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Dassa Bassa, Madrid

7 Calle Villalar
Tel: 34 91 576 7397's insider take:

Darío Barrio is another school-of-Adrià alum, and that's what the Madrileños are hungry for, if the instant success of this place after its 2004 opening is anything to go by. Here, though beets may turn up in dessert and chocolate in a braise, Barrio's experimentation is grounded in reality. Oxtail with chocolate and wine, and his version of huevos estrellados, truffled eggs with potato foam, are two of his better-known dishes. The room is comely, but not so flashy that it competes with the plates—a staircase lit from within leads down to a whitewashed brick basement. Always full, despite fiendish prices.

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