The ten restaurants you must try this spring
Tripea, the market stall that ‘caresses’ the Michelin star
Japanese cuisine enjoys excellent fame – and health – in our country and good proof of this are the places that have opened in the capital in recent months. Basque-Japanese fusion, Kaikesi cuisine, Nikkei version … The offer is wide and most tempting.
The neighborhood of Las Salesas houses the first restaurant in Madrid of the Nomo Group. Japanese cuisine based on seasonal produce and with chef Naoyuki Haginoya, tanned at sushi bars, izakayas and yakinukus in Tokyo, at the helm. To start, you can choose some tapas – you can not miss their sukiyaki croquette (Japanese croquette of battered oxtail) – or their okonomi omelette (open omelette with octopus and okonomiyaki sauce). Their mullet has become one of the most acclaimed dishes in the place. It offers a wide and very successful variety of nigiris and rainbow rolls. Irresistible desserts come out of its bakery, such as the green tea cheesecake with yuzu. They also offer more than 15 wine references by the glass. The space is divided into two floors and the interior design is the work of Cirera + Espine.
Address: Brbara de Braganza, 8. Average price: 40-50 euros. Reservations phone: 910 88 75 74.
The grill and the excellent raw material are the axes on which the new space of the Mr. Ito Group revolves, which fuses the best of Basque and Asian cuisine. Captained by chefs Sergio Monterde and Ral Romero, the menu surprises from start to finish. We started with the pintxos, specifically with the dim sum of betizu oxtail, cured quail yolk, cooked demi-glace and smoked Idiazbal. Very good artichokes and surprisingly grilled hamachi thallus. The tamago-tortilla with cider soup with kimchee and spider crab and the wok shells, veloute of Thai green sauce with txakoli and Asian citrus do not leave anyone indifferent. The cheesecake is the perfect closing.
Address. Marqus de Riscal, 5. Reservations: 609 027 014. Average price:
Yoko Hasei (picture) is the chef of this Japanese restaurant that only has three tables and focuses on kaiseki cuisine, little known in our country. Located in the seorial Casa Gallardo, it shares a building -and project- with the Allard Club. Kaiseki cuisine is “a celebration, where seasonal and fresh products prevail,” he said a few days after opening. They prepare two tasting menus: Maiko (120 euros) and Geisha (150). Among the dishes that have already captivated diners, the zamburia with batashouyu, the kawari tartare of tuna and the tempura of seasonal vegetables and the mullet on daikon turnip and edamame. The long option includes chawan mushi with Japanese clam and wagyu meat. The 500-square-meter space has preserved the tapestries and papers on the walls, as well as the park. Weekends must be booked a month in advance.
Address: Ferraz, 2. Reservations phone: 673 838 980. Tasting menu from 120 euros.
It has only been open for a month and a half and the second project of the Quispe group has already garnered very good reviews. Japanese-Peruvian cuisine shines in this space where Pisco sour, of which there is a wide variety, are a true bane. The menu is divided into cold cuisine (based on tiraditos, ceviches, sushi and starters) and hot cuisine. The chutoro tataki and the scallop tiradito are very tasty. The nigiris -the squid and the perucho of tuna are among the best- and the makis -the cebichero of fish of the day does not disappoint- point out good manners. The anti-trade octopus ironed bath is one of the most striking items on the menu. Of the hot proposals, the roasted aubergine with pickled mushrooms is very popular.
Address: Almirante, 20. Telephone: 629217631. Average price: 50-60 euros.
99 SUSHI BAR
It is one of the benchmarks of Japanese haute cuisine that you have to visit from time to time to try its novelties. This spring, the Japanese katsu sando sandwich, which is made with Wagyu sirloin, enters the menu and is a real delicacy. In the offer of nigiris, the one of sea urchin butter with sea bass and caviar and the false nigiri of espardea with leek potato, tutano, and caviar stands out. The aojosi cockles, which are steamed with tentsuyu broth and garlic, have the ballots to be one of the star dishes of the season. They have delivery and take away services (99 Sushi Bar AtHome) and the group announces that 99 KO Sushi Bar AtHome will be running shortly.
Address: Padre Damin, 23. Alberto Alcocer corner. Telephone: 91 359 38 01. Average price: 60-70 euros.
Mario Payn’s bar is a benchmark in the capital when it comes to nigiris. For the variety of fish it uses and for their quality. And of course for the rice, key in these snacks. He prepares them from San Pedro rooster, shrimp and piparra, lemon fish, belly, parrocha, mackerel, eel, squid and sea urchin … Payn, formed in the Kabuki kitchens, goes by the night to choose the genre in Mercamadrid and he takes care of cleaning all the fish himself. His small chamber in Chamber, now with capacity for 16 people, is always full. It has delivery too.
Address: Bretn de los Herreros, 54. Telephone: 910 420 066. Average price: 70 euros.
The Michelin guide has highlighted this place for its “consistency, technique and quality in an informal setting”. This and more is Ikigai, which opened its doors in 2018. Yong Wu Nagahi’s kitchen work, with plenty of seasonal produce and high-level technique, is outstanding. This season he has opted for the omakase menu, for those who want to be guided by the chef. The white prawn with sea bass pil-pil with wasabi, crispy from their heads and teardrop peas and the white prawn gyozas are two of the novelties on the menu. There is also a tuna carbonara, where the udon take center stage, and some cod tripe with candied and fried cockscombs that are delicious. His commitment to merging Japanese, Spanish and French cultures continues to improve. Both the menu and the new dishes can be enjoyed at the bar and at the table.
Address: Flor Baja, 5. Telephone: 916 226 374. Average price: 60-70 euros. Men omakase; 80 euros.
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