La Manduca de Azagra

Price guide: Mid-range

Calle Sagasta 14, Madrid, 28004

Price guide: Mid-range

La Manduca de Azagra

By Annie Bennett, your Madrid expert

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#7 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Madrid
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.7
4.7
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.7
4.7
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
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

Contemporary cuisine from Navarra with great vegetable dishes.

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.

Food and drink: 

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. 

Recommended dishes: 

Be sure to order the cristal peppers, which are prepared eveyr day by Sola's mother, Pili, in Navarra and sent to Madrid.

Ambience: 

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.

Service: 

Informative and friendly.

Location: 

Off the tourist beat, but a short walk from Calle Fuencarral and Chueca.

Price advice: 

Starters are around 10-15 euros, mains 20-30 euros and desserts 6.50 euros.

More information on La Manduca de Azagra:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian
Address:
Calle Sagasta 14, Madrid, 28004
Telephone:
91 591 0112
Website:
http://www.lamanducadeazagra.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 1.30pm-3.30pm, 9pm-11.15pm. Closed Sundays and August.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to La Manduca de Azagra? Would you recommended it?