VI COOL BY SERGI AROLA
|Address||Huertas 12; 28012 Madrid
by Principe behind Plaza de Santa Ana
|Neighbourhood||Huertas | See on map|
|Metro||Anton Martin , Sevilla [L2]|
|Telephone||+34 91 429 4913|
|Price||Lunch EUR 15-25. Dinner EUR 30-40|
|Hours||Mon-Sun 13:30-01 (Fri-Sat until 02)|
Sergi Arola may be best known for the Michelin stars won at his self-named restaurant, but he’s also been serving more affordable fare at Vi Roses, in a small town on the Costa Brava, for the past five years. Now, perhaps thanks to tightening wallets and recession rumblings, the celebrity chef has brought this more casual offering to Madrid with Vi Cool.
Split over two levels and decked out in a rustic, recycled style similar to the establishment in Roses, there’s a bar downstairs and dining room above. The star attractions here are the gourmet burgers and traditional cocas, Spanish bread made with organic flour before being cooked in a coal-fired oven, with smoked tuna, roasted vegetables, quail eggs and more on top.
Cool, perhaps, but what about the Vi? The wine list boasts over thirty local and international bottles, with a blackboard chock full of cocktails if grapes don’t take your fancy – the Piña Colada is already a local favourite. Go with a group and try the 14 euro lunch, a taster of all of the best things on the menu to share at a fantastic price.