Beyond their appetizing menu, Café de Oriente is unique for other reasons: it is located in the vaulted basement of the former San Gil convent, a 17th-century building whose quarters serve as this restaurant's dining rooms. At Café de Oriente one can savour elaborate creative cuisine dishes in a candle-lit atmosphere while enjoying their attractive views, since it stands opposite the Royal Palace and the square after which it is named. And there is also much to see underneath it, namely under the Aljibe room, where a transparent floor showcases the former wall of Madrid.
Roberto del Moral is the creator of a menu featuring an avant-garde cuisine still respectful of traditions and determined by seasonal produce. Some of their proposals include the duck liver terrine au natural, the sautéed shrimp with fresh pasta, the glazed veal jaw with its sweetbreads or the apple pie with badian ice-cream, one of the delicacies their confectioners offer every day. It is worth noting that the terrace stays open in winter, with heaters and individual blankets to enjoy this season of the year well protected from the cold.