If you find yourself strolling through Salamanca, Madrid’s most fashionable barrio, spare an hour or two to spend in OTTO Madrid. At once a lounge, terrace, bar and restaurant, OTTO Madrid is a chic place to refuel in between the mansion-spotting, shopping in designer boutiques and cultural outings to the Spanish National Library and the Museo Lázaro Galdiano that Salamanca provides.
The Tomás Alía-designed interiors are cosmopolitan and refined, blending contemporary light fixtures, bold art pieces and, in the case of the library area at least, books. Diners in the restaurant can enjoy a Mediterranean-inspired menu, which includes cold and hot tapas-style starters and a selection of pasta, fish and meat dishes. And the bar is perennially popular with locals keen on an after-work libation, which isn’t surprising when you see the bar’s menu of drinks and snacks. Think: marinated sardines on toasted focaccia and juicy slices of acorn-fed, rose pink Iberian ham, with stiff G&Ts and flutes of Cava and Champagne.
But it’s the al fresco terrace, under the shade of leafy trees, that’s the real draw. Open from lunch until the early hours, the terrace has its own food menu, which introduces more Asian influences into its dishes, like chicken gyoza dumplings and tuna tartare with wakame seaweed. And as many of the plates are designed to be shared, this is a great spot to while away time in the sunshine with friends; especially if you’ve got an OTTO Negroni in hand.