19 Jul 2019


This is not the easiest restaurant in Madrid to find, even with GPS, as it is at the rear of where it should be and is hidden away in a corner when you do find the right side of the building.

On entering everything looks great, small but cosy, busy and traditional. It was opened in 1972 by a couple, (he was from the Basque country, she from Galicia) in this neighbourhood just north of Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium. It is now run by their son Sacha Hormaechea, whom the restaurant was named after. 

On a summers evening in Madrid, there is probably no better place to sit than on...

26 Nov 2018


We had an interesting and excellent vegetarian meal at this newly awarded one Michelin star restaurant run by chef Rodrigo de la Calle, who has worked at various Michelin starred restaurants over the years, especially with Martín Berasategui at his eponymous restaurant in Lasarte.

We chose the #VegetaliaPower menu at €135 (there are other menus at €95 and €65) which include, water, bread, cheeses and the pairing of their own drinks and or wines, coffees, infusions and table service.

“The aim of the kitchen is to use the vegetal nature, respect of the prod...

7 Feb 2018

La Venencia is like stepping back in time into an Andalusian sherry bar from the 1920/30’s. The bar has a great history to it (it is believed anti Franco supporters used to meet here during the Spanish civil war).

It is doubtful the place has changed much over the years. The unassuming sign above the door. The dusty old sherry bottles behind the bar & the vintage posters on the walls gives the place great character. 

This refreshingly non modernised, quirky old  bar only serves sherry. You will see very old smoke stained walls and casks of various types of sherry from where they will fill unlabelled bottles. The menu...

6 Feb 2018


The San Ginés Chocolatería & Churreria has been around since 1894 and is the most famous and also the most centrally located Chocolatería in Madrid.

They are open all night, so when the late night crowds exit the bars and dance clubs, they all head to San Ginés to put something tasty and sweet into their hungry stomachs.

It is set in an attractive location, with two floors of plush green velvet seating, marble tables and lots of mirrors. There is also an umbrella covered outdoor seating space.

There is no menu because it is obvious what people are going to eat. As it is so popular, expect t...

22 Mar 2016

A very traditional Madrileño shrimp tapas bar, founded in 1906 in the heart of the city. Nobody  would think that over 100 years have passed since then, especially since nothing has changed. This is because it has passed through four generations of the same family who have kept it traditions and its authenticity.

They only serve all type of gambas and  Langostinos.

 A pinch of salt finishes the sizzling gambas al ajillo at La Casa del Abuelo tapas bar (Photo © Laura Green)

Gambas al ajillo (sizzling garlic prawns) You can see these being cooked by the door entrance. They are served with good bread to soak up the d...

15 Jul 2014



A Little of the beaten track, this is a very traditional Basque Restaurants serving up classics like:

Jamón Iberico de Bellota

Cogollos de lechuga con bonito (Lettuce hearts with tuna)

Almejas marinera (fisherman's clams)

Chipironcitos fritas (fried baby squid)


Tortilla de bacalao (cod omelette)

Rape a la plancha (grilled Monkfish)


Solomillo (sirloin steak)

Chuleta de ternera a la parrilla (grilled veal chop)


Postre especial de la casa (house desert)

Sorbete de limón (lemon sorbet)


The most popular dish is the famous Chuletón Txistu (which is slice raw and you cook yourself on hot plates). Can leave the room s...

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