Have an American-style breakfast in Madrid
It is noon on a typical Sunday, the night before ended in the small hours of the morning and your body is craving for both sweet and savoury. Too early for lunch and too late for breakfast, it´s time for brunch. It is already an institution in cities such as London, Paris or New York and the latest trend in Madrid. Here are some venues where you can indulge in this late breakfast.
So many people get up late on weekends or holidays after having gone out the night before, completely missing breakfast but not late enough for lunch. In the US they solved this problem without skipping one of the most important meals of the day: breakfast. They called it brunch, joining breakfast and lunch, and managed to respect the most significant dishes in both meals.
There are several theories about the origins of brunch. Some say the idea sparked in the late 19th century in New York where people would get over weekend hangovers by eating highly-caloric food. Other theories claim it was invented by US farmers who, tired after working all weekend, would replenish their strength on Sundays and would save time in the kitchen by combining both meals. Both theories are acceptable, but only the first one would explain why Bloody Mary is one of the essential items on the New York menu.
This delicious custom is attracting more and more followers in our country and in Madrid there are lots of restaurants where this service is offered on Sundays and holidays.
The InterContinental Hotel opens its doors on Sundays from 1.30pm to 4pm to lovers of the most exquisite cuisine. Offering a spectacular feast, that includes everything from special Easter Vigil Soup to the most creative microsalads, it will delight the taste buds of even the most discerning palates. Their meal will be accompanied by a live classical music recital and diners who are brought their children with them can let them join the other kids and a children's entertainer from 2.30pm.
And having fun is one of the main reasons for tucking into a brunch - any time from morning to early afternoon. At the Madrid InterContinental Hotel, diners can watch as exotic dishes such as sushi and tartar are prepared. The magic of brunch does not end here, since the hotel also organises theme buffets: Galicean, seafood, Mother's Day, Christmas etc.
On the ground floor of one of Madrid's most modern and avant-garde hotels, the Urban, there is cocktail bar, where glass and funky, soul, pop and disco music are the main stars. On Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm they serve a light, different and fun brunch with a buffet of cold dishes, both sweet and savoury, plus a hot dish one can pick from their succulent and varied menu. They also offer coffee, a selection of teas and innovative natural cocktails. For just a little more, the guests can indulge in oysters with champagne. A genuine treat.
Since 1987, every Sunday, between 1.30 and 3.30 pm, Goya restaurant at the Ritz Hotel offer their famous Sunday Brunch, which is a generous buffet including seafood, hearty soups, and a wide range of culinary options, ranging from Japanese sushi to the best Spanish cured meats.
When the weather gets better, this abundant breakfast can be enjoyed in the terrace, a space which still has a Belle Epoque feel to it. The perfectly arranged tables and the wait staff, both attentive and solicitous, create the perfect relaxed and tasteful atmosphere. Furthermore, there is a special menu for the little ones.
This brunch pioneer in Spain, open on Sundays and public holidays from 1.30pm to 6pm, is a favourite spot among young people. Its set-price buffet has a mouth-watering selection of first courses including cold and hot soups such as cream of green asparagus, pumpkin, beetroot, and even cocido (chick pea stew) in the winter, and appetisers like Spanish tortilla, croquetas or Gernika peppers. Afterwards, you can choose from six varieties of salad -most notably the El Hispano salad- and continue with a cold dish of meat, like roast beef or turkey breast, and a hot fish dish, such as a hake medallion or monkfish and tuna pudding. The desserts are also scrumptious: apple and chocolate cake, tocinillo de cielo (made with egg yolks and sugar) or cream fritters.
For many years they have been offering a delicious brunch featuring more than 50 dishes, including many miniature bites to snack on, all sorts of cold cuts and cheeses, both Spanish and imported, salads, meats, fish, seafood, fresh fruit and a wide range of breads. Furthermore, their buffet includes all sorts of drinks such as freshly-squeezed juices, teas, wines, cavas and, of course, the stellar cocktail at this hour: the Bloody Mary.
So far, everything is more or less normal. But brunch at the Palace is special for two particular reasons. The first one is that it has become an Operatic Brunch, which means that one can have breakfast while enjoying the performance of a soprano and a tenor, accompanied by a grand piano, interpreting excerpts of La Bohème, El barberillo de Lavapiés or Rigoletto.
Secondly, if one comes with their children, they get a 50% discount on them and they can have a great time at the children's area, watching a movie or participating in any of the activities led by the counsellor. This is a must for music lovers and parents who want to enjoy a peaceful breakfast.
A cosmopolitan and relaxed restaurant, with a clear New York influence, located opposite Teatro Maravillas, in the Malasaña neighbourhood. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 12.30 pm to 5.30 pm, you can read national and international press and savour typical breakfast dishes -natural fruit juices and milkshakes, coffees and teas, yoghurts, a selection of rolls, croissants and buns with butter and jam, plum cakes and muffins- combined with some delicacies from their daring cuisine, such as the eggs Benedict or the smoked salmon with bagels and cream cheese, hard-boiled eggs and pickles.
This modern restaurant, with a Japanese-inspired decor, offers brunch on Sundays and holidays from 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm. Start your day lying on a comfy tatami with live music by the best DJs of the moment and enjoying some muesli, zucchini pudding, toasts with Iberian ham and tomato or an assortment of cheeses with fig followed by diced swordfish sautéed with young garlic and Piquillo peppers or pork loin skewers, all of which will make this one an unforgettable day.
Reload your batteries with a Sunday brunch at Café Oliver. From 11.30 am to 3.30 pm you can enjoy a complete breakfast with coffee, tea or chocolate, fresh juice, home-made pastries and toast with butter and jam. Then, you can choose from three types of eggs: fried with bacon, Benedict or omelette with herbs and cheese. Amongst their stellar dishes you will find the tropical salad and their pancakes with maple syrup, which is definitely an option that will satisfy those with a sweet tooth.
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