Granada is celebrated for its rolling hills, with spectacular views of the city and the tremendous Alhambra; the most generous and appetizing tapas in Spain; and people that exhibit an open and friendly spirit. Yet these charming Andalucían qualities have been adopted by one restaurant and bar here in Madrid; Casa de Granada. At this discrete rooftop restaurant, you will enjoy warm hospitality, an assortment of savory tapas, and a sunny terrace with views of red-tiled rooftops and the colorful Plaza of Tirso de Molina.
Normally frequented by locals, Casa Granada is situated on the top floor of an apartment building in Tirso de Molina. It is easy for passersby to miss, unless they cast their eyes upwards and catch a glimpse of Madrileños enjoying cold drinks on the rooftop terrace. It is well worth it to get on the wait list for the pleasant patio, where you will enjoy the warm summer sunshine, views of Tirso de Molina´s old-fashioned rose- and mustard-colored buildings, and groups of vendors selling flowers in the plaza below. At night, the lights of Madrid twinkle into the distance. The terrace fills up quickly, but the inside of the restaurant is also pleasantly Spanish and comfortable. The simple décor of the cozy interior includes light wooden tables, clay tiled floor, broad windows overlooking the terrace, and a bar hosting peanuts and other snacks. Madrileños always create a lively Spanish ambience—the space quickly fills with cheerful chatting and raucous laughter.
Beyond its sweeping views, Casa de Granada has adopted another tradition from Andalusia´s white city; incredible tapas. The menu is extensive, and while portions are generous, prices stay low. If you would like to try a variety of different Spanish tapas, then this lively restaurant is ideal with a large group of friends. Together, you can sample homemade ham croquettes, patatas bravas or alioli, fish stuffed peppers, Iberic sausage and cheese, and Spanish tortillas. Another specialty is the chopitos platter (8.20 euros). This enormous plate—perfect for trying a mixture of Spanish flavors and feeding a hungry crowd—features four types of meat, calamari, potatoes, and six diverse sauces. For a complete meal, the menu of the day is 9 euros, and includes two traditional Spanish plates, bread, wine, and dessert (served Monday-Friday; weekend menu 12 euros). To round it all out, enjoy an ice cold beer, a jug of sangria, cider, or an Andalucían tinto de verano. The staff at Casa de Granada is extremely friendly and accommodating, carrying on the tradition of Andalucían openness. So if you can´t take that trip to Granada, a bit of the white city can come to you in a uniquely Madrid manner.
Beer, wine, sangria, cider- 2.40-20 euros (glasses, jugs/bottles)
Soda and juice- 1.90-2 euros
Salads- 6.50-8.50 euros
Vegetables- 7-8.50 euros
Tapas- 3.50-13 euros
Iberic ham, sausage, and cheese- 6.50-18 euros
Meat and fish- 8-16.50 euros
Homemade desserts- 2.50-12 euros
Menu del dia (Monday-Friday)- 9 euros
Menu del dia (Saturday-Sunday)-12 euros
Specially Catered Menu- 25-50 euros per person
Calle del Doctor Cortezo 17, 6th floor Malasana
Neighborhood: Tirso de Molina
Metro: Tirso de Molina
Telephone: 914 200 825
Types: Rooftop bar, restaurant, tapas
Hours: 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday
12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday-Saturday
By Jane Caffrey
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