Bar Selva: budget luxury on Gran Via, Madrid

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You know who your best friends are when you trust them to choose where to eat.  On our last visit to Madrid, the friend in question was writer and journalist Eduardo Laporte and, boy, did he choose well.  We asked for a place that did a good menú del día, and Eduardo came up with La Selva.

Let’s cut all the hot air about emulsions and foams and matched wines.  Madrid’s Bar La Selva serves up solid plates of Spanish comfort food while the business of life of this city-centre neighbourhood is conducted between starter and main.

Tucked away on the Plaza de Mostenses, La Selva is just behind Gran Via, the artery that runs through the heart of some of Madrid’s most central neighbourhoods.  This is exactly the kind of place that gives Madrid its working-city charm; the kind of restaurant you would be hard pushed to find in the very centre of London or Paris.  From the outside you wouldn’t look twice, but trust us on this one.  And the best part?  A right-on 3-course lunch with wine for €10.

What we ate

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Menú del día for 4 people

  • 2 mixed salads
  • 2 vegetable soups
  • 2 chicken escalope
  • 2 steak and chips
  • 4 Home made desserts

Total: €40 (yes, for real)

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Service

Speedy and spot-on. Eat slowly or run the risk of wolfing down a three course lunch in 15 minutes.

 Best bits

Lots of choice on the menu del dia, and great neighbourhood atmosphere.

Not so sure

La Selva really fills up after about 2pm (the beginning of the traditional Spanish lunchtime).  Either go before 2 or after 3 if you don’t want to wait for a table.

More information 

Bar Selva

Address: Plaza de los Mostenses 7, 28015 Madrid

Tel: 0034 915 42 55 16

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