A new Asian arrives to seduce Madrid’s palate

Yum House opens its doors in the capital bringing an exotic variety of Japanese flavors

One of the defining characteristics of Madrid is its multicultural spirit and the ease with which it welcomes every nation and makes it its own. Thus, a few steps from the Plaza de España, a new Japanese restaurant has opened to surprise our palates and show the best of Asian cuisine. It is Yum House Madrid, the third restaurant of La Pagoda group, located on the first floor of the Letoh Letoh hotel, hides a subliminal menu with the best Japanese flavor.

This year, Asia has become fashionable, because after its recent reopening to the world, there are already those who are planning a getaway to the exotic continent. In Madrid, the journey can’t wait and that’s why the restaurant has set itself the goal of presenting the best of the continent through the palate. Once at Yum House, if it is our first experience in Asia, the people in charge of the place will always be the best guides.
This year, Asia has become fashionable, since after its recent reopening to the world, there are already those who are planning a getaway to the exotic continent.

In Madrid, the journey can’t wait and that’s why the restaurant has set itself the goal of presenting the best of the continent through the palate. Once in Yum House, if it is our first experience in Asia, the people in charge of the place will always be the best guides.

With the right proportions, we start the tour with the classic Vietnamese rolls or Dim-sum, prepared in the unique style of its chef. Of course, in a culinary visit to the continent, the variety of Sushi is a must order. All their pieces are marinated to the precise point of spiciness, just enough to fully immerse us in the culture. Once we are in the restaurant, a great choice of starters are the magnificent nigiris. But if it is about authenticity, the menu offers dishes such as: Chinese eggplants, duck crepes, Japanese noodles “Yaki-udo”, “sirloin Teppanyaki”, among others.

In this new experience, cocktails occupy a place of importance and it shows in the eccentricity of its bar. Therefore, before taking the tasting to another level, it is essential to try their attractive cocktails: Nikkei Sour, the Sake and the Mery or the Viva Yum. However, the recommendation is to try the “Japan to Cuba”, since it is a cocktail that tastes like Japan at first touch, but as it enters the mouth it changes to a more tropical flavor, just like Cuba.

Despite being new in the market, Yum House is already beginning to position itself as one of Madrid’s favorite destinations, because adventure and new cultural experiences rhyme with the personality of the people of Madrid.


The Arabic restaurant whom fire on Madrid

The Nômadâ restaurant shows its more adventurous and exotic side with its renewed culinary and scenic proposal that macerates to the rhythm of Afro-dance

Adventure, exoticism and a set of surreal culinary experiences are some of the sensations offered by the renewed proposal of the Nômadâ restaurant in Madrid.

Under the direction of Arnaud Keres, the restaurant, which had already positioned itself as one of the trendiest places in Madrid, has reinvented itself even more to launch a 360º staging with which it seeks to dazzle the youngest public in the capital.

From now on, Nômadâ not only offers the best of Arabic cuisine, but also provides a musical and dance show in the hands of passionate artists, who leave everything on the dance floor to turn a dinner or meal into a moment of ecstasy and good music.

It is a gastrocultural journey, which begins at sunset and extends into the night, infinite in Îstar, the club located on the first floor of the sister establishment in the same street Serrano 41, which worships Afro-house music.

The décor of the establishment is the first step to the Arabian adventure we are about to witness. Whether it is your first time or you already know a little about Arabian food, the suggestion is to let yourself be recommended by the experts, since the service is very personalized and the hosts will know how to make suggestions.

The options to share are a great idea to start a great journey through these lands, hummus, rice and vegetables prepared and fully adapted to the Mediterranean palate.

To share Nômadâ proposes options such as mutabal or Adam and Eve, vine leaves stuffed with rice with vegetables and a touch of pomegranate molasses with tzatziki. The journey through the Mediterranean has an obligatory stop at hummus, used as food for more than 7,000 years, with its four varieties: traditional, zaatar, pesto and har.

The cuisine is, in short, an exquisite cultural mix is reflected in the culinary, so it is difficult to opt for the Arab essence. Starting with this tasting of flavors, the exquisiteness of the dishes augurs a great day, if we have gone for lunch, or a long night if we have chosen a dinner.

Although the restaurant is an excellent option for a lunch or an evening meal, the dinner has a special touch, because the sound show that accompanies the weekend nights is a unique experience. In the middle of dinner, Nômadâ has real artists who are responsible for starring in a show of African drums, saber dances and a musical background of Afro-house. In short, a tribute to the cultural richness that surrounds us.

The staging continues with the traveling spirit in the cocktail bar with 20 proposals on the menu that have been carefully thought out by the house bartender. For this new display of flavors, different ingredients have been used to find the perfect balance and make each one unique. Some of these options include cocktails such as Sherezade, Norah, Palmira or Maffeo.

Since we are at the peak of the night and with the energy at its peak, at Nômadâ we can also enjoy a shisha, before entering the infinite night at Îstar.

The place is named after the Babylonian goddess of love, life and fertility and maintains that aura of mystery and spirituality that surrounds temples. It is located next to the restaurant (on the first floor) and is a hidden and exclusive temple of Afro-house. For lovers of intensity, Îstar is the ideal place to end an enigmatic dinner on a high note.

5 Latin American cuisines that are triumphing in Madrid

Crossing borders does not mean leaving your roots behind, and certainly not in your food. Latin American charm always speaks from its dishes. So in this article we will reveal which Latin American restaurants are the most recognised by Tripadvisor, the world’s leading tourism platform, which serves as a reference on our travels, since eating is a sublime duty on every trip.

Pituca Madrid

Peruvian anticuchos with corn and golden potato wedges
La Pituca Madrid is located in the traditional neighbourhood of Arguelles

In the heart of the Spanish capital, in the traditional neighbourhood of Arguelles, you will find the most acclaimed cuisine by tourists, especially those who cannot live without Peruvian cuisine. From the entrance, you can see an elegant, intimate and colourful atmosphere. Tasting delicious tagliatelle a la huancaína with grilled octopus in anticuchera sauce or a superb lomo saltado will immediately transport you to Peru.

Kausa Madrid

Dishes named “a lo pobre” at the Kausa Madrid
The atmosphere of the Kausa Madrid is cosy and formal Peruvian style.

Peru never ceases to appear in any part of the world and this cuisine amazes all its diners. Located in the Barrio de las Letras, this restaurant was born from the dream of two brothers born in Callao, Peru, who have been living in Madrid for years. Like the name, the Causa stands out in all its versions (Limeña, Prawns, Pickled). Here you can also find a variety of typical dishes such as Ají de Gallina or Arroz con Pato (rice with duck).

Cherry Pecas

Burritos are Mexican foods that leave their charm in their great variety.
In Mexico, the skull represents the happiness of the afterlife. This is evident in Cherry Pecas.

In another part of Madrid, Paseo de San Francisco leads the way to Cherry Pecas, a restaurant where Mexican burritos take over the table. Their food has been certified by Tripadvisor three years in a row. Guacamole, quesadillas, tacos, nachos and more. The menu is extensive, but it is born from the gourmet-street concept that prevails in Mexico all the time.

Casa Jaguar Madrid 

There is a wide variety of Latin American food at Casa Jaguar Madrid.
Casa Jaguar Madrid offers comfortable sofas that look splendid for the arrival of diners.

With 3 locations, this gastrobar with a Latin American soul is spreading more and more throughout the Spanish capital. It is a smaller place, but with a colossal menu. Peruvian, Venezuelan, Mexican, Brazilian and more. Their list is endless, but their cocktails steal the show, such as the Oaxacan Jaguar or the Jaguar Passion. The dish and the glass never disappoint in this house.


Quimbaya offers an elegant decoration using neutral colours that give it a special style.

There was a day in December when Colombia dawned and the news reported that a restaurant had been awarded a Michelin star, a tourist guide recognised all over the planet. That was Quimbaya, where the pleasure of changua, carimañolas and more Colombian recipes captivate customers. Located near the Calle de la Castellana, it is one of the best alternatives for the palate.

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“We do Spanish, but with a touch of everywhere.”

Chef Manuel Melcón adapts his travels to his cuisine to offer them in his “Vesta Taberna” venue.

When Manuel Melcón returned to Spain after having triumphed in the best kitchens in Europe, he decided to start his own restaurant in the rhythm of order, ecology and smiles. Therefore, northwest of Madrid, in San Lorenzo de Escorial, Manuel wakes up every day with his loyal team to delight diners with his innovative and wild cuisine in Vesta Taberna.

Signature dish – Vesta Taberna

What is the experience like inside Vesta Taberna?

Our goal is to make people happy. That’s the basis. We are all a staff of very lively people, who really like what we do. It’s a very small place, so we have to take care of every detail, like the noise. I have never been good at defining my concept because we like to talk with our cuisine.

Following your menu, is it a way to make people happy to use wild products?

Yes, we are always going to have something from the wild at Vesta Taberna. In winter it is complicated. But it is something that the diner, when he arrives and sees that the products we use are harvested by us and we have given them that love, he notices it. You can tell that they appreciate something so real, so close, the fact that the person who serves you at the table was four hours ago picking the product on the floor.

How have you designed your menu?

In spring and autumn, we focus on mushrooms and fungi from our area. Boletus with fried eggs, which come from my own chickens, are always a hit. Another dish that is always requested in the spring season is the white asparagus, which we make with hollandaise sauce fused with a white thyme from the mountains. This translates very well the philosophy that we have of human closeness and ecology with the customer.

Vesta Taberna – San Lorenzo del Escorial

What was your main motivation for opening Vesta Taberna?

It was all very casual. I was 30 years old when I opened it. I had just landed from Copenhagen, passing through France, Mexico, Canada and England. When I arrived in Spain, the job market was bad, but after working all over the world and already having an important level of knowledge in the kitchen, I decided to open my own restaurant.

I did a market study in the mountains of Madrid, where I am currently based in San Lorenzo del Escorial, and I realized that it was feasible to make a different cuisine in my town. In Vesta Taberna we do Spanish cuisine, but after being in several places, I give a touch of everything. There are dishes from French cuisine, Mexican, and some with signature cuisine.

What is the difference between working for someone else and leading your own restaurant?

A lot of things. Personally, it’s a fantastic freedom (to be an owner) and I wish it to everyone. One of these differences is the concept we follow, under the idea of slow food and slow life. We are only open 4 days a week, and that allows our team to have 3 days off. This is something I am very proud of and, as you ask me, it is a very big difference. Now I have time to organize myself the way I want, with a wonderful team and where everyone supports each other.