Gazpacho in Madrid is a necessity in Summer. So what is Gazpacho? According to Wikipedia, it is a cold soup made of raw, blended vegetables. The origin of this refreshing, tasty and healthy cold soup in Andalucia. Therefore it is also sometimes referred to as Andalusian gazpacho. Though, its birthplace is the south of Spain, you can still find some exquisite recipes and interpretations of this classic of Spanish gastronomy in Madrid. The list of ingredients of Gazpacho may differ from region to region, but the list of the essential ingredients of the Andalucian gazpacho are:
very ripe tomatoes
extra virgin olive oil
Here follows a list of restaurants where you can enjoy bowls of appetizing Gazpacho soups:
La Tasquita de Enfrente is a renowned restaurant in Madrid as well as a winner of several gastronomical recognitions. Their contribution to gazpacho in Madrid, is a recipe which is much more consistent or denser than an average gazpacho you might find elsewhere. La Tasquita´s recipe excludes the use of green peppers and cucumbers and in addition, celiacs would be happy to know that they also prepare gazpachos apt for people with intolerances to gluten. The chef recommends consuming gazpacho with manzanilla,a dry white wine popularily from the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia (Spain).
Where: Calle de la Ballesta, 6
GingerBoy was opened in 2009 and it combines the best of Thai and Spanish cuisine.Their star ingredients for their gazpacho are watermelon, cucumber, tomato, ginger and lemongrass. It is located in the Chamberi neighborhood, near the metro Iglesia and the free entry Museo Anden 0. The restaurant is not big and they have a very reliable home delivery service. This Asiatic fusion and interpretation of this classic Andalucian dish of Gazpacho in Madrid, is an experience that will leave you with a very good taste in your mouth.
Where:Calle Murillo, 1
La Taberna de Sanlúcar
The cuisine of La Taberna de Sanlúcar is specialized in Sanlúcar recipes and you will taste the best dishes of this region of Cádiz. This tarvern is located near The Royal Basilica of San Francisco el Grande. Their gazpacho recipe is mainly made of tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, water, salt, olive oil and bread crumbs. Be sure to arrive early because the restaurants gets full fast as a result of its popularity for authentic Andalucian gastronomy.
Where: Calle San Isidro Labrador, 14
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This restaurant is named after the owner and chef, David Marcano. Marcano is a story of the coming of age, as the restaurant flourished from a former aperitif bar into a fully fledged eating house it is today. He participated in the Spanish version of the reality show Top Chef. You will still find the former stand-up bar as well a small but dynamic space from which one can see David work in the kitchen through the glass separation. The restaurant has minimalist decor and the menu card features traditional dishes with a new modern spin.The gazpacho lives up to this fame of innovation because it is made of beetroot which gives it a lively red hue.
Where: Calle del Dr. Castelo, 31
Viridiana is a 40 year strong restaurant. The owner and chef, Abraham García created it in the late 70s and the cuisines was inspired from ingredients collected on his trips around the world. This worldly view while rooted in the essence of Spanish cuisine has attracted personalities like Leonardo Di Caprio, Catherine Deneuve or Martin Scorsese to dine here. Their gazpacho version, made from strawberries and herring, is simply exquisite. Another detail which makes this restaurant special, is the fact that the chef, comes out into the dining area during the meal to chat. The restaurant is ideally located near the the Retiro Park in Madrid and literally 2 minutes walk from Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas (€3 Entrance fee).
Where: Calle de Juan de Mena, 14,
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