Que si quieres arroz Catalina (CLOSED)
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In Madrid it can be hard to find restaurants that serve scrumptious paellas or rice dishes that are cooked just to the point of perfection. That's why we appreciate the know-how in eateries like Que si quieres arroz Catalina. Open in early 2014, the restaurant is right in Casa de Campo, so it's great for filling up at the weekend after spending a day in the park and all it has to offer.
The star dish is the Valencian paella, a work of art by Chef Rafa Morales that you have to order at least three hours before you're going to eat. Following one of the most traditional paella recipes, it has duck, rabbit, green beans, butter beans, artichokes and snails, along with some gorgeous rice. They've also got a fab 'fideuá' (think of it like paella with vermicelli noodles instead of rice), and in verano they do a complete set lunch menu that might feature a creamy rice with tuna and trout caviar, cod fritters with pine nuts, fideuá with cod and langoustines, and other options for around €25.
Another of its strengths is the decor in the spacious dining rooms. The glass-covered patio area is flooded with natural light during the day, and outside on the terrace you can dine surrounded by large trees that grow through the wooden terrace cover. Crossing the threshold of the Palacio de la Misión, where the restaurant is located, is also a sight to see. And here's a bonus: if you book your table for earlier than 1.45pm or after 3.30pm, you get a vermouth on the house.
Principal de Provincias, 9
|Transport:||Puerta del Ángel (M: L6)|
|Opening hours:||Mon closed; Tue-Sun 1pm-4pm|