Sushi in Madrid (and/or Barcelona)
Hi we're travelling for a few weeks in Madrid and (shortly) Barcelona. We've been enjoying all of the local food non-stop and now are craving a good sushi dinner. Any suggestions for where is a good/great place to get sushi in Madrid (or Barcelona for next week)? THANKS!!
In Madrid: Samurai -- Metro Santo Domingo (address possibly Cuesta Santo Domingo).
I lived in Madrid for about a year. At various times I needed a break from Spanish food (and all European food, for that matter) and craved sushi. After many trials, including Miyami (which was good but very basic) and 19 Sushi (which was good, but expensive) and talking to some locals, I discovered Samurai and found it to be a good balance of creativity and price.
I often like to make sushi at home. I am originally from Los Angeles and it was so easy to find sushi-graded (packaged) fish. But I now live in Madrid and I'm having a hard time here finding ingredients for making sushi. So far, the only fresh fish I am able to use for sushi is Salmon because it's easy to obtain. But I just couldn't find sushi-graded Tuna and fresh Eel in Madrid. So, if anyone knows any markets or places where I could get sushi-graded Tuna and other fresh fishes in Madrid, please let me know. Greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Do you mean that you can't find fresh fish in Madrid (which would be odd, because it's available at any market)? Or that you can't find fish marked "sushi grade"? If it is the latter, I don't know of anywhere that refers to their fish as sushi grade... As to where to find what you are looking for, that depends on what "sushi grade" means to you. In the US, it usually means precut pieces of flash-frozen fish with the parasites removed, though there are no actual regulations in the U.S. that stipulate what "sushi grade" means...
Speaking of which how are the laws re the Anisakis parasite affecting sushi bars and restaurants selling fish in Spain ?
In my experience it seems small places in the South just ignore it. Which is what the Spanish tend to do if anything gets in the way of their enjoyment of something (thank goodness).
re: Hermano Primero
Exactly. Rules are meant to be broken. The places that would make an effort to get non-frozen stuff and have a clientele who would appreciate the difference most likely still do. Or if, in the case of boquerones it causes extra work/expense, I doubt most bother to get it frozen. But fish like tuna--no matter what country you are eating it in--is almost always flash frozen. An exception are the places where there is tuna fishing along the strait, like Barbate. I've never had tuna like that before or since. One great thing about tuna here in Spain is that, if it's available, the fishmonger will sell you a cut of fatty toro for the same price as the rest of the fish.
Personally, I don't think great sushi exists in Barcelona...or at least not yet. It is a shame because Barcelona has some of the best seafood in the world.
If you are craving for something Japanese-esque that uses the best locally caught and produced ingredients, you might want to check out Shojiro in the neighborhood of Garcia. The chef is Japanese but has lived in Barcelona for decades so he does Japanese-Catalan fusion. It is not sushi but it might be a good compromise between taking advantage of local seafood and traditional Catalan dishes with a Japanese interpretation. Plus, the place is small and intimate.
Here is a English review: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/...
In Madrid,I'd recommend you:
"Miyama" (Calle Flor Baja)
"Shiratori" (Paseo de la Castellana)
"Ginza"(Carrera de San Jerónimo-right next to the Parliament)
"19 sushi Bar"- Calle de la Salud- *On my last visit to this restaurant,I saw Tom Cruise there(do not know what was he doing in MAD)
"Pink Sushiman"-Calle Caballero deGracia-Very cheap,hip and trendy Japanese "restaurant (kaiten sushi)-They may not have the best sushi in the world but for only 15 € you can have a look at what young modern Spain is about.
"Kabuki"-Fantastic restaurant,but with some Japanese-Mediterranean fusion notes.
In Barcelona there's literally TONS of Japanese restaurants and Sushi bars.A fantastic option in BCN is "El Japonés" (literally,"The Japanese").Fantastic fish quality at reasonable prices
PS-Take a look at this blog ( http://www.comerjapones.com ) - Blog by a guy from Barcelona with good recommendations on BCN and MAD Japanese restaurants.
(Written in Spanish,do not know if there's an English version)
You might try Kabuki (between the Bernabeu and Estrecho metro stops on c/Presidente Carmona, 2) or Miyama (in the center on c/Flor Baja, 5)--both have a sort of creative Spanish fusion bent that makes use of local ingredients that could be interesting. Kabuki is more daring (and pricey). If you can read Spanish, here are a couple of reviews and general info:
Japanese in Madrid
And another place that I go to for day-to-day sashimi: