Spain´s glamorous and bustling capitol of Madrid has literally thousands of restaurants, and Madrileños eat out more than even New Yorkers it would seem.There are eateries on literally every corner to fit every price point, ambiance and imaginable cuisine.
And there are dozens of restaurants that we love and recommend, some for great fish (yes, even though Madrid could not be farther from the sea it has some of the best seafood markets and restaurants in the country!), some for great old fashioned atmosphere, some for exquisite modern cuisine…. but it is quite the rare occasion to find a restaurant that has stunning food AND great atmosphere and buzz AND top class professional and friendly (as opposed to cold and formal) service. In fact it is generally impossible.
Caoba, located in the beautiful and less touristy Pintor Rosales neighborhood (where renowned filmmaker Pedro Almodovar lives) in arms reach of the lush Parque Oeste and mystical Templo Debod, is quite honestly the best and most recommendable eatery in Madrid in our view at present.
The restaurant has a supremely professional staff that are all at the top of their game, from Italian chef Vincenzo Marconi (who had stints with a number of mythical chefs including none other than Gualtiero Marchesi in Italy´s Franciacorta wine region) to maitre and sommelier Alvaro Barbas who worked for years at Michelin starred Santceloni and who has the restaurant biz in his blood.
The cuisine is fresh, Mediterranean, based on the finest raw ingredients and generally healthy (although the sinful desserts are pretty naughty!) and with a creative twist. On the last night we dined there we had a swordfish dish which was the most out of this world, succulent piece of fish we´d had in ages. Swordfish is indeed more commonly seen in Italy than in Spain, a nod to the chef. There are more than 400 wines from around the world (unique in Madrid, to have so many international wines) and the cheese chariot is considered one of the best in Spain.
Caoba prepare special menus for coeliacs and vegetarians, and do custom designed tasting menus for our lucky clients.
As an example they designed this Grand Tasting Menu for our lucky guests this weekend:
Egg Yolk With Tête de Moin Cream and Radish Sprouts
Chantarella Mini Quiche Accompanied with Saffron Sauce Foie in a Shot Glass with Turnip-root Mousse
Our Spring Roll of “Oyster Mushroom” and Ginger. Grilled Smoked Provola with the Crispy Ibérico Pork Cheek
Carpaccio of Slow Cooked Iberico Pork Shoulder On a Bed of Celery Root Salad, Parmigiano Cream and Foie
Ice cream Potato and Pumpkin Sphere Smoked Mozzarella Heart, Asparagus, Sage and Textured Seasonal Mushroom Broth Risotto with Foie and “Bitto Cheese”
Veal Fillet Mignon cover with the Brioches Pastry and Warm Mozarella Sauce
Our Cheese Table
“Chocolate que pasión” Liquid Chocolate Shot, Chocolate Ice cream, Thousand-Layer Chocolate and Coffee Cream Cake.
Mini Soufflé of Chocolate and “Sichuan” Peppercorn
Coffee and Petit Fours
Champagne Pascal Doquet
White Italy Tenuta Villanova – Traminer ’09 D.O.C.FRIULI ISONZO
Red Spain Melquior Reserva Familiar ’04 D.O.C. RIOJA
Dessert Cocktail Caoba’s Bellini with Le Bertole Brût Extradry. D.O.C.G.
And after a meal like this, there is nothing better than a delightful digestive 15 minute walk down to the Royal Palace of Madrid in the Plaza Oriente, a terrific and scenic way to “bajar la comida”.
If you will be touring Spain with us, we´d be happy to send you to Caoba for a special tasting menu and personalized attention!