Chef Carlos Del Portillo, who trained at the restaurants of the Ritz and Velázquez 128, has opened his own restaurant, Bistronómika, in the famous district of Las Letras.
Although it is not a seafood restaurant per se, the chef does have a particular fondness for such delicacies, preparing wild fish and seafood imported from Galicia, Asturias, Cadiz, and the Canary Islands. Tasty fish such as sargo, brill, tub gurnard, ballan wrasse, rubberlip grunt, red-banded sea bream, or northern red snapper, which he prepares with a Japanese twist, combining sweet, savoury, and acidic flavours. The star dishes include Atlantic horse mackerel with tomato, red onion, ginger and lime, wild grouper with scallions, radishes, thistle and sweet potato, and ‘bao-wich’ of prime rib and mushrooms. There is also a perfect selection of wines and beers to pair with the food, made mostly in Madrid.
The restaurant is cosy and inviting, with wood-panelled walls, ingenious lamps with seafaring motifs, table legs made from chains, a small interior courtyard with colourful flowers, and an open kitchen, so that diners can watch Carlos del Portillo and his colleague Charlie Castellanos as they rustle up their culinary delights, a team that works in perfect harmony and coordination.