This is the second post in the series Hola Madrid! Exploring Spain’s Incredible Food.
Madrid has only one chef with three Michelin stars: David Munoz. His flagship restaurant DiverXO received the honor in 2014 (the first one in 18 years for Madrid!). Since then, it has been very difficult to score a reservation. DiverXO opens reservations six months in advance, and is typically fully booked. The wait list can grow to 25 tables for one night, which is crazy.
The last-minute nature of our trip prevented any hope of a DiverXO reservation. Instead, we opted to line up at StreetXO, Chef Munoz’s more casual, Asian-fusion restaurant for fun, crazy bites like the famous “Club Sandwich” (a bao topped with pork belly and a fried quail egg) or the “Korean Lasagna” (more details on that below).
StreetXO is located on the 9th floor of El Corte Ingles, a department store, in the cute and trendy Centro neighborhood. There are several restaurants on that floor, along with a really nice gourmet food shop called The Gourmet Experience where you can pick up nice Spanish hams, cheeses, wines, and many other food gifts.