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Manolita Chen, last Project in Madrid

Only months ago, Manolita Chen opened its doors in the heart of the Salamanca neighbourhood (Calle de Castelló, 18). This is the third Asian restaurant started up by young Eva Chen (granddaughter of the founder of La Gran Muralla, the seed and inception for the first Chinese restaurant chain in Spain), who we already know from La Pagoda. This time, Eva is reviving part of the enthralling history that runs through her veins to pay homage to the Chinese Theatre of Manolita Chen (also by her family) and open this new culinary offering in the same venue for the most sophisticated tastes.

Manolita Chen is a fusion of dishes and flavours from different Asian countries, under the fresh and personal vision of Eva Chen and her husband, a lawyer from Almeria, Ignacio López. A menu on which you won’t find the traditional three delights rice, but that does feature red tuna fried eggs and duck gyozas with foie. The décor – which merits a mention of its own – is the work of interior design studio Alejandra Pombo, which has achieved a space replete with feathers and velvets, drawing inspiration from the world of the vedettes who inhabited the venue in the 1970s. Its characteristic Peacock Tail Mosaic pattern flooring is from the TODATECH Colours Bone and Lara collections.

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