Ramón Freixa Madrid
Ramón Freixa Madrid gets its name from the uber-talented chef at its helm. Not to mention it’s notoriety. This is, after all, one of the leading lights of Madrid’s gastronomic scene. It’s rightfully garnered not one, but two Michelin stars for its complex, artful cuisine. Here, chef Ramón Freixa plays with colour and flavour, leaning on culinary traditions, while masterfully transforming them into something new. Something delicious.
Alongside the a la carte menu at Ramón Freixa Madrid, found within the Hotel Único, there are 450 wines to choose from. But don’t worry, Gil Rovira, the talented “wine marriage” consultant is available to help you navigate the options. There’s also a lunchtime tasting menu, which guides and beguiles Tuesday to Friday. You’d never guess that the experience only lasts an hour – at least you’d never guess you could sample that many flavours within such a short space of time.
Dishes here vary, according to the inspiration of the chef and the seasonal availability of ingredients. For example, during the summer there might be a “Study of a Tomato”, which is what it sounds like – an in-depth flavour exploration of one ingredient – and in the winter the focus might shift instead to truffles. Glancing about the menu, you might notice grilled red mullet with buerre noisette puff pastry, aubergine, corn puree and watercress. Or perhaps some smoked pork belly soup with Iberican squid. Maybe slices of asparagus with Catalan sausage. The chef’s Catalan heritage is, after all, a present, perfectly judged influence in the food here.
It’s in the decor as well, thanks to Catalan interior designers Alfons Tost and Damián Sánchez. Chic and elegant, the dining room plays with the vintage charm of the original townhouse. There’s a cool marble mosaic floor, and a muted shades of grey in the upholstery, which set off the crisp puddles of white tablecloth and gleaming metal-accented light fixtures. Through the windows of the restaurant’s conservatory space, meanwhile, you can see the hotel’s gardens, where Sunday brunch is served.
And it’s nothing short of a feast. There’s a heavy cheeseboard filled with everything from brie to manchego, fresh juices (tomato-basil is a winner), pearlescent strips of ruddy acorn-fed Iberian ham, salads starring quinoa, and macaroons, marshmallows, and truffles. Eggs Benedict with slinky lengths of smoked salmon and a dish simply named “The Perfect Burger”. Anywhere else we might scoff. Here, we order it without question. If Ramón Freixa Madrid says it’s perfect, it is.