Madrid’s Underground Chinese Restaurant

Strange Restaurants in Spain

Madrid’s Parking Garage Chinese Restaurant

Plaza España Parking Garage
The Plaza España Parking Garage

The next time you are craving Chinese food in Madrid, you may want to head to Plaza de España. Hidden underground on your way down to the Plaza de España parking garage, is a small Chinese restaurant & take-away counter that many Madrileños say serves the best and most authentic Chinese food in Madrid.

The Parking Garage Entrance
The Parking Garage Entrance

I don’t remember when or how I first heard about this strange parking garage Chinese restaurant, but my curiosity finally got the best of me and we headed to Plaza de España. We walked into the pedestrian entrance to the garage and were surprised to see a few other businesses in addition to the Chinese restaurant.

Madrid Underground Chinese Restaurant
Underground Businesses

The restaurant’s menu claims to serve homemade Chinese food and, as far as I could tell, it offers all the basic Chinese food staples here in Spain– noodles, friend rice, spare ribs, dumplings, etc. There were also lots of noodle based soups, but in the 90° weather (probably 95° in the stuffy parking garage!) I couldn’t imagine eating soup.

Chinese Menu
The Simple Menu

I wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing the “special menu” or something like that, so I asked our waitress if there was anything not listed on the menu. I followed her over to the display case where things like tongue and chicken feet stared me in the face. I wasn’t feeling that adventurous. But there was some Chinese eggplant on display that she also recommended sautéed with oil and garlic. I love eggplant, so I decided to try it.

 

Purple Chinese Eggplant
Delicious Chinese Eggplant

The two of us shared the eggplant, pork spare ribs, gyoza pork dumplings, and thin noodles. Within five minutes we had everything. The portions were small compared to other Chinese restaurants in Madrid, but with the four plates we had more than enough food.

Chinese Spare Ribs
Pork Spare Ribs
Gyoza Dumplings
Excellent Dumplings

Everything was good— the eggplant and dumplings were delicious, and the noodles and spare ribs were just okay. We paid 23€ for our meal and two beverages, which was a little bit more than I had expected to pay based on the reviews I’d read.

Final Bill
Not expensive, but not as cheap as I expected.

Overall, I would recommend trying Madrid’s famous underground Chinese restaurant. I didn’t have a mind-blowing experience (and I’ve tried far superior Chinese food elsewhere) but it was interesting and perhaps better than most Chinese restaurants in Madrid. Supposedly many people also order take away and eat it outside in the plaza, which sounds really nice and we would probably do that on a day that isn’t so hot!

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Have you been to Madrid’s famous underground Chinese restaurant? What did you think?

Comments

  1. I ate there one day! We did take it away and ate in the plaza. I don’t remember the exact prices, but I do remember being pleasantly surprised and paying less than I’d thought; maybe under 5 euros. Definitely recommended.

  2. I LOVE this place. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Madrid. Since leaving Madrid, I’ve often gotten intense cravings for it, but I’ll be back soon!

  3. If my amigos and I say we are hungry for Chinese, what we really mean is that we wanna eat at this place! Any excursion here includes “empanadillas chinas” as the starter, yum.

  4. You’re lucky to have an authentic Chinese restaurant. As soon as I saw the photo of the eggplant I started remembering how good it was in China. I live in a small city in Mexico and there are “Chinese” restaurants, but more of the American-fast-food style. As in no chicken feet, no eggplant, no dumplings.

    1. I guess that is true Jenny, although the majority of the Chinese restaurants here are fast food style too. The eggplant was fantastic– I’ve never tried chicken feet though!

  5. After reading this review a few months ago, I wanted to try it. My brother and I made our way there (thanks to your photos), I knew to find the stairs not the road way down. The eggplant was delicious. I wish I had asked for it. I tried the noodle salad, which was hot. Noodles was just noodles with some egg and meat and veggies just seemed to be beef and some Chinese green. Not the best Chinese food but certainly an adventure.

  6. Well, I didn’t know about this place. I love good Chinese food, so I’ll be visiting this place this Weekend for some really good Chinese food! Thanks for the tip and the photos are delicious. Sean

    1. Hi Sean! It was an interesting place– I’ve heard that there are better in the area that are not in parking garages! But definitely an experience. Let me know what you think!

  7. So nice to read about this restaurant. I discovered this place years ago when I was still living in Madrid and I loved it. Well, it’s cheap and has lovely food for the price you pay. It’s indeed situated in an odd location (underground) but sometimes this is where you can find the best places. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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