When the cancula of august squeeze in the capital, we will give whatever it takes to escape the asphalt and leave the city, at least, for a few hours. And though there is no beach -as since the end of the 80s of the last century reminds us of a song from the summer of The Refrescos, here is a saw, “wow, wow”, ideal destination for a short getaway looking for some freshness … and a good meal. Like the one offered by these six mountain restaurants that open in August, luckily for the gatos town.
THE BOBA SOUP (ALPEDRETE)
We started with an essential and unconventional establishment de Alpedrete, whose centennial door makes us believe that there is something else behind it. Once inside, surprises lurk: a eclctico saln, of white tones with vinyl murals, unique gadgets … All very personal, just like the creative cuisine that they develop here around the seasonal product. The ideologue? Fernando Limn, who offers a proposal that has in the experiences, the travels and the tastes of the chef its common threads. Thus, in their recipes coexist the Mediterranean, the Asian, the Latin with hints of fusion. For example, croquettes takoyaki octopus with kimuchi mayonnaise; pot-smoked wild Alaskan salmon; squid black pudding in its ink; red prawn carpaccio; Iberian pig mask Norway lobster stuffing; prawn gyozas with garlic and sauce yuzumiso… And fish of the day, grilled and made in the kamado oven. In the cellar, “wines of the world”, explains Limn. In addition, the place has a terrace. Address: Plaza de Guadarrama, 9 (Alpedrete). Tel .: 91 850 63 70. Closed on Sundays nights and Mondays other than holidays. Average price: 35 euros.
KOMA (Medium Hill)
Is he restaurant of the charming Box Art Hotel-La Torre, located in a beautiful restored 19th century mansion that houses, in addition to the aforementioned boutique hotel, an art gallery. Both in the dining room and on the terrace, the offer revolves around a traditional cuisine with avant-garde touches. The proposal is directed by Rubn Amro, an experienced chef (he has worked in the kitchens of Hotel Urban and Florida Retiro) and also awarded (Best Cook in the Gastronomic Contest of the Community of Madrid organized, in January 2021, by the Association of Cooks and Restaurateurs of Madrid). Amro designs a letter that adapts to the season and to the market, without giving up creativity or technique. By their tables, these days pass sardine ceviche a la madrilea; eggs stuffed with sherry clams; not de atn rojo with guacamole and sour cream; liquid smoked jerky croquette; fish hook squid on the grill with ink and lime stew; rice dishes and, given its location, you cannot miss a low loin from Guadarrama grilled with herb celery and trotter juice. It also offers a tasting menu (57 euros, drinks apart). Address: Paseo de los Rosales, 48 (Collado Mediano). Tel .: 91 855 85 58. Open from Wednesday to Sunday. Average price: 40 euros.
In the middle of a large farm (19,500 square meters of plot) in the Sierra de Guadarrama, there is –for almost 26 years, before he was in the town of Guadarrama- this establishment which has 700 meters of terrace, glazed and heated; cap area; private; children’s area; garden … come on, a Eden for gastronomic enjoyment. With the product by flag, are famous his prawns from Huelva. But here is more. We continue in a seafaring key: crayfish, red prawns, clams and grilled razor clams; Galician shrimp; snuff; turbot; hake; sole; Bass; cocochas, tuna tartare … in the carnivore section, beef carpaccio, suckling lamb chops, entrecote and grilled sirloin or rabbit chops with mojo. Nor are they missing rice with carabineros or with lobster (from Monday to Friday, not holidays). Address: Carretera de los Molinos, 2 (Guadarrama). Tel .: 91 854 21 21. It does not close. Average price: 50 euros
MALABAR BISTR (Becerril de la Sierra)
Yago Mrquez and Cecilia Delpech they have moved their restaurant with the air of a bistro to Becerril de la Sierra, and in an original place, in Navacerrada, they have opened a tienda gourmet. New space, larger and with a cozy patio, but with the same philosophy with which, in mid-2019, they opened their doors. It is a nomadic kitchen, with a moving menu that reflects the vocation and traveling existence of its creators (they worked at Martin Berasategui’s restaurant in Lasarte; later, in the place that the Basque master set up in Shanghi; Then in Argentina…). As a sample, take a look at some of their proposals, which are served in racin and, in some cases, with a choice of media: scallop / avocado / ceviche, pickled foie / smoked cod / green mustard, sweetbreads / black garlic / lemon, cannelloni / duck confit / coconut milk / red curry … Address: Real, 14 (Becerril de la Sierra). Tel .: 91 853 89 36. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Average price: 30-40 euros.
We continue with a whole novelty (it has not been open for a month yet) and the first draft of Carlos Carande (trained at Le Cordon Bleu and has worked with Hilario Arbelaitz in Zuberoa). The Madrilenian has opted for this mountain town, where he has spent much of his life, to launch a proposal that breaks with the classic format of “asador” of the zone. Its cuisine, market and product, seeks flavors and a balance between classical technique and innovative concepts from the kitchens of the world. Thus, on their plates, French Basque influence, there are guides asitic in short steamed and marinated cooking or in products (shiso, ginger …). The space has three areas: living room, bar and terrace. The first is intended for more formal lunches and dinners, with recipes ranging from seasonal vegetable stew (and proximity) even roast pigeon (from a French supplier). In the other two, in addition to the dining room menu, there is one of its own, with simple dishes, such as fish & chips or seasonal salad, and others more sophisticated, such as the low-temperature pork ribs. And, it also has “off the menu” suggestions and two tasting menus with 9 and 12 dishes. Address: Plaza del Doctor Gereda, 10 (Navacerrada). Tel .: 683 49 10 66. Closed Sunday nights, Monday and Tuesday at noon. Average price: 55 euros.
THE PAJAR DE FUENTE HERNANDO (Lozoya)
With views to the La Pinilla reservoir and located in the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, it is a classic getaways to the mountains of Madrid. In this old haystack, restored without losing a bit of its charm, what commands is the traditional cuisine, that of the grandmothers. His proposal is simple, honest, with good local products and, above all, rich and tasty. Here, the king is the Madrid stew, even in summer there are some who dare. “Yes, we already have a few managers,” he explains. Susana baena. “We do it in a clay pot and it’s 24 hours in the fire of fire“Susana continues. to order, roast lamb and pork chop in a firewood oven, although these summer days what triumph is the beef burgers with grilled truffle; the meat grill (ribs, blood sausage and Creole chorizo, but also suckling lamb chops, Guadarrama sirloins…) or vegetables; the gazpacho with garden tomato and the rice (black, sailor, a band with aioli, vegetables …). And, to enjoy the nights, do not miss your terrace, surrounded by mountain nature. Address: You were Girls, s / n. Tel .: 91 869 31 94. Open only on weekends and holidays. Average price: 30-35 euros.
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