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February 2022

We were looking for a restaurant for a group of 12 friends to have lunch in Madrid who were over for the Atletico Madrid v Manchester United Champions League football match. We decide La Primera was the place. The restaurant is located in an ideal spot to enjoy Madrid, on the first floor (hence the name) of an iconic building on the famous Gran Vía. The interior design is elegantly minimalistic, with a somewhat Scandinavian look and a dark but cosy colour palette. It is spacious and comfortable.

They offer a fine-dining interpretation of traditional Spanish and, in particular, Cantabrian cuisine.

As we were a group of twelve we decided on two sets of six starters to share and started with,

Tartar de Bonito (tuna tartar) .

Pudin de cabracho (scorpionfish pâté).

Anchoas (anchovies cantabrico).

Patatas bravas (potatoes with spicy tomato sauce).

Croquetas de Jamón (ham croquettes).

Patatas rellenas robo de toro (potatoes stuffed with bull tail, similar to oxtail).

Tajada Merluza (hake Slice).

Arroz negro con gambas (black rice with prawns). I had this and it was excellent.

Cordero deshuesado (boneless lamb) (no photo).

Arroz seco verduras (dry rice with vegetables).

Bonito con nori (tuna nori).

To drink, we had 3 bottles of Juvé y Camps Reserva Brut Natural and 3 bottles of Belondrade y Lurton 2019 (D.O.Rueda).

The desserts were particularly good and included, tarta de queso 'can (house cheesecake).

Flan con nata (flan with cream).

Brownie chocolate.

Tarta de zanahoria (carrot cake).

We finished with a carajillo (cafe solo with brandy).

Everyone agreed the food was of a high level. We received friendly and polite treatment at all times.

You will need to reserve to get a table, and you should definitely ask for one next to a window, looking onto the Gran Via, to enjoy the view.

After the meal we made our way to the game, which ended in a 1-1 draw, and was played in a great atmosphere, so the Manchester contingent went home quite happy.


Calle Gran Vía, 1, 28013 Madrid

+34 910 52 06 20

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