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by Margaux Cintrano
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The Holiday Season is all about artistically astonishing ingredients freshly caught from our seas and born from the land.  Get your forks, knives and spoons ready because you are about to get the Iberian Peninsula on a platter in the Capital and creative cookery throughout the byways of Madrid´s neighborhoods.


Restaurant Wagaboo
Calle General Martinez Campos 26
Book a table:   81. 792. 0281
Metroline:   7 & 10 –  Gregorio Marañon

Wagaboo, located in six Madrid and Barcelona neighbourhoods, has garnered a reputation for fun eating, dig in diversion and delicious cuisine in its own right. Wagaboo unites the best of the East and West achieving a positive equilibrium that tantalises the tastebuds.  The signature bowl is the La Mein Chinese noodles,  with subtle nuances of Udon, and are hand-made on the premises.   The shitake mushrooms, prawns and are simply heavenly.  The Menu del Dia or pre-fixed laboral lunch is  14  Euros.  Additionally, the carte includes Dim Sim, Peruvian Ceviche, Boletus Filled Ravioli, and an array of delectable pizzas.  There are 12 desserts from which to choose too.  The Graham Cracker New York Cheesecake is a marvel.  


Restaurant La  Recoleta
Avda.  Alberto Alcocer 49
Book a table:  91.  350 .  6338
Metroline:  9 –  Colombia

Owner-Restaurateur Yolanda de La Luz has assembled a  country-air sophisticated eatery in the lovely Colombia neighborhood. The luscious superbly crafted cod and the braised squid on flame are brilliant. This is an unexpected hub for delicious upscale fare.  The degustation is 30 Euros a person.  The sweet tooth pleasure Frutita, which is a stunning red and white concoction served in a Martini stemware glass, is white Sangria with berries & homemade yogurt.     


Restaurant  Sukothay
Paseo de La Castellana 105
Book a table:  91.  598. 0356
Metroline:  10 – Santiago Bernabeu

At this intimate two story restaurant and Sushi bar, one can enjoy Japanese or Thai or a combination of both.  The pre-fixed laboral lunch is  15  Euros per person.  The wine list is amazing at fair prices.   The red curry chicken with basil, pineapple and Basmati rice is extraordinarily lovely.  The Gai Satay, a wonderful chicken  kebab smothered in Thai peanut sauce . . .  The Sashimi and the Po Pia Kung, prawns with fresh mango were heaven on earth . . .    We had a lovely wine tasting of  100 %  Verdejo, Belondrade y Lurton and a wonderful  red by Emilio Moro,  Ribera de Duero – Resalso  Reserva.   One can sit at the Sushi, and do please reserve a bar seat or a table.


Restaurant La Cuina
Calle Alcalá 493
Book a Table:  91. 742. 4353
Metroline:  5 –  Suanzes or the Emt Bus 146 from Callao to
Arturo Soria and it is a 15-minute walk from the bus stop


There are indispensable addresses for food lovers in every neighborhood. The Capital is blessed with more than its fair share.  This is a  rustic stone manor house and has become an epicurean shrine. There are several options here.  One is to sit at the bar or in the garden or in the dining salon.  The stone by stone hand-crafted dining establishment is a treasure and perfect for a romantic dinner.  The bill of fare is classic regional Spanish and Catalan with evolutionary art of plating.  Wines are available by the glass too.  Laboral lunch menus run from  12 – 18 Euros and it is well worth the trip. 


About Margaux
Born in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. Raised in Montreal, Canada. Relocated to Manhattan to attend New York University (1972 – 1978). There she lived with her Venetian paternal grandmother, a restaurateur and chef. This explains her profound adoration for fine epicurism.
Veteran Senior Correspondent & Publishing Journalist since 1978.
Editor for Conde Nast Publications, Manhattan, 1978-1992.
Gastronomic journalist project on the Aegean Islands in Greece.
Moved to her beloved Italy (1995 – 1998). Never returned to Manhattan to live.
Current: Writes for GUIDEPOST since 1999. Focus: Michelin and topnotch Food & Dessert Designers, Where to Dine in Madrid, her globe trotting adventures.