Strange Restaurants in Spain
Madrid’s Parking Garage Chinese Restaurant
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Have you been to Madrid’s famous underground Chinese restaurant? What did you think?