If you have ever been to Beach Blanket Babylon in London then you will absolutely adore this venue. Similarly to the Notting hill London chic vibe, Gigi meet me is one of Madrid’s real gems. Located in the area of Trafalgar, you are stepping in to one of the most aesthetically pleasing restaurants of the city. The décor is abstract, with white marble tables, tiled floor, red brick walls and large velvet sofas;
There are three rooms all individually decorated. The first room as you enter has large blue velvet sofas and white walls; the intermediate room (where we sat) contained red brick walls and a gigantic grey velvet sofa and finally the third room was decorated with pink velvet and beautiful pastel pink wallpaper. The lighting is also varied as the first room lit up by the large windows whilst the pink room at the back is lit up by a dark, warm candlelight, adding a romantic touch to the area.
This beautiful ambiance is reinforced by one of life’s simple pleasures: good food. Offering brunches, lunch and dinner Gigi excels in the culinary aspects. Regarding the brunch, for only 22 euros you have a hot beverage, freshly squeezed orange juice, aromatic water, Greek yoghurt with muesli and fresh fruit, a cookie and a choice between either bread and jam or a hot croissant or avocado on toast with poached egg or a croquet madam with ham or spinach. Finally it is up to you whether you want to add a cocktail for 6 euros, however I am not usually a fan of alcohol in the morning.
However we opted for lunch, as we wanted to try something a little different to the usual avocado on toast. Whilst their menu has varied options such as ham croquetas, Spanish tortilla, steak tartar and risotto, my friend and I both decided to have Fish. I selected roasted sea bass cooked in banana leaf whilst my friend chose roasted mackerel in an aubergine purée and mandarin sauce. We were offered a starter by the house: a paté dish served with warm toasted bread. This was exquisite and a great way to start our meal. When our mains came, they were both beautifully presented. As for the taste, both dishes were extremely unique, very light and well put together by the chef. Would I have chosen something different? Nope, however I would have added a second dish to share such as the roasted cauliflower and pomegranate as we were still feeling slightly hungry after our meal. However they also have some great looking deserts, such as the cheesecake with berry coulis or a classic chocolate brownie.
All of this combined has created a stunning venue, making it an absolute pleasure to come here and spend a couple of hours having lunch with a friend or even to come alone for a coffee and get on with some work.
Price range: Between 20-30 Euros.
Best time to go: I went around 13.30 and it was empty, however it filled up towards 14.30.
Location: Calle de Luchana, 13.
For Reservations: +34 91 137 31 04