Taberna Agrado

Address: Calle Ballesta 1, Madrid, 28004, Spain
Telephone: 91 521 6346

- Mid-range

4.5

Don’t be fooled by appearances – there’s some seriously fancy food on offer here.

The Taberna Agrado opened at the beginning 2010 and has built up quite a following among in-the-know foodie folk. Why? Because the food is really tasty, it’s open all day and there’s no pretentious posturing. Sounds good, doesn’t it? I’ll be going back here regularly over the next few months to work my way through the menu, and will keep you posted.

Food and drink
4.7
90%
Service
4.7
90%
Food and drink
4.7
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Ambience
4.5
90%
Location
4
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Food and drink

The signature dish is a sublime burger made with beef and Iberian pork. Byron Canning, Agrado’s British chef, also serves a lamb lollipop with morcilla sausage, octopus carpaccio, turbot with citric crunch and even fish and chips. Unusually in Madrid, they do French artisan cheeses. You can also have breakfast, snacks at the bar or cocktails – mixed by Mexican barman Héctor Monroy. The short but well-chosen wine list features bottles from Alicante, Extremadura, Aragon and Galicia as well as Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

Ambience

In a semi-basement, there are black teak tables and bench seats against the wall, with the menu chalked up on a large blackboard on one wall. You get the feeling they took over another restaurant and haven’t refurbished it properly yet. There are a few outdoor tables, which are used more for drinks than eating.
There’s a lively buzz at both lunch and dinner, with a mix of locals and media types, but no suits. You don't need to dress up to come here.
 

Service

Friendly and fun.

Location

I’m not going to lie to you, this is the heart of the red-light district and you will almost certainly spot working girls hanging around as you approach the restaurant. But don’t let that put you off. This area between the Gran Via and Malasana – which has been rebranded as Triball - is rapidly becoming cool central, with quite a few funky bars and boutiques.

Price advice

Mains are around the 15 euro mark, but the set lunch, including three courses and a glass of wine, is only 13.50 euros.

Recommended for

  • Foodies
  • Nightlife
  • Relaxation
  • Trendiness

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