Tiny neighbourhood restaurants in Madrid are lead by La Chantarella, run by brothers Enrique and Alvaro Diaz. Focusing clearly on the food, and when it’s of such high quality you can easily forgive the fact that the walls are painted in rather tacky bright primary colours and the menus look like they’ve seen better days.
The judges at Madrid’s Fusion gastro-fair certainly did when they shortlisted La Chantarella for Best Newcomer award in 2002. Instead of trying to be original and wacky, the brothers stick to the robust basics, but with a magic touch that keeps the locals coming back time and time again.
Reservations are sometimes necessary up to a week in advance, although with only nine tables that’s not so surprising.