People don’t eat art, never have and most likely never will. But Mitte has proposed to help us all Eat Art. This recently openly joint in the heart of Chueca has all the hallmarks of being the place to be for any distinguished foodie. This avant-garde restaurant offers traditional Spanish cuisine in its reinvented form for the 21st century’s well-travelled diners. With 4 menus to choose from, one would be hard pressed to leave Mitte uninspired. The a la carte menu served on the ground floor is complete with dishes such as quinoa salad tacos served with a fresh olive oil and herb dressing; marinated sardines with a Basque green pepper cream, olive dust and vinegar spheres then all completed with a to-die-for tomato torrija; and the unexpected yet delightful cocido madrileño gyoza complete with potato, carrot and stock mousses.
On the basement, one finds a more intimate space with only 8 tables. In this section of the restaurant, only the taster menus are served. The choices are; the Soho with 4 dishes, the Chueca with 6 dishes and the Mitte with 10 dishes. Without giving too much detail, one of the dishes on offer to degust is fresh smoked gnocci accompanied by an idiazabal cheese, truffle and herring egg sauce. All menus come with a minimum of one snack and a dessert. The prices are 20€, 30€ and 55€ respectively.
The genius behind the cuisine at Mitte is Gonzalo Calzadilla, whose career in food spans a total of some 12 years. He started off his career after his studies at the Escuela Superior de Hosteleria in Casa de Campo working as a kitchen assistant. Way back then, you would have seen him as part of the team that cooked at the weddings of some big name people from Spanish royalty. His talents were noted early on and he was offered a position as head chef in a different restaurant that his then employers were opening. From then on, he has gone from strength to strength; and most recently winning the national torrija championships 2 years in a row. Without a doubt, the menu he has developed for Mitte is outstanding in all aspects.
Having described only just a few of the things one can eat at Mitte, which are an art in themselves, we now need to understand what Iñaki and Gorka, the owners of Mitte, meant by Eat Art. You see, the restaurant is called Mitte after the Berlin district. Taking inspiration from the graffiti found in parts of this district, the owners have decorated their walls with huge and small art pieces from the renowned artists Oscar San Miguel, Rosh 333 and Keko Buenavista. The resulting art is described as urban abstract POP with vibrant colours and geometric shapes that turns the ambiance at Mitte into the cosmopolitan look and feel, so sought after by Iñaki and Gorka.
All in all, Mitte is a restaurant here to stay. You can enjoy eating at Mitte as a well-informed local or a visitor to Madrid looking to discover the history and future of Spanish cuisine. With an average price of 25€ per person on the ground floor, your tastes buds will surely thank you profusely for the culinary adventure. Be sure to go as soon as possible!
Address: Calle de las Infantas, 6
Telephone: 915 23 37 93