Madrid’s most romantic restaurants for San Valentine’s Day

Top 3  places to celebrate February 14

1. Landmark

This landmark restaurant, which opened in 1839, is credited with having introduced French haute cuisine into the culinary wilderness of Madrid. Founder Emile Lhardy is said to have been enticed to the city by none other than ‘Carmen’ author Prosper Mérimée, who told him there was no decent restaurant in the Spanish capital. These days it’s rated as much for its history and belle-époque decor as for the expensive food. The menu is as Frenchified as ever, although there’s also a very refined ‘cocido’ stew, good game and ‘callos’ (tripe), in addition to an excellent, if pricey, wine list.


2. Viridiana

Viridiana is synonymous with Abraham García and 30 years of excellence and good food. This renowned chef turns his traditional raw materials into a cross-cultural journey that changes the perspective of all who dine here. Using excellent execution and outstanding products, this cinema-loving chef deserves an Oscar for his lifelong contribution to the culinary arts.


3. Krachai

Managed by Hispano-Thai Natalia Jumnaklap, this restaurant offers a reliable introduction to the cuisine of those climes. If you’re a newcomer to Thai food, try the tasting menu and choose the level of spice you prefer. Try to get a table in the dining room near the street (close to the window).