Bar Tomate

Price guide: Mid-range

Calle Fernando el Santo 26, Madrid, 28010

Price guide: Mid-range

Bar Tomate

By Annie Bennett, your Madrid expert

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#13 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Madrid
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.8
4.8
Service:
4.5
4.5
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Celebrity spotting, Nightlife, People watching, Relaxation, Trendiness

Best for Trendiness - Expert review of Bar Tomate

Fashionista hangout with Mediterranean food and New York vibe.

The wildly successful Tragaluz group, which has had restaurants in Barcelona since the 1980s, finally dipped its toe into the Madrid scene in late 2009 and had an instant hit on its hands with the ultrahip Bar Tomate. With a wood-fired oven in an open kitchen, the place has a canteen feel, albeit one filled with a remarkably well-heeled clientele. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays there is a DJ after dinner.

Food and drink: 

Bar Tomate specialises in light and tasty Mediterranean cuisine. Open all day, it is great for breakfast, a snack or a full meal. Try the roasted tomatoes, gorgonzola croquettes, roast beef with caramelised onions on toast, asparagus tempura or the individual tortillas. There are more substantial meat and fish dishes available for lunch and dinner, as well as pasta and salads. Interesting wine list too, and great cocktails.

Ambience: 

Be careful you don’t crick your neck with all that mad head-swivelling at the glamorous clientele. Please don’t go in beige tourist comfortwear.

Service: 

Waiting staff are as goodlooking as the customers.

Location: 

Just off the Paseo de la Castellana in the Chamberi neighbourhood, with lots of embassies and ministries nearby. You’re not likely to walk past it if you’re sightseeing, but that’s no bad thing and it’s not far to go either.

Price advice: 

The tostas (toast with toppings) are 10 euros each, which is a bit pricey. Croquettes and other shareable plates come in at 8 euros. Mains are around 16 euros. Breakfast is good value from just 2.50 euros. Wines start at 3 euros a glass, with some decent bottles around the 22-24 euros mark.

More information on Bar Tomate:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Restaurant, Tapas bar
Food:
Catalan, Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas
Address:
Calle Fernando el Santo 26, Madrid, 28010
Telephone:
91 702 3870
Website:
http://www.grupotragaluz.com/rest-tomate.php
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Wed & Sun 8.30am-midnight, Thur-Sat 8.30am-2am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Bar Tomate? Would you recommended it?