Pad Thai. Paseo del Prado, 40. Madrid

Our favourite Thai joint, for food, ambience, proximity and value. Service is quick and extremely smiley, their set lunch is a steal at 10€ for 3 courses, and noodles and curries are very tasty.
One of the draws of this place is that it has been built in a disused chapel, with wood panelling and stained glass windows intact; the only Thai concessions to the decor are paper lanterns and a few small Buddha carvings. It is bizarre the first time you sit there, but it slowly grows on you, and the lack of any exterior windows makes it feel secluded, while the entrance is less than 20 metres straight ahead if you want to see cars roaring up Paseo del Prado between the Atocha and Neptuno roundabouts. Cosy.
Of course, as is so often the case, better wine could be served, though for the prices they charge, I’m hardly complaining. Desserts come down to the basic ice-cream and flan choices, which is a constant disappointment.
They serve a large starter platter (satay, spring rolls etc.) which is good value and great to share, spicy ternera con albahaca (beef with basil) and of course a decent Pad Thai noodle dish. I tend to be a creature of habit at Asian restaurants, so let me know what your recommendations are.

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Metro Atocha