Ojalá – the best kept secret lunch in Madrid?

Eating out & Madrid Restaurants, Great Lunch, Malasaña

by Faye Davies

Ojala restaurant, Madrid

In bygone centuries I would have been sainted for my altruism, because I’m going to let you into one of Madrid’s best culinary secrets: the menu del día at Ojalá. The restaurant itself (along with its sisters in La Latina and upper Malasaña) is well known for its innovative tapas; but the lunch menu is in a different league.

Starters tend to take the form of a soup or salad. Among the latter, I’ve been most impressed by pistachio with goat’s cheese, and smoked duck with orange. They also vary their leaves (rocket, fennel – even cactus) – a rare thing in this city.

Main dishes are equally exotic. The fish is usually an excellent choice – the other day I was more than satisfied with my mackerel with yellow curry sauce. But I’ve also had fantastic buey (ox) steak – and if you should ever catch the magret de canard, don’t even look at the other option.

Puddings are a bit more of a gamble. Luminous minty pears might be straining the boundaries of creative cooking – and whoever deemed a ‘prepared orange’ to be on a par with cheesecake? If in doubt, go for the profiteroles.

Menu available Mon – Fri, 1:30 – 4pm.
Metro: Tribunal/Noviciado. Tel: 91 523 2747. Calle San Andrés, 1. See map below:

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Comment from PattyN
Date: October 30, 2007, 12:06 am

I’m going to be in Madrid in a few weeks. Will definitely try to stop here for one lunch. Thanks for including all the maps with your posts, its very convenient.

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Date: November 20, 2007, 11:14 am

[...] Eating: Tasty modern tapas can be gorged at a decent price at Ojalá; but the barrio also boasts some fine international restaurants, such as La Granja de Said (Moroccan; C/ San Andrés 11), La Catrina (Mexican; C/ Corredera Alta de San Pablo 13), Xin (Asian), and Palermo Viejo (Argentinean; C/ San Joaquín 5). [...]

Comment from PattyN
Date: November 30, 2007, 2:10 am

Had a lovely lunch here on Monday. Cream of Mushroom Soup, a seared tuna with Asian noodles were both very tasty.