El Mandela restaurant – Review

African gastronomy is still a great unknown for people in Madrid. There are few African restaurants and they are amongst the least known in the city. Exotic Subsaharan African cuisine is what you will find at El Mandela, our favorite African restaurant in Madrid.

Located in the heart of Madrid, next to the Royal Theater, there is a no better option to enjoy this style of cooking in the city.

El Mandela restaurant is a tribute to Africa. The atmosphere, the decoration, the dedicated staff, the menu, anecdotes about African dishes and even ocassional African music live performances, all contribute to a great experience.

The Menu

The restaurant offers a simple menu with dishes from different regions of Africa. Each dish is explained in detail. There are African teas, drinks, and wines from South Africa.

Some of the dishes you will find on the menu are the koky from Cameroon, a kind of tofu pasta made up of beans. The Acheque, from Ivory coast, the Thiep Yape from Senegal, or the Mokimo from Kenya.

Overall review

This is a great African restaurant in Madrid.  It’s an immersive experience: from the decor to the music, to the wines and coffee, everything in El Madela is Africa.

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Style of this restaurant

It is not very easy to find African restaurants in Spain. They offer an exotic option

Other exotic restaurants in Madrid

A good number of international restaurants opened in Madrid in the last 20 years. Some of them are amongst the favorite options for locals looking for different flavors and an exotic gastronomic experience in Madrid.  EL Mandela is one of such restaurants and we share below two other fantastic options to “taste the world” during your trip to Madrid. 

You can find more interesting restaurants in Madrid in our guide.   

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Q Which attractions are near restaurant El Mandela?

Royal Opera
Royal palace

Q Which dishes are typical from Madrid?

Despite Madrid is a melting pot of Spanish cultures, and that you will be able to find restaurants that specialize in gastronomy from all regions of Spain, there are some dishes which are typical “Madrileños”.
Cocido madrileño is Madrid´s best-known dishes. A chickpea stew served in many different formats, this is a great option to enjoy in winter, especially at some of the restaurants that specialize in cocido. Bocadillo de calamares is a cheap way to enjoy a simple lunch or dinner. A very simple dish can be delicious if all ingredients (squid,oil and bread) are of excellent quality. Callos a la madrileña: this is a beef tripe stew and many traditional restaurants are proud to serve “the best callos in Madrid”
te Madrid is a melting pot of Spanish cultures, and that you will be able to find restaurants that specialize in gastronomy from all regions of Spain, there are some dishes which are typical “Madrileños”.

Q How much should I tip at this restaurant?

There is no precise rule as to how much to tip in Spain. Spaniards only tip if they consider the service to be good. A 5% is normally considered a good tip. Having said this, some local waiters know tourists tip more than local Spaniards do and may expect more from foreigners.

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  • Price Range 20 - 40

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