San Wich, Madrid

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Living with two Americans this year has made me appreciate the beauty of a great burger. I always knew they had potential, but too many Wetherspoons burgers at home made me indifferent to this great American classic. I needed help to scope out the best burgers in Madrid. Enter, SanWich.

San Wich is a teeny tiny little Chilean restaurant on Calle Hortaleza (Metro Gran Via or Tribunal) serving scrumptious burgers and guessed it, sandwiches. When I say teeny tiny, I'm talking 4 tables and a few bar stools, so be prepared to get cosy. It's one of my favourite places to eat in Madrid, I've been a few times but unfortunately the burger has always disappeared before I've had a chance to photograph it...

The undoubted favourite of the group is the goats cheese burger: a huge meaty burger, cooked to perfection, with a giant slice of goats cheese on top finished with rocket and caramelised onions (onions are extra but oh my God they are worth it). The bread is like no burger bun I have ever tasted before, sweet and topped with crunchy sesame seeds. I'd never understood why people say bread that melts in your mouth, but then I found this place.

It's so delicious that I haven't been able to try anything else. I've been here three times and ordered the same thing every time. Sorry not sorry. Luckily Etonde was on hand with her slightly more adventurous taste buds to order the A lo Pobre burger, which comes with mozzarella, bacon, caramelized onions, a fried egg and a sweet mustard sauce.

All the burgers come served with chips and an array of bottles of sauce to try, including a sweet Chilean sauce to reflect the restaurant's roots.

Opening times are typically Spanish, i.e don't even think about trying to get in for lunch before 2pm or dinner before 8:30pm. If you can wait though, you'll thank me for the tip off, I promise.

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