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Best Spanish cuisine in Madrid

El Clásico is served up to help you find the best Spanish cuisine in Madrid

The classics of Spanish cuisine, from tapas to heartier dishes, are taken to new heights at these central locations in Madrid.

Sergi Arola Gastro

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Catalan-born Sergi Arola juggles heading up multiple hotel restaurants across the globe and launching his 2-Michelin-starred restaurant in Madrid. Upstairs at the Art Deco gourmet restaurant, the menu mutates monthly. In the clubby, dimly lit basement (‘Sot’), wholesome, simple dishes for sharing set the tone, alongside private dining rooms. Last year, Arola made his mark in Abu Dhabi but also in Madrid’s Chueca neighbourhood, where he opened a rotisserie. He says, “I don’t need food to be revolutionary, nor a religious experience...”

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It turns out that one of the most highly reputed restaurants in Madrid is also one of the oldest: Botín. In fact, the Guinness World Records says that Botín is the longest surviving restaurant in the world, in operation since 1725. Goya and generations of royalty are among guests of renown and roast meat is the order of the day; think lamb and suckling pig cooked over vine shoots in a gigantic oven, whilst soups, egg and vegetable dishes are also on the menu. Try and get a table in the vaulted cellar, although the tiled rooms on the other floors are atmospheric too.

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La Terraza del Casino de Madrid

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This 2-Michelin-starred restaurant has, since 1988, been the jewel of a luxurious 19th-century casino building which is now used for private events. For celebrity chef Paco Roncero, innovation is at the heart of the food on offer. The adventurous foodie will delight in the likes of Oxtail with porcini mushrooms and Chinese cabbage, pigeon with gele cru apples in cassis and ramen of eel with pork belly at low temperature. The icing on the cake? Dazzling views of some of the most historic buildings of Madrid.

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1 Sergi Arola Gastro
2 Botín
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