I hadn’t been to El Bund restaurant until recently. Located nearby Arturo Soria street, far away from downtown, it is not a typical Chinese restaurant. El Bund occupy a two floors house. I felt like I traveled to China. During the summer you can enjoy its very quiet terrace, surrounded by trees. But in winter they place you within a saloon decorated with black and white drawings and walls covered with champagne paper.
With a large menu I didn’t know what to eat so I decided to taste a full degustation menu. The starters were a champignons salad and dry fish followed by the Chinese beer Tsingtao. The beef tenderloin with prawns was simply delicious. I must also comment on the nice porcelain in yellow and blue with dragons drawn.
This neighborhood is known as “ciudad jardín”, the garden city. The urbanist Arturo Soria designed a big avenue with gardens on both sides and in the middle of the car lanes in the 19th century. The houses were planned with no more than 2 floors. Nice thought but very aggressive to the environment. With a big population it is better to build constructions with more floors to take advantage of the space. Today you can still view Soria’s ideas in this residential area after enjoying the Chinese food at El Bund.