The fact that this Spanish restaurant in Madrid is nearly always full on a week night is a testament to Nicolas’s popularity among its loyal clientele, who are almost exclusively locals. Tempted to Nicolas by the excellent menu, which includes plenty of Madrileño favourites, using ingredients such as asparagus, truffles and carefully selected cuts of meat and fish.
If offal dishes aren’t your thing, then you may want to steer clear (indeed, this is certainly not a place for vegetarians), but the more adventurous will be rewarded by the immaculate dishes, served by attentive waitstaff with superb attention to detail.
The curved wood ceiling and low-slung, warm lamps lighting the tables bring a welcome touch of intimacy for diners, as well as a touch of modernity. Look out for Nicolas himself – he’s the authoritative looking character who clearly knows his stuff.