Mamita Cubana's call to check out Platea, a gourmet food hall in Madrid did not fall on deaf ears. It is located in a former cinema and the architect Lázaro Rosa-Violán clearly did his best to keep the theatre atmosphere mixing it with authentic Spanish decor and presented in a sleek look drawing inspiration from the 1940s and ’50s. Sculptural wood walls curve into a canopy for the ground-floor bar, while red leather banquettes in the balcony restaurants give a nod to the stage curtain.
Mexican, Peruvian, Italian, and various Asian cuisines are offered as well as restaurateurs Paco Roncero, Pepe Solla and Marcos Morán who have six Michelin stars between them. The theater-turned-food spectacle covering over 6000m2 makes it possibly the most interesting eatery in Europe.
Eataly might have high quality food but Platea clearly completes the foodie experience by offering sight, taste, smell and sound along with outstanding food. Just think: tapas taken to its logical extreme.
Former Carlos III movie theater
built in the 1950s by architect Luis Gutiérrez-Soto
Five floors of food galore
Take a seat
Lots of Jamon... this is Spain after all.
How many different ways can you serve it?
Pinchos de aceitunas... yum!
Bañuelos de Bacalao
Your order locked in a beeper
Opps, it's flashing... my order is ready
One of the many free standing kitchens
It's 2pm... still too early for lunch
More bañuelos ... shrimp this time!
Thinking about it...
A tinto de verano is the answer for a hot summer day
along with some pizza to start!
Mexican Tacos del Pastor