Some right next to the street (but with air conditioning), others with the best sights of the city, but all with good and refreshing cocktails and food.
The authenticity and the good food can be enjoyed upon reservation for the terrace (and restaurant) which is the most requested during the summer. Jorge Llovet, the founder of this Ramses Madrid restaurant, arrived at the Plaza de la Independencia through an interior that breathes folklore at all sides as well as a terrace to disconnect from the hectic city and views of the door of Alcalá. Presented like a cósmica-cañí tavern, the gastronomic proposal offers a new authentic place. Take a good look at the menu: croquetas cremosas de cocido, the gazpacho Andaluz, veal meatballs, and a tortilla de patatas, made in the restaurant at the moment of ordering, are a few of the many options the chef has to offer.
Average Price: 25- 30 €
Picalagartos Sky Bar
For more than a year, the Gran Via Madrid has counted on one of the most impressive spaces of the city center: Picalgartos Sky Bar. Situated on the ninth floor of NH Collection Gran Via, the terrace is an authentic oasis to touch the sky, with 360-degree views of the city as well as enjoying the gastronomy that Manuel Berganza, the new executive chef of the Azotea Group, has to offer. This is a restaurant based on tapas and reinterpreted traditional dishes, of which the Tortilla guisada with boletus and carpaccio, the Torreznos crujientes with trincha, refried with chili and garlic, the Croquetas de jamón or the Porra de bacalao garnished with aioli. All of these plates are made to combine with the fresh cocktail menu by Bangladeshi Joel Jamal, who has kept Spanish products in mind and has created combinations that include fine and the odorous, among others.
Average Price: 30 €
If you are looking for a place to disconnect with the best sunset in Madrid this summer then this is your spot. Not just the views but the food and cocktails in the center of the city will also blow you away. The decorations are like a colonial patio, counting on a good assortment of choices on the menu with South American influences where grilled meats like la Picanha de res a la brasa braised with pineapple are a must along with arepas. Out of the many other options, plates that stand out are the chicken estilo tinga poblana, guacamole, bacon crujiente and plátano and guacamole with pico de gallo and cheese. Specials include desserts, elaborated artisanal style. Essentials on the menu also include the Tequeños of Nutella with a caramel base, an authentic explosion of flavor, and the Tarta de Guinness with carrots, cheese, and jelly.
Calle Montera, 10-12. Azotea.
Average Price: 30 €
With three years of working and a decoration that honors the cafes from the XX century and the gastronomic concept centered around the product of the season, Narciso has become one of the best places in the Chamberi neighborhood. This is all thanks to the perfect combination of good cooking, a classic cocktail bar, perfect decoration, and a terrace to enjoy good times as well as wasting Chef Mario Valles’ menu. This concept is much more casual than it’s predecessor, the restaurant Hortensio, of which they made plates like the Huevo Mollet with green peas and broccoli, the Vitello Tonatto and capers, the tomato and burrata salad as well as the grilled red tuna over the quinoa salad. Along with these savory food options, the desserts are a homage to the Colombian chef with the Merengon with almonds bathed in English cream, but also the other classic and equally tempting desserts like the French Apple Tatin.
Average Price: 40- 50 €
Raimunda is a suitable place for anyone who wants to combat the heat this summer. Full of vegetation and situated in the Palacio de Linares (commonly known as Casa America), the restaurant is divided into three zones: the interior, the bar for drinks and the terrace. There, under umbrellas and through the trees, you will forget that you are right in the center of Madrid. You will then be seduced by the cocktails and food that will fit your sensations of well-being. Do not let yourself not try the Tomys cocktail margarita or the criollo Mojito; they are refreshing and combine perfectly with the Patatas hojaldradas with salsa brava, the Tartar de bonito pickled with avocado and Tacos of Chamorro with a grilled pork base, Pico de Gallo and cilantro.
Average price: 25-35 €
Asis and Ingrid worked in the world of hostelry when one day they decided to return to their native home and open a restaurant that offered an open kitchen all day that you remember from infancy and living with your parents. With this, they counted on chef Carlos Fernandez Miranda, the third partner, who elaborated a menu with influence from North America, Latin America, and Asia. Among those that stand out, the Short Black Angus Ribs, the Cuban sandwich, and the Tequeños de Pancetta are all good options. Out of the desserts, the essentials are the lemon pie with meringue and the American-styled chocolate brownie. The best of Midtown though is not the food, it is the terrace, circled with palms, is a place where you would want to stay seated, heat or no heat.
Average price: 20 €
Situated in the top floor of the Centro Comercial Bahia Center, in the Barajas district, Babel Terraza invites people to enjoy the summer in this distinct environment, from formal in the inside of the restaurant to casual in the zone chill out in the low seats where you can taste a variety of food combinations. The gastronomic proposal is a trip around the five continents, thanks to the multicultural cuisine the Venezuelan chef, Laurence Orozco has to offer. A few of his recipes include torreznos Castellano cooked at a low temperature with a touch of spicy, the black arepitas with huancaína salsa and the takoyaki de oreja with salsa brava.
Average price: 20-25 €
Text: Ana María Clemente
Photography: given by the restaurants