picked out a selection of some of our favourite restaurants participating in the promotion so you can narrow down your choices. ¡Buen provecho!
Con Dos Fogones is an informal restaurant aimed at a label-free clientele. They offer international and fusion cuisine – and are most concerned with serving good food in generous portions, bringing together flavours that are both traditional and with varied origins. For example, a warm salad, Indian chicken, and a tempting chocolate cake with caramel ice cream. The service is friendly and you'll be made to feel at home.
Located in the Chueca neighbourhood Palé is characterised by its creative and international cuisine. You might choose a Russian steak tartare, a Moroccan shakshuka or a vichyssoise, typical of France. The restaurant also offers its space for organising events, meetings or celebrations.
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.
The menu here offers traditional specialities as well as international dishes, and specialises in meats, so you can get some of the city's best burgers here, as well as a delicious Argentinean steak. But it's not all meat – they also do prawn skewers, for example, and a wide variety of salads. The casual dining atmosphere means you get personalised service, high-quality products and affordable prices.
Authentic Japanese cooking in Madrid. Get to know Japanese culture via its flavourful foods and through a variety of dishes. Among the specialities of Banzai Sushi are sushi, tataki, tempura and carpaccio of solomillo with citrus sauce. The cosy environs will make you feel at home, and the personal service helps make the experience even better.
Very centrally located and open year-round from morning until the second drink of the night, this huge space (with a terrace in the square out the back where you can get a great G&T) has a bar (very busy at night) packed with 'pintxos' and an area that's quieter than upstairs. It's been much-talked-about since some time around its grand opening.
Very central and near the Puerta del Sol, Amayra serves up modern cuisine of top quality and for a reasonable price. They only use the best Mediterranean products in their creative dishes that are impeccably presented. They also make delicious home-made desserts, and the service is exquisite. It's an ideal spot for work lunches, family gatherings and meeting up with friends, as well as for romantic dinners with that special someone. There's a tavern space available for group bookings.
Here's where to fine great Japanese food in the Chamartín barrio. The restaurant surrounds you with beautiful decor, and the food is carefully prepared, missing out no details. Following the tradition of Japanese cooking, I to Hi offers a balanced gastronomy with original and exclusive flavours as the highlight. There are also set menus that bring together the essence of Japanese cuisine in delicious dishes with good prices, and there's a magnificent buffet with more than 40 dishes to choose from.
Gastropub Almagro offers market cuisine with signature touches. On one hand, it's simple food, fresh and full of flavour, with a menu where sharing dishes in the middle of the table is important. They've got classic pintxos, and modern twists on tapas. There's a tempting wine list to go with the food, and a good variety of national and international beers that play an important role at the bar as well as in the kitchen, where they can be added as an ingredient here and there. It's a great option for dining during the day or at night, and a benchmark in Madrid for its lunches, after-work bar service, dinners and drinks that go along with the trendy spot itself.
La Plaza de Chamberí cooks up the best of Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine, always prepared with fresh seasonal products. Highlights among other delights include white beans with clams, El Barco green beans with rabbit, 'cocido madrileño' (traditional Madrid stew of meat, chickpeas and vegetables), home-made lentil stew, seafood soup, artichokes with foie, cod, 'morcillo' sausage and more. For dessert try the 'milhojas de nata y crema' (flakey crusts with cream). There's a great wine list that goes with the dishes. And there are separate rooms for group parties, and a terrace in summer.