Medina Mayrit. Calle de Atocha, 14. Madrid

The set lunch here is good value, with fresh ingredients, succulent meat and good presentation. This is the perfect place to come straight after a dip in the hammam next door (a little overpriced, but a refreshing winter-warmer experience if you’ve never done it).
Service is a little aloof at times, but the decor – not as typical as most Moroccan restaurants – and location, so close to shops and theatres, are quite special.

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Metro Sol/Tirso de Molina

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Naia. Plaza de la Paja, 3. Madrid

Two and a half visits here so far: a friends birthday inside, a menu del día on the terraza and a dessert and drink late one summer night. The former was eye-wateringly expensive, as we really did order the best of what they had: pulpo, lamb, vegetables and the impressive postres, including possibly the best pan-baked giant cookie I’ve ever tasted.
The €12 menu del día that I was so looking forward to grazing over on a sunny Friday afternoon was rather lacklustre, though. Surprisingly so, for their a la carte selection is of a different league. Another obligatory visit is imminent.

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Metro La Latina