La Manduca de Azagra
Calle Sagasta 14, Madrid, 28004
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Celebrity spotting, Design and architecture, Romance, Special occasions
Expert review of La Manduca de Azagra
Navarra does not have the fame of the Basque Country when it comes to food, but really should be better known. Some of the best vegetables in Spain are grown there, and the cuisine is refined with a bit of a French influence. This restaurant serves well-conceived dishes using first-class ingredients. The owner, Juan Miguel Sola, is from the village of Azagra in Navarra, and vegetables are sent from there to the restaurant every day by various members of his family.
Start with artichokes, asaparagus, broad beans or whatever is in season. Let the waitress advise you. Then maybe monkfish or sea bass, or a steak. The hot chocolate souflee is very sinful. Navarra also produces some fantastic wines, particularly reds and roses, and there is a great list here.
Be sure to order the cristal peppers, which are prepared eveyr day by Sola's mother, Pili, in Navarra and sent to Madrid.
The restaurant was designed by the renowned architect Patxi Mangado, who is also from Navarra. There is a lot of pale wood, which creates a light, airy atmosphere with plenty of space between the tables. For once, you won't be forced to eavesdrop on the conversation of the table next to you. You get a mix of business people and media types here, with few tourists. Look out for singers, actors and politicians.
Informative and friendly.
Off the tourist beat, but a short walk from Calle Fuencarral and Chueca.
Starters are around 10-15 euros, mains 20-30 euros and desserts 6.50 euros.
More information on La Manduca de Azagra:
- Price guide:
- Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian
- Calle Sagasta 14, Madrid, 28004
- 91 591 0112
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sat 1.30pm-3.30pm, 9pm-11.15pm. Closed Sundays and August.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times