Located just off the Gran Via, this casual, inexpensive eatery is set on a busy corner in Chueca, the city’s gay village. The two-story dining room is open and airy, with large street-level windows, whitewashed walls, bare-board floors, and pale gray chairs. High ceilings counteract the cluttered shelves, which are stacked with dry goods, wines, and dishware to resemble an old-fashioned convenience store. The internationally inspired Mediterranean menu includes dishes like Thai noodles, roasted tuna with mango chutney, and the signature chocolatísimo (chocolate soufflé). The restaurant does not take reservations, so arriving early is a must.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.