Madrid is a hub for Michelin-starred restaurants, contemporary Spanish fusions and traditional culinary culture. The city is famed for its passion for food and is home to some of the best chefs in the world. Madrid is a must for foodies who love experimental molecular gastronomy and state-of-the- art culinary presentation.
The culinary tradition of pinchos is still very present in Spanish and Basque life and is considered to be a backbone in social customs. Pinchos are miniature meals held together by a toothpick that is usually skewered through layers of food on top of a piece of bread. Pinchos line the bar at Txakolí, and there is a distinct relaxed Spanish attitude as customers help themselves to these bite sized dishes. The bill at the end depends on the number of toothpicks left on the plate. Txacolí keeps this Spanish tradition alive with its experimental variation of pinchos and its charmingly informal atmosphere. Txacolí has a lively atmosphere and, combined with its enticing food, has become central to Madrid’s nightlife.
Calle Alcalá is one of the oldest roads in Madrid and where Casino de Madrid is found. Perched upon the rooftop of the casino is the two Michelin Star restaurant La Terraza del Casino,which overlooks Madrid’s spectacular skyline. The entire tasting menu is worthy of trying and, with its seemingly never-ending courses, it is the best way to appreciate the restaurant’s passion for culinary art and presentation. Set within a historic building, this restaurant exudes a formal air, and gentlemen guests are not allowed in without a dinner jacket.