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There are things that we cannot refuse, at least not without suffering, and in that list come the croquettes. Who can resist that little bite of béchamel with ham, cod, boletus or whatever comes up?
The data supports this theory: each Spaniard consumes an average of 151 croquettes per year, so it is not surprising that we compulsively look for the best. And the people of Madrid are in luck, because until July 2 they will have it in the capital.
It is the creation of chef Juan Monteagudo, from the restaurant Ababol (Albacete) and winner of the Championship for the Best Iberian Ham Croquette of Madrid Fusion 23.
Made with 100% Iberian ham Sánchez Romero Carvajal cut by hand in Jabugo, it surprised the jury with its flavor, texture on the palate and unctuousness of the béchamel.
But as talking about the best croquette in Spain are big words and almost a matter of State, it is best that you try it and give your own verdict. Or so at least Monteagudo has thought, who together with his team has prepared more than 3,000 (which seem many, but probably are not) to taste in 11 Nudos Terraza Nordés (San Antón Market).
And everything is thought out, because as the tapas concept has in its DNA a gymkhana of bars, other places have joined with their proposals to make the authentic route of the croquette: Casa Salvador, Café Comercial, Zalamero (finalist of 2023), Santerra (winner in 2018 and 2022), Huerta y Caldero, Casa Orellana, La Gaditana and Virrey.
It is not the only gastro plan that we can find these days in the capital. Here we leave you four other proposals for this summer.
tHE SPOT EXPERIENCE: A MENU UNDER THE SEA
It is one of the most premium gastro experiences in the capital. A trip to a magical environment under the sea that will transport you to the most beautiful marine corners of the world. It takes place in DOMO (Avenida de Puerta de Hierro, 2), an innovative space in the heart of Ciudad Universitaria with impressive 360 projections of 3.7K resolution for a totally immersive sensory journey.
The menu consists of three courses and is specially designed to delight your senses. Then you have the option of having a cocktail and extend the night a little more.
You can book your plan here
The most authentic brunch (with squid sandwich included)
Who can say no to brunch? And less to one like this with the best of Madrid's gastronomy. A plan to share with your friends at Tilda Neotaberna Castiza, a nice restaurant in the neighborhood of Malasaña.
But let's get to the important thing: What will you find on the menu? To share, a variety of breads and loaves with jams and butters, a board of cheeses and Iberian sausages, sweet pastries and yogurt with fruit.
For main you can choose between scrambled eggs with ham, hamburger, a very special squid sandwich, one of ribs, eggs benedict ... And for dessert (yes, there is still dessert), a late Idiazabal cheese, a waffle or cut fruit. And of course, water and natural juices.
It is available every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 15 p.m.
You can book your plan here for 25 euros.
ALLEGRA, NEW ITALIAN RESTAURANT
If you dream of a Cacio e pepe pasta dish or an authentic milanesa (watch out for the sirloin), Allegra (Calle de Velázquez, 11) is your place. It belongs to the Isabella's Group, which already has Casa Isabella's in the capital. Chef Luca Mazzini has prepared a classic menu and more Italian than ever with Roman hits such as Spicy Rigatoni Vodka, Zucchini Fritti, Artichoke a la Romana, Ricotta Ravioli and Spinach with Butter and Sage.
Its interior design recreates the classic Café de la Ópera and you will find several spaces. The main one is presided over by a grand piano that is not only part of the decoration: at night there is live music and from midnight until 2:30 in the morning it becomes a disco, so it is a great option for dinner on the weekend.
Be sure to take a look (and try) its extensive cocktail menu.
You can make your reservation here.
Off the menu by Nordés, the most original Galician stew
Nordés Gin brings a little piece of Galicia to Madrid with Fuera de Carta por Nordés, a new proposal of dishes created by the Galician chef Iago Pazos that are paired with a surprising cocktail devised by the bartender Matías Iriarte.
In the gastronomic proposal we find La Moluscada, a dish composed of three icons of Galician cuisine versioned: the razor, the volandeira and the mussel; the Traveling Octopus, a seasonal splash with nuances from here and there (we challenge you to find the secret ingredient); and Tacos La Molinera, a Galician stew turned into two bites.
And to pair, the Nordés Spring Tonic, the cocktail that Matías Iriarte has designed especially for the occasion. Inspired by the mythical strawberries with chocolate, combine Nordés Gin with Nordesía Blanco vermouth.
The dishes will be available until August 31 at 11 Nudos Terraza Nordés in Madrid (Mercado de San Antón) and in Barcelona (Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes).
You can take a look here at all the proposals of 11 Knots Terraza Nordés.
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