Something other than Spanish food in Madrid

#ThrowbackThursday seems like the perfect excuse to post my thoughts on this place we discovered during our most recent trip to Madrid.

I know you must be thinking “why would you eat something other than Spanish food when you’re in Spain?” and don’t get me wrong, I love Spanish food with all my heart, but I think you can find good Spanish food pretty much anywhere in Madrid, so there’s no point in writing about that.

I want to share this discovery because it’s completely different from food I’ve had both in Madrid and in Manchester (and if someone reads this and thinks “I know a place!”, please share it!), so let’s begin.

My picks

I went with my mom, and even thought she’s not really adventurous when it comes to food, I let her pick 2 out of the 4 dishes we ordered, just to see what she had in mind.

We started with a Wagyu carpaccio with some teeny tiny mushrooms I don’t really know how to name in English, and a toasted onion sauce (that tastes better than it sounds).

The carpaccio was okay, but nothing out of this world. Not much different from other carpaccios I’ve had before but hey, I just wanted to please my mom!

Then I ordered a burrata for us to share.

La Gastro, Madrid

Burrata with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach

This was one of our favourite dishes from the entire trip. The burrata was so creamy and delicious, you guys have no idea of how much we enjoyed it.

My mom had never had burrata before and to this day she still asks me how to spell the name of this dish so she can message all her friends about the fantastic things I ordered for her during this trip. She’s so adorable, I love her so much!

After the burrata was gone we had some mushroom croquettes with truffle oil and a veil of bacon on top. They sound more glorious than they actually were, tbh.

Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed them, but I’m not sure I’d order them again on my next visit.

And finally, to have an epic ending, we shared an incredibly unique bao.


La Gastro, Madrid

Bao filled with candied bacon and Japanese mayo

I’m not really sure that description makes it justice but I hope you can see in the picture all the variety of textures involved in this bao.

It was filled with so much flavour and deliciousness, to this day I’m still dreaming with having something similar in Manchester (any help would be greatly appreciated!).

The candied thick-cut bacon was delicious, specially when combined with that Japanese mayo and the most delicious crispy onions. Every mouthful was just dreamy. I can’t get over how much I loved this dish.


Overall, we had an amazing experience at La Gastro, and I surely will be paying them another visit when we go back to Madrid. Their menu is really unique and they truly push the boundaries when it comes to combining flavours and textures, which is something that, to me, sets extraordinaire restaurants apart from good ones. I can’t wait to see what they’ll have to offer during our next visit!

That’s it for today. If you want to see more from our trip to Madrid, make sure to check out my Instagram. I have some pictures saved on my highlights that you might enjoy 😉 and make sure to follow me on all social networks to stay up to date with my latest foodventures. You can find me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat), Twitter (@mlovestoeat), and Facebook (@michellelovestoeat).

Don’t you dare thinking I forgot about my 4-day food guide to Manchester. I’m still working on it and I’ll be posting it here sooner than later, so make sure to come back if you want to see that!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go find something to eat, because all this food talk made me really hungry.






  1. July 29, 2018 / 8:01 am

    Ive never been to Madrid but this place sounds (and looks) amazing!
    Thank you for sharing ☺️

    • Michelle
      July 29, 2018 / 6:55 pm

      Thank you, Aimee! We truly love Madrid, such a beautiful city.

  2. July 27, 2018 / 11:49 pm

    the bao sound awesome – It sounds like you had a great time in Madrid – it’s reminded me I need to go back to Madrid (I’ve not been for over ten years) so I’ll be looking on instagram for ideas. thanks Bec

    • Michelle
      July 29, 2018 / 7:14 pm

      Yes, you definitely do! We’ve only been a couple of times but we absolutely love it.

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