Top Choice Fusion in Salamanca


This terrific family-run place in Salamanca's north has a simple philosophy – take the grandmother's recipes and filter them through the imagination of the grandchildren. The result is a beguiling mix of flavours, s…
Top Choice Spanish in Salamanca


Platea is one of the most exciting things to happen in Madrid's eating scene in years. The ornate Carlos III cinema opposite the Plaza de Colón has been artfully transformed into a dynamic culinary scene with more t…
Mexican in Salamanca


Recently moved from Chueca, Tepic offers ‘Urban Mexican Food’ in chic dining rooms and with friendly service. Tepic’s signature dish is the Acapulco Tropical, a cheese taco with meat and pineapple, but it’s all good…
Tapas in Salamanca

El Lateral

El Lateral does terrific pinchos (tapas), which serve as the ideal accompaniment to the fine wines on offer. Tapas are creative without being over the top (wild mushroom croquettes or sirloin with foie gras). This b…
Castilian in Salamanca

La Cocina de María Luisa

The home kitchen of former parliamentarian María Luisa Banzo has one of Salamanca’s most loyal followings. The cooking is a carefully charted culinary journey through Castilla y León, accompanied by well-chosen regi…
Tapas in Salamanca


This breezy Basque tapas bar is one of the best places in Madrid to sample the creativity of bite-sized pintxos (Basque tapas) as only the Basques can make them. It’s the perfect combination of San Sebastián–style t…
Spanish in Salamanca

José Luis

With numerous branches around Madrid, José Luis is famous for its fidelity to traditional Spanish recipes. It wins many people's vote for Madrid's best tortilla de patatas (Spanish potato omelette), but it's also go…
Tapas in Salamanca

Restaurante Estay

Restaurante Estay is partly a standard Spanish bar, where besuited waiters serve café con leche, and also one of the best-loved tapas bars in this part of town. The long list of hot and cold tapas concentrates mostl…
Tapas in Salamanca

La Colonial de Goya

Other better-known places have come and gone around here, but La Colonial de Goya has stood the test of time. The food is occasionally creative but is more often traditional (such as warm canapés and croquetas). The…
Bakery in Salamanca


For fine takeaway food, head to Mallorca, a Madrid institution. Everything here, from gourmet mains to snacks and sweets, is delicious.