My shopping trip to San Anton market had certainly worked up an appetite and I was really looking forward to lunch now.
For those who enjoy the art of cooking, you’ll love this part of the Chef’s Table Tour, as not only do you get the chance to learn about key ingredients, what they are and where they come from, but you’ll also get the opportunity to create something special in the kitchen via the deluxe cooking workshop.
This divine cooking class took place at A Punto which is a cooking school that specialises in gastronomy and wine. It’s spread over two floors and consists of a bookshop, a tasting room and two fully functional open kitchens. Ready with my apron, cooking utensils and fine ingredients, I began to create my lunch which was a very therapeutic experience, supervised by the professional Master Chefs on hand.
Lunch was duly served and I was impressed and satisfied with the outcome of my efforts in the kitchen, but I would certainly recommend guests to indulge in a light breakfast beforehand in order to make room for the hearty lunch that you will prepare.
After lunch, I visited El Corte Ingles based on Castellana Avenue which is Spain and Portugal’s largest retail group and prides itself as a world-class luxury shopping destination.
The store houses high-end international brands such as Celine, Hermes and Chanel. Even though, the focus on this opulent store is the shopping, the men’s store is the home to the dazzling rooftop restaurant, StreetXO which is spearheaded by the three-starred Michelin Spanish Chef, David Munoz.
The Chef’s Table Tour offers an exclusive luxury shopping experience at El Corte Ingles which comes equipped with your own personal shopper to guide you through your own luxury retail experience. Thereafter, a Champagne reception awaits those amongst the quiet surroundings of the private fitting room, away from the hustle and bustle of the frenetic shop floor.
Within this oasis of calm, shoppers get the opportunity to try on their items, drink champagne, feast on tapas, sweet treats and even have a private car ready to drive them home after their serious dose of retail therapy.
By now, the day had turned to night and I was looking forward to this part of the Chef’s Table Tour as the next instalment of this thrilling journey presented the opportunity for a private sitting at the acclaimed Ramon Freixa restaurant.
Located in the beautiful Hotel Único, it’s a 19th-century mansion which has been converted into a luxury boutique hotel in the exclusive Salamanca district. A suave and sophisticated dining space awaits with rich interiors and overlooks pristinely manicured gardens, making this is one of Madrid’s most swanky eateries. The restaurant caters for 25 covers with a tranquil private dining room that can accommodate 12 guests comfortably.