Chuka Ramen

This place is one of the TOP restaurants in Madrid.

After listening to an episode on the TAPAS magazine podcast and finding out that american John Husby (one of the founders of Chuka) had worked in Momofuku alongside David Chang, I was dying to eat at Chuka Ramen Bar.

As I said in previous posts, my ramen obsession began with watching The Mind of a Chef season one, I have been actively trying to make and or find the perfect bowl of ramen. I have found it at Chuka.

Chuka Ramen Bar is a version of “chuka” cuisine. Japanese style Chinese dishes.

Their menu is short and simple consisting of bao buns, gyozas, ramens and other things that are in season. We tried something of each.

First the tatiki de vaca. Amazing.

Next the bao bun de cangrejo de concha blanda. So good I ate it before I had the chance to take a picture. Bao buns are super popular in Madrid right now and I can understand why. This one was so interesting because it was literally the whole crab fried. At first we didn’t know how to approach it but were surprised to find that we loved it.

Gyozas de pollo y ajo negro. Beautiful and delicious. Can’t wait to try and replicate this one.

Finally the tori paitan ramen. So full in flavor. The broth was incredible. I’m craving it again and can’t wait to go back for more.

I don’t even have words to describe how great the food was here. I’m so excited to tell everyone about it and to go back as soon as possible. Just be sure to make a reservation ahead of time. It is usually fully booked and can be tough to get a table on the weekend.

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La Cevicuchería

The first time I tried Peruvian food was with my Spanish family. It was two summers ago as a send off dinner for cousin Maria, right before her journey to Lima to visit her brother and study for a few months. We had a big dinner an the outdoor terrace with all of the cousins at a Peruvian place near the Royal Palace.This is where I first learned about Ceviches, Causas and Anticuchos.

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Later, while on a walk in the barrio, Josemi pointed out a little Peruvian restaurant in our neighborhood. La Cevicuchería.

Now that I have tried their ceviche I won’t eat it anywhere else unless I find myself in Peru. Josemi and I always decide at the last minute to try and grab a table here, which is almost impossible. With only ten tables inside and a few spots at the bar a reservation is key. This Sunday we decided to try out our luck and somehow we got in!

Because the first time we ate here everything was amazing, it’s hard for us to order new things each time we go but we try our best.

This time we started with Papa a la Huancaína, potatoes in a creamy sauce made of cheese, aji amarillo and milk. Followed by a new starter for us of calamari and an olive tartar sauce. Then we had our usual Ceviche Clásico and De Carritillera, grilled beef heart. The meat was cooked to perfection and served with white rice and the Huancaín sauce.

This place also does a great Pisco Sour and is the perfect spot for sharing a few plates. Try more things. Obsessed.

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Ojo: Apparently the chef has been working on a new menu with innovative “fusion type” dishes that will be coming out very soon. Check it out.

La Cevicuchería

Calle Téllez 20, Madrid

Open Tuesday-Sunday

Celso y Manolo

Like Aziz Asnari talks about millennials in his book “Modern Romance,” I have a fear of eating in restaurants that are not the absolute BEST. Before choosing a restaurant to eat at I obsessively search the web, ask friends opinions and read reviews and blogposts to find the perfect place to spend my time and money.

Josemi is not like this. He loves the romantic idea of stumbling into a restaurant that “looks good” from the street and taking a chance. I like this idea as well but it rarely works out to be amazing.

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CELSO Y MANOLO changed everything. This is one that we stumbled upon and fell in love. While walking by, this place immediately caught our eye. We decided to go inside just for a small beer at the bar. The space is beautiful. A classic Spanish bar and floors but decorated in a modern rustic way. So simple and sophisticated. Casual yet elegant.

After looking at the menu, although we weren’t hungry, we couldn’t resist ordering something. We decided on the Chuletón de Tomate de Huesca con 6 Cosas Ricas. It did not disappoint. This was a large heirloom tomato steak topped with avocado, papaya, mango, red onion, cilantro and topped with a Siurana eco oil. I was surprised with how much flavor a dish like this could have. We couldn’t stop soaking up the oil on the plate with the delicious fresh bread.

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We have to return soon to try everything else on the menu. This place is perfect for a date night or just to grab a drink with a friend. This plaace is like my Spanish restaurant soulmate. Muy TOP.

Celso y Manolo

Calle Libertad 1

Hours: Every day 1pm-5pm and 7:30-2am