It is one of the green lungs of Madrid and, with its more than 1,530 hectares -according to the official tourist page of the Madrid City Council-, the largest urban park From the capital. We keep talking about its dimensions: five times bigger than Central Park (New York) and almost seven times bigger than Hyde Park (London).
The Casa de Campo was the favorite picnic area of the locals before we started the word pcnic to go out to eat in the country and, today, it is again. Because the pandemic has thrown us out on the street, to the terraces and outdoors, and because the latest hotel openings have revitalized the area.
Caf del Lago
In a privileged enclave, on the edge of the Lake, it opened last November this Big space that bears the seal of Casa Remigio Group, with 20 years of experience in the world of restaurants and establishments in Madrid and Cdiz. For a few weeks it seems to have unleashed “madness. People want the outdoors and terraces”, they explain from this modern 21st century kiosk. With a 140 m lounge and a 600 m terrace that offers spectacular views of the Lake and the Royal Palace, it fills up on weekends, although it is also busy from Monday to Friday, since its daily menu (12.90 euros) is in great demand. Each day they serve between 150 and 200 menus.
With schedule non stop (the kitchen is open from 1:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.), it covers from breakfast to dinner, passing through the aperitif, meals and snacks, with a gastronomic offer that revolves around the mediterranean culinary and the quality product and aimed at all audiences.
It is a proposal of classic snacks and main dishes: grilled octopus on parmentier, La Vera paprika and EVOO; fried eggs with smoked tuna; potato omelette made at the moment little curd; Iberian ham or squid croquettes; rice; meats (from a beef steak and Iberian meats to venison rag or hamburgers) and fish (skewer hake del Cantbrico, squid, Provençal cod …).
The menu is available both on the terrace and in the living room, a space full of light, with white wood paneling, earthy and blue tones, natural fibers and a old canoe that presides over the room. For your decoration, the BMK Studio has been inspired by boat houses, the classic wooden houses where boats are stored on American lakes.
Address: Paseo del Embarcadero, 16. Telephone: 615 89 28 64. It does not close. Average price: 25 euros.
On the shores of the Lake, this terrace was started in March, created with the idea of recovering the a spirit of healing from Madrid. The joint project of TriCiclo Group Y The Hat Madrid, two authentic brands, it is a success. “Well, we’re doing well; worse with the rain these days. But very happy with the public’s response,” explains Alfonso Lpez, from The Hat Madrid. On weekends in the Terrace 600 m hang poster “from complete”. The motives? To the breathtaking views over the skyline de Madrid joins the kitchen proposal designed by Javier Mayor, Javier Goya and David Alfonso, founders of Grupo Triciclo (TriCiclo; Il Giro in Tndem trattoria, La Elisa tavern and Sa asador).
Its offer adapts both to snacking at high and informal tables as well as to the classic table and tablecloth and moves between the casticismo and the embers. For example, the homemade pickled tuna and salted salad, fresh artichokes, crispy pancakes with revolconas or the tripe a la madrilea to start. And, to continue, fish of the day and meats from Discarlux (beef tenderloin, entrea, cutlet, tutano and vaco) grilled on view. Many of the dishes are available in media racin and, in addition, the menu contains a section on cooking non stop with most of the entrees.
And a couple more news. The first, “from May 4 already be working The Gazebo, the air-conditioned covered pavilion, with the same offer as the terrace “, explains Alfonso Lpez. The second, the opening of a new space, The Lake Workshop. “It is a concept of world kitchens a little in the style street food, harmonized with about 20 international beers. We will have from a meat smoker even a chicken rotisserie, with Jamaican and Peruvian recipes, a tribute to Mingo … that you can eat at El Taller or in any meadow in Casa de Campo … Powerful food, linked to beer and with a average price of about 25 euros “, concludes Alfonso.
Address: Paseo de Mara Teresa, 3. Telephone: 91 999 30 14. It does not close. Average price: 20-25 euros (pecking); 30-35 euros (lunch and dinner at a high table) and 40-45 euros (at a table with a tablecloth).
The group El Urogallo It is a classic of Madrid restoration. In 1996 he opened his first local –The Grouse Country House– next to the Lake and, there are almost 25 years later its terrace and lounge, its traditional cuisine, its tapas and its portions. Today, the show -which has three more Grouse: Prncipe Po, Pozuelo and Majadahonda- has just opened Contramar in the heart of Casa de Campo, with views of the Lake and a taste of the sea.
Because the proposal revolves around the seafood cuisine, “with fresh products, fresh from the sea and cooked with all the tradition as it was done in the ports of yesteryear “, explains Miguel Gonzlez Rodrguez, the Group’s general director. Raw material that comes from suppliers all over the country and that it has in the embers its common thread. Thus, by the tables of a hall with a clear seafaring inspiration, decorated in shades of white and blue, pass fish grilled with oak charcoal like wild sea bass, seasonal blue mackerel (House specialities) or grilled coast snapper; fried dishes such as squid, anchovies, marinated cazn, pijotas and rejos; classic dishes such as the Ta Sole ham croquettes and grilled octopus.
The menu also contains a remarkable section on rice and stews: black paella with choco grilled; roast chicken or artichokes and ham (three at least for two people) and one be marinera – “like the one those who fish make on the boat” – and a stew of cuttlefish, chickpeas and egg. As seconds, cod en suquet de carabineros; hake in green sauce from Master Arzak and, as they say that you have to have some meat, sirloin and Galician beef entrecote.
Address: Paseo de la Puerta del ngel, 12. Telephone: 91 200 13 33. Closed Tuesdays. Average price: 35 euros.
The Anchor of the Lake
A little over two months ago this restaurant opened its doors on the shores of the Lake and in the shadow of the fat banana (a shadow plane with more than 200 years old and 20 meters high). The house of Luis García, who is the name of its owner, has a conservatory where white tones and a large terrace with magnificent views are imposed.
Its cuisine, traditional and always, is based on the quality raw material, such as the meat and fish that are prepared on the charcoal grill (beef, veal steak, sole). Another of the specialties of El Ancla del Lago, whose offer ranges from breakfast to dinner, through lunch and afternoon, is el rice with lobster.
His letter is completed with a varied proposal of dishes to share, like eggs with gulas, ham or chistorra; padrn peppers and ham croquettes and national classics such as home-made beef meatballs or oxtail. “And, as we want to offer lifelong Madrid cuisine, made like at home, they cannot miss Patatas bravas, tripe and Spanish omelette“, concludes Luis.
Address: Paseo Mara Teresa, 2. Telephone: 91 354 36 07. Closed on Mondays. Average price: 25 euros.