It’s one of my favorite places to eat at in all of Madrid. The ceviche and the pepper chicken are amazing and are dishes you shouldn’t miss out on.
They’re included in the 15€ lunch menu. The only downfall is that you can’t reserve tables, but the restaurant is big.
Astrid & Gastón is a well-known restaurant of high-level Peruvian cuisine that has various locations in different American countries (Peru of course, Ecuador, Venezuela, etc.) and an impressive restaurant of the highest level in the heart of Madrid.
For those that haven’t had the opportunity of sampling everything the Peruvian gastronomy has to offer, Astrid & Gastón is an impressive way to start. It’s considerably expensive and only appropriate for very special occasions, or for those with deep pockets. For an economic and tasty alternative, I 100% recommend the much more modest Inti de Oro. It’s more modest in price without sacrificing the gastronomic quality.
The seafood is, without a doubt, a hit at Astrid & Gastón. I found their ceviches and tiraditos delicious (of course fairly pricey at 25€ per plate). The main course of pez mantequilla (Atlantic halibut) was extremely flavorful.
The Peruvian restaurants are very trendy in Madrid and those mixing the food of this southern American country with Asian gastronomy get the first prize.
La Gorda opens again in Madrid, in the La Latina neighborhood. It's a nice and large place, decorated with taste where to enjoy simple but well elaborated dishes and powerful cocktails. The ceviche (typical Peruvian fish dish), chili chicken, or the corn cob cake do not taste the same if you do not have it with the excellent Pisco Sour.
The place is noisy but nice, the menu is quite extensive but not huge and the wine list is correct with reasonable prices.
On Wednesdays it is Chifa's day and in La Gorda they prepare a special Chino-Peruvian quite interesting... A good excuse to go again.
El Mono de la Pila is an absolutely amazing ceviche restaurant and one of the most recent additions to the ever-increasing line-up of casual-gourmet and street-food joints popping up inside the historic Mercado de Anton Martin. The menu is extremely simple: choose your seafood (white sea bass, shrimp, or octopus) and your sauce (leche de tigre with aji, chipotle with tomatoes and tamarind, coconut with mango and avocado, or a mix of four citrus juices) and you’re good to go! You can get the ceviche by itself or served on a bed of quinoa or coconut rice, something I’d recommend getting as the sauce is absolutely delicious and you’ll want something to sop it up!
I ordered the white sea bass with coconut milk, mango, and avocado over a bed of coconut rice and it was seriously good. The owner took our order and went right into the kitchen and began chopping up all the market-fresh ingredients right before our eyes. The fish was cooked to just the right point and the coconut and mango were present but not overpowering. The sauce was, as I mentioned, incredibly tasty. I really wasn’t all that hungry but I cleaned my bowl to get every last drop!
The best part is the price. Depending on whether you get a medium or large serving (and the portions are generous), the price runs from 6-8.50 euros, a steal considering the freshness and quality of the ingredients. They also have a selection of fresh squeezed juices and combinations all using fruits bought fresh from the surrounding market. Seriously…it’s the best ceviche I’ve had in Madrid. Don’t miss it!