Eating is no longer just that, but an entire experience in which the recipes that are tasted and the wines that are savored are just as important as the attention (read service) that is received and the environment in which all this takes place.

And it is that when enjoying a meal

, each of the senses comes into play, also the aesthetic one

.

Hence, the hoteliers strive to offer unique and singular spaces and locate their restaurants in

old chapels, caves or hardware stores

;

be inspired by circuses of a lifetime;

recreate World War II bunkers, a Japanese market and even a beach in a landlocked city.

Here are 10 examples of it.

The caves of Arrabal

SUBURBANCE

The setting could not be more historic, the Plaza Mayor.

This dining room, by the Galician Yago Suárez, has La Terraza;

La Galería, for an informal proposal, and La Cueva,

a

16th-century

treasure

made up of private rooms with exposed stone and brick walls.

In gastronomy,

traditional Spanish cuisine with a traditional touch

, where the king is the product, which they treat with care.

The menu does not lack a wide range of starters to share (from tempura trammel prawns to clams from the estuary), rice dishes, pasta and meat, in particular

its beef tenderloin cachopo with cured meat and goat cheese, winner in 2019 of the national championship

and the one that offers two menus.

Average price: 25 euros.

Address:

Plaza Mayor, 23. Tel.: 91 862 94 89.

In Arrogante they bet on Italian cuisine with signature twists.

ARROGANT

"Come in and see"... "And eat", could be added to the iconic circus phrase to talk about this dining room which,

like all of the SLVJ group, has a spectacular interior design

.

On this occasion,

the inspiration comes from the circus

: mirrors, velvets, tent-shaped ceilings from which little horses hang that go up and down like a merry-go-round.

Here, like the other SLVJ venues, there is no lack of

show

time : up to six shows per night, with

accordionists, opera singers, magicians

and characters inspired by the

Divine Comedy

.

At the tables,

classic Italian cuisine with hints of signature and premium products

brought from the transalpine country and also from Spain, with a menu designed by

Fermín Azkue

, the company's executive chef.

The cocktail bar deserves a special mention, from the hands of

Borja Goikoetxea

(Best Bartender in Spain by the World Class Competition 2019)

.

Average price: 50-60 euros.

Address:

Velazquez, 96.


The vertical garden of Bálamo.

BALAMO

In this seafood restaurant in Alcorcón (4,200 m2, that's nothing) one can

enjoy the largest vertical garden in Europe

.

The macro-space, the work of the prestigious architect

Rui Costa

, is not only a commitment to design, but also to

sustainability, since this

lung

offsets part of the carbon footprint

produced by the activity of the premises.

Specialized in the national marine product, its

seafood is famous, in addition to its varied fish proposal

(hake, monkfish, sole, sea bream, San Pedro rooster... depending on the season).

Average price: 30-40 euros.

Address

: Cooperation, 11 (Alcorcón).

Phone: 91 708 70 10.

El Olivar, the main hall of Caluana.

CALUANA

This

Italocastizo

of the

Resistencia Tortuga

group , opened its doors just four months ago in a

beautiful space with a history

that has had many lives.

It was a dungeon for the Inquisition, a hermitage for Templar meetings,

a chapel attached to the church of Santa Cruz,

the first headquarters of the Stock Exchange (1850)... And, since the end of October, a beautiful restaurant in which they have maintained the chapel and

the mezzanine where the choir used to be

.

It has several spaces:

El Olivar -

in the chapel redecorated in the style of the Tuscan villas of the Italian Renaissance, but with a modern touch - is the main room;

El Invernadero

(on the second floor), a more welcoming and intimate area that has its own bar, and

Caluana Bar

, in the underground cave, which will soon become the

Maldita Gioconda

scoundrel bar . And what can you eat here?

From tartufo carpaccio and squid sandwich to pasta and stews (cheek ragout), passing through risottos, meats and fish.

Average price: 35 euros.

Address:

Stock Exchange, 12. Tel.: 689 53 33 49.

Gastronomic restaurant in Corral de la Morería.

CORRAL OF THE MORERIA

Considered

the best flamenco tablao in the world

, the house of

Juan Manuel and Armando Del Rey

-founded in 1956 by their parents, Manuel del Rey and the dancer Blanca del Rey- houses the haute cuisine of D

avid García, a Basque chef trained in the kitchens of Martín Berasategui

and that passed through El Bulli and Mugaritz, today almost in a state of grace.

From this small and pretty dining room with exposed brick walls and beautiful photos of the matriarch,

with a Michelin star

, you can't see the stage, but the two tasting menus, delicate and pure flavor, that reach their tables are a spectacle. :

Roots

(69 euros) and

Season and Evolution

(85 euros).

An obligatory appointment deserves

its spectacular cellar, with a unique collection of sherries, old and very old

.

And, if you're into revelry, at

Tablao you can enjoy live flamenco

and a more informal culinary proposal, but with the essence of the gastronomic restaurant also designed by the Bilbao chef in the form of three menus (

Alegrías

,

Soleá

and

Tasting

, 47.90 euros;

63.90 euros and 75.90 euros, respectively.

separate show fee).

Address

: Morería, 17. Tel.: 91 365 11 37.


Leña-Bar, space at street level of the Ferretería restaurant.

HARDWARE STORE

It is located in

what used to be the oldest hardware store in the capital

and which in 2015 changed into a restaurant thanks to the work and grace of

Big Boss

(María Antonia Escapa),

who fell in love with the unique space.

It has two areas: L

eña-Bar, at street level and the hardware store itself

, very well restored and preserved, and

Las Bóvedas,

on floor -1, which function as conventional dining rooms for lunch and dinner;

yes, surrounded by great

works of art by Dalí, Chillida or Cristina Iglesias

.

On the tables above and below, a traditional cuisine with first class national product parades.

In addition, they have

El Taller, an exclusive space for events.

Average price: 45 euros.

Address:

Atocha, 57. Phone: 91 429 73 61.

The tents of Nômadâ.

NOMADIC

Cuisine with Arab roots, Mediterranean crosses, Andalusian inspiration

, cocktails, music and live

performances

, all

under a luxury tent in the heart of the Salamanca district.

Included in Galerías Serrano, a project by businessman

Kike Sierra

, which also integrates the unique Carallo Bar, what do you eat in this space with waterfalls, a

terrace with a bar, hookahs

and sofas? It starts at 4:00 p.m.?

Baba ganoush, six varieties of

hummus, falafel,

charcoal-spiced halal lamb or beef skewers, grilled marinated chops, fish of the day.

Average price: 50 euros.

Address:

Serrano, 41. Tel. 630 65 69 61.

Running Sushi in Market is inspired by the Japanese market in Tsukiji (Tokyo).


RUNNING SUSHI IN MARKET

Entering this spectacular 600 m2 venue and

moving to the Tsukiji market -the most famous in Tokyo-

and the street stalls that surround it is all one and that we are almost 11,000 kilometers away.

On the ground floor, there is the

revolving sushi buffet, with tubes on two levels

(below, cold dishes such as makis and uramakis; above, hot dishes such as tempuras, rice dishes and noodles) that run through the 50 tables of the premises and

offer more than 70 different elaborations

at a fixed price.

And, if you prefer to escape from the hustle and bustle of the street, on the upper floor there is another space

inspired by a traditional Japanese house,

where a

sushi menu is served

.

Price: 13.90 euros (noon from Monday to Friday) and 17.90 euros (nights and weekends).

Address:

Monforte de Lemos, 36 (CC La Vaguada).

Phone: 91 063 93 41.

Xiringuito Beach.

XIRINGUITO

If The Refrescos started their musical career today, they couldn't sing

"Wow, wow! There is no beach here"

, because since June 2021 in Madrid there has been.

At least in this macro local in Alcorcón that, invaded by the

spirit of a beach bar, has a dining room, bar, terrace and beach

(with umbrellas, sun loungers, tables and sand),

although these days of haze it

has been closed.

In terms of gastronomy, an

informal proposal with baos

(thai squid crackling or Iberian pork crackling), pizzas, hamburgers and, for the most carnivorous,

grilled meat

(entrail, chicken, chorizo, picaña, bacon, wild asparagus, red onion and tomato).

Average price: 30 euros

.

Direction:

Oslo, 53, X-Madrid Shopping Center (Alcorcón).

Phone: 91 005 34 79.

The space is set in a Japanese refuge, in Yugo The Bunker

YOKE THE BUNKER

If

Julián Mármol

offers something in his unique restaurant -one Michelin star- dedicated

to Japanese haute cuisine,

it is a unique and singular experience.

Singular in gastronomy, with an

exclusive and high-end product

;

aesthetically unique with its two areas: an

izakaya

, the traditional Japanese tavern, at the top and downstairs,

a bunker decorated as a Japanese refuge

from World War II.

In both the

Roots

menus

work , with 14 bites (from sea bass usuzukuri to bone marrow gunkan)

and

Naked

, which includes three more dishes (squid tartare with scallop and caviar and two tacos, one of red prawn with essence of its coral and another of goose foie).

Menus: 135 euros and 175 euros.

Address:

San Blas, 4. Tel.: 91 444 90 34.



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