Calle Fernando el Santo 26, Madrid, 28010
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Celebrity spotting, Nightlife, People watching, Relaxation, Trendiness
Best for Trendiness - Expert review of Bar Tomate
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.
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.
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.
Waiting staff are as goodlooking as the customers.
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.
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:
- Bar, Restaurant, Tapas bar
- Catalan, Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas
- Calle Fernando el Santo 26, Madrid, 28010
- 91 702 3870
- Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Wed & Sun 8.30am-midnight, Thur-Sat 8.30am-2am.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times