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Celso y Manolo. Photo: Pablo Zamora

Celso y Manolo. Photo: Pablo Zamora

Celso y Manolo. Photo: Pablo Zamora

Address Libertad 1; 28004 Madrid
by Infanta
Neighbourhood Chueca | See on map
Metro Banco de España [L2], Gran Vía [L2, L5]
Telephone +34 91 531 8079
Website http://www.celsoymanolo.es
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tasca-Celso-y-Manolo/230946593761625
Price EUR 25-35
Hours Mon-Sun 13-17, 19:30-02

It’d be all too obvious if Celso y Manolo were the names of the owners of this charming tapas restaurant in Chueca. And indeed, it refers to the two brothers who ran the place for nearly a half-century before. And like the name, both interiors and menu have been updated and modernised, yet without losing their connection to the past.

Take a seat by the bar, a massive granite piece from the 50s, or one of the few tables and start ordering. Serving sizes are small so don’t hold back. You’ll find classics like croquetas and ensaladilla alongside more contemporary-sounding dishes such as vodka veal tartare, but nearly everything has been given a creative touch or modern twist. Whatever, it works.

Drinks, too, are a major reason to stop by (and the principal one later at night). While there’s a good selection of natural wines, local brews from Cervezas La Cibeles and cocktails, the house vermút – served over ice with olives and an orange slice – is the real star of the show. The place can be overcrowded on weekends, but we’ll come for this any day of the week.