Hg2 : The Hedonist

Don Pelayo

One of the great places to eat in Madrid if you can find it, given that the actual restaurant itself is accessed through a door at the back of an unassuming looking bar – the type that Madrid seems to specialize in. And indeed, once you’re inside you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d stumbled upon a very run-of-the-mill restaurant, given the traditional décor – all wood panelling and dusty looking paintings on the walls.

However, this is a classic Spanish dining experience, thanks to the excellent wait staff, many of whom have worked there throughout the restaurant’s two decades of existence, and its new chef. On the menu are classics of Spanish fare all given the slightest twist, such as their potato croquettes made with cocido broth – a modern combination of two age-old dishes. Be sure to sample the glistening jamón, which will be cut from the joint by the waiter as it is ordered. Look out for the live pianist, who plays on Friday and Saturday nights bringing an extra touch of atmosphere.

C/ Alcal‡ 33,
+34 91 531 00 31
Opening Times
1.30-4pm, 8pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
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