A taste of Russia in Madrid

By | 15 November, 2014 | 0 comments

blini ruso

Geographically, there is no place further from Madrid inside Europe than Russia. Luckily, we have many restaurants that shorten that distance and, for a few hours at least, make us feel like we are in Dostoyevsky’s country. One of them is Rasputin, a mixture of decadent, romantic and 19th century decor on Calle Yeseros, 2, very close to Calle Bailén.

Its decor takes us back to pre-communist Russia, reminiscent of the times of Anna Karenina. It has an à la carte menu but also set menus, with delicious dishes such as blinis with caviar, stroganoff sirloin steak and duck and salmon recipes. Despite it being in the “20 euros or more per person” range, it is excellent value for money if we go by the generous reviews left on the internet by satisfied customers.

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Circulo de Bellas Artes: cultural centrifuge

By | 2 November, 2014 | 0 comments

Circulo Bellas ArtesBuilt in 1926, the building that holds the Círculo de Bellas Artes, also known as CBA, is one of the most outstanding ones in Madrid. Although the CBA itself was founded in 1880, it was not until when it moved to its current home that it started to gain its character, especially in the 80s of the last century, when it was consolidated as a cultural focus of reference.

Its exhibitions are always stimulating for curious spectators, as is the one you can currently visit called ‘Experimental writing in Spain, 1965-1983’. It includes creative artists such as Isidoro Valcárcel, Jorge Oteiza, Antoni Tàpies or Esther Ferrer although in their more literary version as writers who are more or less important, who launch themselves to write “without the obstacles from atavisms of the past”. It is open until January 11th.

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The best sushi with a Spanish twist

By | 15 October, 2014 | 0 comments

sushi madridJapanese cuisine has become deeply rooted in our country and there are chefs that are slowly beginning to dedicate themselves fully to this Oriental gastronomy. one of them is Ricardo Sanz, who has managed for his Kibuki Wellington restaurant (Calle Velázquez, 6) to earn a Michelin star.

True sushi lovers have been regularly visiting this restaurant, with austere decoration but that offers delicious gastronomic surprises, such as red mullet sashimi, fried quail egg nigiri with white-truffle paté or even spicy bull tartar. We are however in the Michelin-star league, so prices do not go any lower than 100 euros per person.

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How to spend a perfect afternoon on the Gran Vía (Part III)

By | 25 September, 2014 | 0 comments

sterling madridThe last stretch of the Gran Vía, the one that leads towards Plaza de España and which is next to our hotel next to this avenue, used to be known as Avenida Eduardo Dato. Unlike the first two, which are more commercial, this part of the avenue is dedicated almost entirely to the world of showbiz, although there are also bars and other corners where to relax. One of them, perfect for those who are on a budget, is Cervecería La Sureña, known for its buckets of beer at very low prices. Another one, for those who prefer the more traditional side of Madrid, is the Museo del Jamón, with its legs of ham hanging from the ceiling and beers at affordable prices.

It is the theatre, though, that gives the shine to Madrid’s version of Broadway, although the third stretch begins with two famous cinemas: Palacio de la Prensa, the previous home of numerous newspapers; and Cine Callao, in front, an example of art deco architecture in the shadows of the emblematic Carrión building, famous for the Schweppes neon sign.

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How to spend a perfect afternoon on the Gran Vía (Part II)

By | 13 September, 2014 | 0 comments

gran via sterlingOh, it’s such a perfect day, I am glad I spent it with you, said Lou Reed in one of his most famous songs. Why not achieve that feeling of fulfillment on any given day on the Gran Vía in Madrid? The Gran Vía is the great artery in Madrid close to Hotel Sterling and here are some recommendations, for the second stretch of this avenue that was previously known as Avenida Pi y Margall.

We start at Red de San Luis, a place that has this name since it used to be the confluence spot of various streets and tram stops back in the day. Today, it is quieter thanks to the pedestrianisation of Calle Montera. At its feet, the impressive Telefónica building, one of the tallest buildings in Europe back in the day (1929). On its ground floor is the Telefónica Foundation, which holds exhibitions of interest such as Arissa. The shadow and the photographer, 1922-1936, which can be seen until September 28th; or Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Geometrical abstraction, which poses curious visual and poetic challenges to the visitor until the 12th of October. Both have free entries.

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How to spend a perfect day on the Gran Vía? (I)

By | 2 September, 2014 | 0 comments

Chicote Gran ViaOften criticised for its progressive homogenization with other large European avenues, the Gran Vía still has its own personality that makes it different to the rest. Also, its offer, which combines restaurants, hotels, the latest in fashion, cinema, theatres, musicals and comedy shows, among others, transforms its 0.818 miles of length into a stage filled with attractions.

Starting at the lower part, where Calle Alcalá splits from it, we have the more luxurious area, previously dedicated to jewellery stores, of which there are still a few good ones like Grassy, in the building that carries its name inaugurated in 1952. Slowly, many hospitality services have appeared in this stretch, perhaps the quietest of them all and where until recently the only pause worth making here was in the Chicote Museum, where cocktails are considered a work of art

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A taste of Argentina in Madrid

By | 4 August, 2014 | 0 comments

carne argentina madridWhether they win or not in the World Cup, Argentina always has an important presence in Madrid, where its restaurants are some sort of embassy for meat that are much beloved in the city Most of the Argentine restaurants in Madrid specialise in the star product of their gastronomy: meat.

One of the most popular ones among the Argentine community in Madrid (on some nights you might even see Jorge Valdano, Andrés Calamaro or Ricardo Darín at the same time) is DeMaría, especially its restaurant on Calle Félix Boix, 5, close to the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. Recently it has opened restaurants on the Gran Vía and Calle Hortaleza, where they offer affordable lunchtime menus (12.50€), although the chain has 9 restaurants all over the city.

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Leisure and adventure in Madrid

By | 30 July, 2014 | 0 comments

Madrid XanaduSummer is a time to enjoy, something that is not that complicated in a big city despite that its rhythm is somewhat slower than in the rest of the year. Let’s see some proposals so that the heat does not stop us from enjoying a nice and big adrenalin rush.

In winter, Xanadú is famous for its artificial ski slopes. A snow fest in the middle of the summer in Madrid? It is definitely possible thanks to proposals like Tobogganing, which is what they call the ski slope set in the Xanadú shopping centre. In summer, they offer a pass (Bono Diversión) that includes karting, bowling, cinema and the aforementioned Tobogganing. Since it is inside the shopping centre, you can visit the many stores that sell clothes, beauty products, home items, jewellery and I.T. products among others. A perfect way to finish a day filled with activities.

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Japanese restaurants in Madrid

By | 21 July, 2014 | 0 comments

Sushi MadridIn the last ten years, the great capitals of the world have seen a large amount of Japanese restaurants appear on their streets. It is a phenomenon that is still growing and in this article we will narrow it down to six of them, of different styles, prices, atmospheres and location.

In the heart of the Malasaña district, on the lively Espíritu Santo street -just a few hundred yards from our hotel- we come across Banzai, a narrow restaurant with a simple and modern decoration that offers some of the tastiest salmon nigiris in the area. Less formal is the other Japanese restaurant located just a few years away, on the neighbouring San Ildefonso square: Maki, an ideal restaurant to buy food to take away and eat it outside. There are trays that are varied and complete that only cost 10 euros. You can also eat them with an Asahi beer or buy one in the many Chinese supermarkets in the area.

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Taverns with character

By | 15 July, 2014 | 0 comments

cerveza-madridIn Madrid there is life, and life with history, beyond the mainstream bars that sell beer by the bucket for a handful of euros. These are the traditional taverns that survive the passing of decades, fashions and preserve the flavour and spirit of past times intact. You can find them in the city centre but also in other less busy districts, which may be worth a visit.

On Calle Mesón de Paredes, close to Plaza Tirso de Molina, we come across the Antonio Sánchez tavern, which used to be a regular spot for bullfighters, writers and painters such as Ignacio Zuloaga, a regular in the social gatherings of the time (late 19th century). You can also enjoy some homemade cooking with traditional dishes such as escargots and minced meat, which go fantastically after a nice vermouth.

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