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Doki Doki, the best of Japanese cuisine

New kid on the block Doki Doki could well be one of the best Japanese restaurants in town. The modern and organic decor stands out compared to other places of the like. The refined cooking deserves a prompt tasting. Very creative, fresh produce, remarkable flavours and very attentive staff. The owner is a passionate man and will gladly guide you through the menu.

Trattoria La Tavernetta, the best of Italian cuisine


La Tavernetta is a small place located in the Alonso Martinez area. A large bar and and a few tables welcome clients for lunch, and for a cosier atmosphere at night, you may chose to sit in the room downstairs. If you love Italian food, especially Sicilian dishes, this place is a must. The Caponata is to die for and so are the fried alcachofas and pasta menus.
The portions are very generous and the service impeccable, which only adds to the pleasure of going there.
A great place where we will certainly return as many dishes remain to be tasted!


Peruvian food at Tanta, our favourite Peruvian restaurant in Madrid

Bistro Tanta is the little sister and much cheaper version of the famous (and rather exspensive) Astrid and Gaston. They mix Peruvian cuisine with Asian, Italian and African with great results. Try the ceviches and their piqueos which are starters to share.  We love the pisco sour which is a delicious Peruvian cocktail. They have various menus which are good value. Very good service and family friendly. Our only criticism is the decor is not very exciting.


Mexican food at Punto MX

This Mexican restaurant is the revelation of this year and offers authentic Mexican cooking, made with first class ingredients and with a twist to traditional recipes. You have to try the red tuna tacos, the guacamole, the duck enchiladas which are all really good.
The establishment consists of 2 floors: the main part of the restaurant is situated on the lower floor and is simple and the decor all white. There is a more rustic informal corner at the back (with wooden tables and no tableclothes). The upper floor is where you will find the Mezcal Bar with a bar and several low tables. The service is very agreable.


Indian food at Tandoori Station

Indian food made by Indian cooks. This restaurant breaks away from the typical image of an indian restaurant with its decor styled on a colonial station.


Brazilian food at Baby Beef Rubaiyat

This Brazilian restaurant opened in Madrid (after Brazil and Argentina). They serve excellent meat imported from Argentina (try the “Picaña”) and organise “feijoadas ” on weekends. 


Italian food at Trattoria Pulcinella

Excellent, cheap and simple Italian restaurant. Pizzas are crunchy and tasty and the mozzarella comes directly from Italy. Customers are mainly Italian which is definitely proof of its authenticity!

Fusion food at Minabo

It is very enjoyable eating in this restaurant with its modern decor. The fusion cuisine is always good.

Japanese food at Kabuki Sushi Bar

Fashionable Japanese restaurant very representative of Japanese cuisine. Their sushi and sashimi are excellent, fresh and creative (try the ”sashimi o'toro”). The terrace is welcome in summer.