La Tasquita de Enfrente

Address: Calle Ballesta 6, Madrid, 28004, Spain
Telephone: 915 325 449

- Expensive

4.7

Fabulous produce and brilliant cooking with a personal touch.

Juanjo López Bedmar chucked in a proper job, wearing a suit and everythng, to devote himself to cooking. There are only eight tables, so you need to book well ahead. There is a menu, but it's much better to just let Juanjo tell you what you should be eating.

Food and drink
4.9
90%
Service
4.8
90%
Food and drink
4.9
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Ambience
4.7
90%
Location
4.2
90%

Food and drink

The menu is super seasonal, but might well include clams with pocha beans, which is to die for. Juanjo has a bit of a thing for Russian salad, but puts his own spin on it with crayfish, caviar, prawns or sea urchin paste. I also love the hake cheeks, the braised acorn-fed Iberian pork and the teriyaki tuna. You never know what you might get, but there is no doubt it will be a memorable meal. 

Ambience

Because the restaurant is so small, and is very much a family affair, it's remarkably relaxed for such exquisite food. A restaurant critic friend of mine who ate here recently (December 2010) said his meal was spoiled by too many smokers in the restaurant. A more stringent antismoking law should come into force in 2011, which would solve the problem, but meanwhile, it's something to bear in mind. I'd be interested to hear about other people's experience here. 

Service

It's all about giving you a fabulous gastronomic experience with no snobbery.

Location

Bit of a dodgy street to be honest, but the area is becoming gentrified - slowly. At least it's central.

Price advice

Starters are €10-20, mains €20-30. But the best thing is just to have Juanjo's menu, for around €70.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

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