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Oribu Gastrobar

Oribu Gastrobar

Oribu Gastrobar

Oribu Gastrobar

Oribu Gastrobar

Address Barquillo 10; 28004 Madrid
between Infantas and San Marcos
Neighbourhood Chueca | See on map
Metro Banco de España [L2], Chueca [L5]
Telephone +34 91 524 03 17
Website http://www.oribugastrobar.com
https://www.facebook.com/oribugastrobar
Price EUR 30-40. Weekday lunch menu EUR 10.50.
Hours Mon-Sun 12-02

Fusion cuisine comes in all sorts of shapes and varieties but it’s not too complicated to understand what’s going on here at Oribu Gastrobar. ‘Oribu’ translates into ‘olive’ in Japanese and, in a similar fashion, the kitchen has nippon-ised the quintessentially Spanish, applying Japanese touches and cooking techniques.

The result? Creations such as deconstructed tortilla, fried in tempura; futomaki with chipirones a la andaluza, and gyozas with cocido madrileño stew. It’d be a recipe for disaster if you tried it at home, but here the young chef Óscar Horcajo – trained under Michelin-starred chef and tv personality Alberto Chicote – makes it work beautifully. And at lunchtime, the set menu is a bargain.

However, as their ‘Fancy Food & Cocktail Club’ subtitle spells out, it’s not all about food. The venue packs a number of different areas, be it for a group dinner or an intimate tête-à-tête, a casual bite or drinks at the bar, or a chilled-out G&T moment in a Chesterfield. Open every day from noon till late, you’ll struggle to find anything this willing and versatile, even in Chueca.

The place is also big – it’ll seat about a hundred – and, unlike e.g., Bazaar, it’s bookable online so it’s a good alternative when other restaurants in the area are full. Just be aware that soccer matches are often shown on game nights.