For foodies, there’s nothing better than when you hear about a spot, you try it, love it, and it shoots straight to your top ten. It has been rumored that in the Mostenses market lies a Peruvian-Chinese bar which served great ethnic food from both regions and at great prices. But unlike most urban legends, Cafeteria Lilli is alive and breathing, and is the pure essence of diversity centralized in one of Madrid’s more ethnic markets. Tastes, smells, spices, seafood, rabbits hanging from the ceiling, Brazilian empanadas, vegetables and tropical fruit are just some of the things that will draw your attention to Cafeteria Lili.
Lili arrived in Madrid twelve years ago, and six years ago opened this cafe with her husband, Zhou Xiao Olaus, who, despite the tiny kitchen, handles it like a pro. In the metal bar and the mini room, Xiao Lili serves one of the of the best ceviches for the modest price of 8.50 €. Tamales stuffed with meat and black olives, tasty chicharrones, one of her most requested Chicken Aji (spicy chicken), Wonton soup, “Airport” which is half sautéed beef fried rice (Chaofan) and half noodles with vegetables and chicken, as well as Caucau tripe with potatoes and peas. Grab a Peruvian Cusco cold beer to wash it down. On the menus there are pictures of everything, so you know what you’re gonna get. Executives, passer-bys, merchants, neighbors and delivery people gather here all day to fill their bellies, you should too.
Average price: 10 – 15 euros
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 20:00 h.
Text: Paula Cell
Photos: Marcos Ortiz
Translation: Brett Piron