Simplicity and elegance are the watchwords at Kikuyu, one of Madrid’s neighborhood restaurants. Situated north of Chueca and east of Salamanca, Kikuyu attracts the affluent locals time and time again. The dark, intimate room is the setting for some delicious Spanish/Mediterranean cuisine. Carpaccios, paellas and delicate fish dishes entice clients in, while a well-considered selection of wines complement the subtle flavours of the food.
At the front, a stainless-steel bar welcomes you, before you are led on to a darker middle room that is perfect for discreet conversations, while at the back is a further room with an occasional terrace. Kikuyu, as you might guess, was named after the Kenyan tribe, but the connection is somewhat tenuous as the owner fell in love with the name after watching the movie ‘Out of Africa’. This is a real neighbourhood treat, and you will need to book at weekends. Perfect for dinner before heading to some of Chueca’s sophisticated bars.