21 November 2016


The last time I was in Madrid, I had a fantastic experience at Celso y Manolo. Truly my favorite restaurant in Madrid (read my review here) where I enjoyed the dish Chuleton de Tomate de Huesca con 6 Cosas Ricas so much I still dream of it sometimes. The owners of Celso y Manolo recently opened a new restaurant called La Vaquería Montañesa. And of course I went there to take a look and learn more about the restaurant.


The owners are originally from Santander in Northern Spain. And that influence is clearly visible in the restaurant with a ‘Cocina Madrileña International‘. The fish comes directly from the fish market in Santander and you know for sure that you’ll eat the most delicious fresh fish here. There are more Spanish influences in the restaurant such as the big Spanish tomatoes (yes!), but the pasta comes directly from Puglia in Italy and they are also inspired by Ottolenghi in London. The chefs have an international background: they have been working for chefs like Alain Ducasse, Terence Conran and Luis Irizar.


The restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner, is located North of Calle Genova in a quiet street where you’ll also find bar Blanca 6. The white facade is beautiful and inside the interior is kept minimalistic black/white in a 50s atmosphere. Look for example at the bar made of marble, the TON chairs the stunning contemporary chandelier Flos by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and the striking pictures of Pablo Zamora. I was also inspired by how they presented the pictures. Just by pinning a nail to the wall. Something to try at home.


In short: La Vaqueria Montañesa is highly recommended!


Check out: www.lavaqueriamontanesa.es