su espacio para picoteo, con mesas y sillas altas. And it is easy to fall in love with. The service is as creakily antique (note the white gloves) as the food is up to date. Dry Cosmopolitan Bar, Calle Hermosilla 2 ( ; m diaz Wichmann, le Cabrera Bar, Madrid, new-wave cocktail bars: Le Cabrera. De La Riva This genuine, lunch-only casa de comida, dating from 1932, is still going strong. Grazing opportunities are legion: San Antn is all about fine food as a delicious pastime.
Calle General Alvarez de Castro 7 ( ; m ). «Apostamos por la cocina del recuerdo, lo que se tomaba hace 50 aos en Madrid, pero con un punto personal dice Jos. New this summer was Le Cabrera's open-air terrace at Casa de Amrica arts-and-culture centre. A dish of tomatoes in various guises, from a black tomato roasted over Bourbon-barrel coals to a tiny tomato-and-octopus salad, is especially memorable. The cocktail list here is an anthology of the great and the glorious, from Manhattans to Singapore Slings. Calle de Pensamiento 28 ( ; m ).
No existe en Madrid una concentracin tabernera de alto nivel similar a la que puebla el barrio de Ibiza. Poncelet Cheese Bar, Madrid The best and buzziest gastrobars: Poncelet Cheese Bar This classy speciality shop has unveiled a concept new to Madrid: a gastrobar where the menu is entirely based on its magnificent range of more than 140 cheeses, hailing from each one. The tapas menu, including sublime croquetas, thinly sliced jamn Ibrico de Bellota, oysters, prawn fritters and the famous Lola Flores canap of anchovy and date (the best of all possible nibbles with a strong Dry Martini is also perfectly pitched. But DiverXo is exceptional. Garca has a special genius when it comes to game, offal, wild mushrooms and undervalued Spanish vegetables such as borage and cardoons. Here you'll find a display of culinary originality as breathtaking as it is mouthwatering. The restaurant (which the chef calls a bistro) is elegant and low-key, with an Art Deco, minimalist feel in the dining room and a low-lit clubbiness in the downstairs cocktail lounge. The impression is of colour and lightness and Mediterranean joie de vivre. Sin embargo, todos son conscientes de que no hay que dormirse, de que la competencia aprieta y de que la clientela est ms que curtida. The interior, designed by Pascua Ortega, is bright and beautiful in the incongruous modern style - basketwork and rustic-wood hugger-mugger, with neon signs and acid tones of pink and green. Prawns are fried 'inside out' and served with soy sauce, yusu and hot mayonnaise. Callede la Ballesta 6 ( ; m ).