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Highly creative cuisine options and an amazing cocktail list are the strong points at Mérimée www.merimeegastrobar.com conveniently located in the centre of Madrid on Calle Fuencarral.

Open for lunch and dinner, the stylish restaurant-cum-cocktail bar is the perfect spot to refuel after checking out the nearby fashion boutiques.

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Floor to ceiling windows fill the space with natural light during the day, while at night the lights are turned down low to provide the perfect ambience for romance. Tables are set with a combination of tall, wing-backed and low, club-chairs. They provide the atmosphere and comfort for guests to linger. At the room’s centre is the bar with features an elegant back-lit filigree screen and comfortable leather stools for those who enjoy watching the mixologists work their craft.

Now that the warm weather has arrived in Madrid, don’t miss the delicious gourmet salads on the menu. Highlights include grilled chicken with rúcula, caramelized, cherry tomatoes and yogurt dressing with shredded cucumber.

Carret de cordero a baja temperatura y cous cous de piñones con salsa de cereza amarena

Mains are just as tempting and are neatly grouped into meat and fish. For light bites, the gourmet hamburgers are divine. For those with a more substantial hunger the duck confit with prune purée, or the wild sea bass with eucalyptus sauceare both filling and flavoursome.

Blueberry cheescake

When it comes to cocktails, Mérimée is tops. Choose from all the classic mixes as well as more original concoctions. Providing a smooth-as-silk drinking experience is Lavender in Collins Avenue which brings together gin, lime juice, soda and lavender syrup
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Bacalao confitado con mermelada de tomate raff, pastel de morcilla dulce y habitas baby