Hidden off the beaten track, on a quiet side street of Alonso Martínez, you will find one of those rare treasures that even the Goonies would be going crazy for. La Vaquería Suiza (The Swiss Dairy) is simple in décor, with high ceilings, white wood and comfortable furniture. The atmosphere inside is generally pretty relaxed. Weekday evenings it is perfect for an after-work drink or to catch up with friends. During lunchtime it can get a little crowded so to avoid fighting for your food I suggest arriving before 14:00 p.m. to ensure getting a table. In the evenings it’s not a problem to dine without a reservation but if there’s a group of you going on a Friday or Saturday then ring ahead first just to make sure. The staff are relentlessly friendly and helpful, and during the quieter times they’re more than happy to chat. In a city not known for its servicio al cliente, this is one place that will put a smile on your face with the service they give.
On the menu you’ll find a variety of dishes and there appears to be no apparent ‘theme’, but that’s fine by me because I’ve tried nearly everything on the menu and liked it all. The quality and size of the portions are pretty decent and for me there are 2 particular stars on the menu. The first being the hummus, which is a great sharing dish and is absolutely delicious (especially if you’re a garlic fan like I am). Coming from a nation of hummus lovers, I’ve had my fair share of garbanzo experiences and La Vaquería Suiza is up there near the top of my list. The other culinary treat comes in the form of the mushroom crepes that are a delight for any fungophiles out there – scrumptastic! Also not to be ignored are the range of salads on offer for those of you wanting a lighter and healthier option. If you often find it hard to agree on a place for you and a group of friends then make your way to La Vaquería because the menu is varied enough to sort you all out with a happy belly.
Hours: Mon-Sat 09:00 a.m.-00:00 a.m. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Metro: Alonso Martínez
La Vaquería Suiza
Calle de Blanca de Navarra, 8
28010 Madrid, España
Tel: 913 106 242
By Tom Burgess