La Finca de Susana
Actually part of the chain of restaurants in Madrid, La Finca de Susana team have nonetheless hit on a winning formula. The rock-bottom prices, speedy service and elegant surroundings – combined with the fact that you can’t book La Finca de Susana in advance – mean that a queue forms at the door for those who deign to turn up later than 2pm.
The lunchtime menu – which includes a starter, main course, dessert, coffee and a drink – comes in at just €8.95, meaning the clientele ranges from smart businessmen and wealthy tourists, to scrimping students and smartly dressed pensioners. The quick turnover and rapid-fire service, courtesy of the team of highly efficient, mostly Filipino, staff, mean that the place is always rammed and enjoys a bustling atmosphere. For more of the same, there are several sister restaurants, such as La Gloria de Montera (C/ Caballero de Gracia 10), but this branch remains the firm favourite, thanks to the location, the light from the large bay windows and the sheer buzz of the place.