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Friday, October 17, 2014

Calle Ponzano, the Coolest Foodie Street


We are big fans of Ponzano Street, it seems that it’s becoming the coolest street for tapas and lunch. anywhere you go, you’ll get a nice surprise. Our favorites, the original Sala de Despiece, the popular Fide yummi pizzas at Picsa, and last but not least La Contraseña. Therefore, do not worry if you head to Ponzano without a reservation; any of those places will be a good choice and you can go back any time to try the rest of them.

La Contraseña: This place has great decoration that makes you feel as though you were in a tropical courtyard if you want to sit at a table or a cozy bar at the entrance for a more informal gathering. The menu is quite satisfactory and not expensive.  The service is great. It also has a gin bar, and it is possible to reserve a room for 12 people where no one will be disturbed.

I also like the fact that you can have informal tapas at the entrance in an open space, also very nicely decorated… it is a great place for meeting friends!


Sala de Despiece: One of the most precious discoveries made this year… actually I love the atmosphere. My advice is to go as early as possible, in order to get a good place as it always crowded, but once you manage to get yourself a space inside, you become the king!! No bookings can be made.

The decor brings to mind an abattoir  but without its disadvantages - it is clean, actually very cool and the presentation of their products is top quality and full of originality… it really is a place not to miss. Please ask for the solomillo cenital and speak to any of the waiters dressed in white gowns with iPads. Even though they are super busy, they always have a smile on their faces and pay attention to your requests!
Picsa: What if we could eat pizza in the Argentinian way? Let’s be original and change for once the pizzaiolo for the thick pastry and cheese in abundance… that’s what you find in Argentina, and therefore in Picsa. Again, forget about making a booking and go early. What I like about this cool place is the fact that picsas are made for sharing with friends, it makes no sense to have an individual one. Give it a try and enjoy!

Fide: All the places mentioned above are pretty cool and nicely decorated, however, Fide keeps a typical Steel “barra” and napkins on the floor, The atmosphere couldn’t be more cheerful, with customers that have been going there for ages and super seafood. For all that, Fide is a great choice for aperitivos. Nowhere to sit down but the waiters and customers will become your great friends. The lighting is as bright as a hospital, but still that’s Madrid’s bar charm… isn’t it?




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Somos muy fans de la calle Ponzano, donde parece se cuece la quintaesencia del tapeo madrileño. Además, todos sitios muy diferentes entre ellos y siempre recomendables.
Nuestros favoritos, aunque seguro que todavía nos quedan por descubrir, serían la super original Sala de despiece, el campechano Fide, pizzas en Picsa, y para concluir La Contraseña.
 Por lo que, no te preocupes si te vas a Ponzano sin reserva, en alguno de estos sitios te darán bien de comer, y volverás para descubrir el resto.. no hay prisa!

-      La Contraseña: tiene una decoración increíble que te hace sentir como si estuvieras en un patio de algún país tropical y te apetecerá muchísimo quedarte a disfrutar de unas mini vacaciones... o bien quedarte en la entrada disfrutando de unas tapas más informales. La comida es estupenda y el precio más que satisfactorio, además de un buen servicio. Descubrí que contaban con un gin bar, (por si se anima mucho el plan”) y un reservado clandestino para máximo de 12 personas…

-       Sala de Despiece: Uno de mis mejores descubrimientos, de verdad, adoro este sitio! Mi consejo es intentar ir lo antes posible, evitar la hora típica de quedada, para poder encontrar un buen sitio, porque seguramente se llenará de gente, y si consigues un buen sitio sin empujones, eres el rey! Imposible poder hacer reservas..
La decoración es genial y te adentrarás en un matadero o típico puesto de charcutería de mercado, pero con las ventajas de oler bien y ser super limpio. Realmente tiene un 10 en concepto de originalidad y encima rico! Nuestro consejo es que pidas el solomillo cenital, le damos un 10 a la presentación. Y no dejes de hablar con los camareros vestidos con bata blanca e ipad... siempre al pie del cañón para no olvidarse de ti..

Picsa: que tal si nos olvidamos del pizzaiolo y probamos pizza a la argentina? Seamos originales y cambiemos por pasta más gorda y más queso, principales diferencias con la pizza italiana,  De nuevo, olvídate de reservar y tendrás que llegar antes para poder sentarte en una de las mesas o apoyarte en la barra. Sitio perfecto para compartir con amigos, porque estas pizzas están pensadas para compartir, pruébalo y nos cuentas.

-      Fide: todos los sitios mencionados antes están decorados increíblemente y el ambiente es muy cool, sin embargo Fide, se mantiene año tras año, con su típica barra de acero, servilletas que no secan, tiradas en el suelo con palillos y demás basurillas del típico bareto castizo. Por todo eso, Fide es el sitio ideal para aperitivos, imposible sentarse pero los camareros y demás comensales se convertirán en tus aliados para pasarte las tapas y conversar. La luz eso si, es fuerte como en los hospitales, pero quien dijo que eso no forma parte del encanto de algunos bares madrileños?

6 comments :

  1. I really like your blog. I am going to Madrid with a group of friends next year and will make sure to follow your blog for insider tips. Do you have tips for a charming hotel for 4 by any chance? Many thanks in advance, Lotte

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  2. Hello Lotte! thank you for writing us, you can check the blog in the hotels side.
    thanks

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  3. It was a great luck for us finding your blog a few days before our trip to Madrid. We went to Calle Ponzano yesterday (Thursday) an were surprised finding such a street at this place not mentioned in any Madrid map we have.

    First we found Sala de Despiece an at about 21:30 a couple of people were standing outside an waiting because the Restaurant was full and full is not the right word for how it was. A woman with a waiting list noticed all names with mobile number and she really calls me after about 40 minutes. In the meantime we had a glass wine at Fide. It was quite as full as Sala des Despiece. Nice atmosphere and the seafood tapas are really good.

    Back at Sala de Despiece we got a really small place at the bar. First look at the hand written menu card shows prices between 6 an 22 Euros. First it seems to be quite expensive beaut when you compare to what you get and HOW you get it served it becomes a good deal.

    I suppose to order something to drink and still wait and have a look what the other guests order. The atmosphere is very special and a little bit crazy. Highly recommended.

    Next morning writing these lines I recognized that we also tried one more of your recommendations. Our last wine and Gin Tonic we had at La Contrasena bar. Really a nice place too.

    The bars and restaurants in this street aren't the cheapest but especially the crazy atmosphere and the fantastic food at Sala de Despieces is worth a vist!

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  5. I’ve attended a couple of corporate team building activities at this location. The food is always delicious and the service is always great. Also the view is absolutely amazing.

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