Just across from Iglesia de San Pedro El Viejo, one of Madrid’s oldest churches, Ene is anything but old-world. The design is contemporary, if a little worn, awash with reds and purples, while the young and friendly waiters work to the contemporary lounge music. The cuisine is a Spanish-Asian fusion. Try the peeled aubergine with tahini, peppermint sauce and yoghurt to truly taste the essence of Ene. Or get the homemade four-course brunch meal in town when you stop by.
Calle del Nuncio, 19, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 66 25 91
La Rayuela opens its doors at the foot of the viaduct, in the center of Madrid. Its convenient location allows you to visit the Plaza de Oriente and Royal Palace nearby. It is also just five minutes from the main street of the capital. It is an ideal place to sample dishes both known and unknown. They offer the best Spanish, and international, tapas dishes; in addition to this, they also serve green dishes and healthy cuisine. Here, you can get the best food and the best atmosphere in one of the most picturesque places of old Madrid, sheltered by arches and stairways, with large windows overlooking the Vistillas Park.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 1pm-4pm and 8pm-11:30pm, Fri 1pm-4pm and 8pm-1:30am, Sat 1pm-1:30am, Sun 1pm-11:30pm
Watch out for: the wonderful view
Calle de la Moreria, 8, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 65 82 76
La Musa Latina’s mixed grill and roasted vegetables make a great combination; plus, there are plenty of indulgent desserts to choose from and the chocolate brownie is highly recommended. Waiters are very relaxed and friendly, and the diners are a mixture of the well-heeled clubbing crowd. Given the choice between this and its sister restaurant in Malasaña, this one is the better choice as it’s more spacious. For brunch, get the tapas platters to share with somebody for just 30 euros.
Calle Costanilla de San Andrés, 12, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 54 02 55
Decorated in bullring ochre and bare brick, with flamenco on the sound system, El Tempranillo offers an impressive range of labels from nearly every wine-producing region in Spain. The tapas dishes are addictive too; try the wild mushrooms in scrambled egg or the sweet bread. Internationally acclaimed chef Javier Gonzalez-Bringas, a Madrid native, combines an old-world style with a new-world flair in his signature cuisine. Pick any option from the tapas menu to enjoy a tasty brunch in this bar-type restaurant.
Calle Cava Baja, 38, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 64 15 32