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En el corazón de la capital, en medio de tascas ‘busca-turistas’, se abre paso un coqueto local en el que además de comer bien, se viaja por Europa, Asia y América. Porque en la carta de Esencia al Cuadrado hay espacio para platos de inspiración italiana, recetas asiáticas, latinoamericanas o de Oriente Próximo. Sus elaboraciones presentan fusiones que uno no se espera, pero con las que siempre aciertan, sobre todo, en el apartado de las brasas donde les gusta lucirse (no te decepcionará ninguna de sus combinaciones). Uno de los secretos mejor guardados de esta casa son sus torreznos a baja temperatura: tiernos, crujientes y, perfectamente, desgrasados. Mmmm…

Insider tip
No te vayas sin probar el entreverado de cerdo con salsa sukiyaki, cebolla crujiente y cayenna hilada porque es un escándalo.

Restaurant menu

Chef's recommendations

Average price €35 Special request
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Scores & Reviews

9.1/10
Excellent
based on 446 reviews
  1. Bea V.
    • 21 reviews
    9.5/10

    We had a fantastic lunch in this clean and beautifull restaurant. The food was fantastic. A grilled octopus (very ‘smooth’), a great ravioli, very good salmon, and bacelau. A bottle of riesling. Everything was perfect. The excellent service of Billy made our lunch a joy. We come back.

  2. Javier P.
    • 25 reviews
    10/10

    Me sorprendió muy gratamente

  3. Carolina s.
    • 5 reviews
    10/10

    Top

  4. Emma C.
    • one review
    8/10

    We had a lovely evening here with caring service and nice wine. The atmosphere here is really nice. One big letdown: the grilled octopus had been on the BBQ for forever and tasted like it. The other stuff (scallops, pakora, shrimp) was great; so just one blemish on an otherwise great dinner.

  5. James B.
    • one review
    10/10

    Excellent staff and amazing food.

  6. Sara J.
    • one review
    10/10

    Excelente!

  7. Julia R.
    • one review
    9/10

    Great food, and great staff. We came early right at opening. We were the first to be seated and were treated with the utmost kindness. My mom is gluten free and they were very accommodating with her allergies and worked around them which was really nice. The food and drinks were spectacular, everything from the appetizers to the dessert. Would definitely come again. Visited with my parents and 22-year-old sister, was a great environment for us

  8. Sofia d.
    • 5 reviews
    10/10

    Espectacular

  9. Francisco a.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Atención muy buena y comida calidad precio muy bien

  10. WILLIAM B.
    • 36 reviews
    10/10

    Muy bien

  11. Davide G.
    • 13 reviews
    9.5/10

    Loved the food, sea urchin and octopus especially. Staff friendly and prepared, wine suggestions highly appreciated and well thought. Quiet atmosphere and nicely decorated, would certainly go back.

  12. Tina H.
    • one review
    10/10

    Very nice service, food and atmosphere.

  13. Eva O.
    • one review
    6/10

    The service was very attentive and pleasant, the best part of the experience. The decor of the restaurant was better in front , but we were directed to the back, as the staff said that then we would be less disturbed by the large groups that they were expecting. Unfortunately the back of the restaurant was not very impressive. The menu looked interesting, but the tastes were not quite to my liking. The sea urchin and the tartar de gambon and gamaron tasted very similar to me and it was too much of the same thing. It might have been just my bad choices :) When the waitress noticed that I had only tasted my tartar and had left most of it on my plate, then she very kindly offered to get me something else, but I wasn't that hungry. The lamb that my husband had, was good.

  14. Arthur L.
    • 5 reviews
    10/10

    Wonderful service. Wine list is varied and very very reasonably priced. The food is excellent. Clearly fusion and modern, nicely plated with care. Mixed crowd. Seems like a good meeting place for millennials as well reflecting the menu. But as one reviewer put it, this is a gem.

  15. Vanessa W.
    • 2 reviews
    9/10

    The brownie was amazing!!

  16. Steve T.
    • 6 reviews
    10/10

    Go now. This was the best meal of our two week trip, and we went to some fantastic restaurants. The restaurant is beautiful and they make you feel at home as soon as you walk in. The service is friendly, attentive, and passionate. And the food is sublime. Freshest ingredients, incredible flavor combinations. The seafood tasted like they had just been caught. From the scallop in ahí pepper/yuzu sauce, to the baked uní (what did they do to make this?), to the shrimp/prawn ceviche in ultra-reduced bouillabaisse sauce. Or the incredible beef croquettes or souls vise Lam shanks that were perfect. This restaurant isn’t on everyone’s must do list yet, but it will be soon. It should be on yours.

  17. Manuel P.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Todo genial! Totalmente recomendable.

  18. Lea S.
    • one review
    10/10

    Absolutely loved everything about the restaurant. Incredible service and lovely staff. And amazing food and wine. A great find.

  19. Alberto P.
    • 8 reviews
    10/10

    Para volver

  20. María L.
    • one review
    10/10

    Comida y trato exquisitos.

TheFork offers

-50% off the "à la carte" menu!

Set menus and drinks not included. Available on the booked timeslot.

-50% off the "à la carte" menu!

Set menus and drinks not included. Available on the booked timeslot.

-30% off the "à la carte" menu!

Set menus and drinks not included. Available on the booked timeslot.

-30% off the "à la carte" menu!

Set menus and drinks not included. Available on the booked timeslot.

Practical information

Opening time

Comida: de 13:00 a 15:30 (todos los días)

Cena: de 20:00 a 23:00 (excepto lunes, martes y domingo)

How to get to the restaurant

Travesía Trujillos, 2, 28013, Madrid, Spain

Public transport

Metro Callao (L3, L5) , Ópera (L2, L5), Sol (L1, L2, L3)

Directions to get there

Parking de las Descalzas, Parking del Palacio Real

Callao, City center, Opera, Sol, Teatro Real

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Restaurant can be privatized (80 people max)

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