One Spanish gastronome hit the nail on the head when he called Sandó the ready-to-wear version of famed chef Juan Mari Arzak’s high-cuisine couture in San Sebastián. Of course, the off-the-rack version won’t have the hand-stitching or the luxuriant fabric of the runway piece, but it has the style and panache. The dishes at Sandó represent some of the classics that Juan Mari and daughter Elena created in their “laboratory” at Arzak. In classic Arzak style, they marry two seemingly incompatible flavors with great success, like white anchovies and sweet strawberries. One thing is certain: You can eat a tasting menu here for about a quarter the price of Arzak, and it will still include inventive plates like foie gras ravioli with melon and spinach vinaigrette, or roasted monkfish and chorizo with a vegetable sauce sweetened with honey. If you consider yourself a foodie (or even if you don’t), Sandó is a treat you should not miss. “Arzak Instruction” (the family company) also runs the bar here at the renovated Hotel Santo Domingo. Try a lunch of two inventive tapas plates and a beer for as little as 10€.
Restaurante Sandó by Arzak Instruction
In Hotel Santo Domingo, Calle Isabel la Católica, 2–4
Our Rating Neighborhood Opera and Palacio Real Hours Restaurant Tues–Sun 1–4pm; Tues–Thurs 8–11pm; Fri–Sat 8pm–midnight. Bar Mon–Thurs 10:30am–11pm; Fri–Sat 10:30am–midnight Transportation Metro: Santo Domingo Phone 91-547-99-11 Prices Main dishes 21€–28€ Cuisine Type Spanish Web site Restaurante Sandó by Arzak Instruction Other Closed Aug
MapIn Hotel Santo Domingo, Calle Isabel la Católica, 2–4 Madrid
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