Mr. Bagel is a hole-in-the-wall near Atocha train station that could well be called Mr. Pastrami or Mr. Salt Beef, because those two things are probably their signature dishes and what make it special for me.
Although it is becoming easier to find pastrami in Madrid, many are of the Central European charcuterie type that they buy already made and which I find too dry, not the American kind, as in the case of Mr. Bagel, which they do themselves. And salt beef is something you won’t find in Madrid, period; they also prepare it themselves. Actually, they make almost everything they offer, except the bagels, which are bought at Panem, one of the best bakeries in the city. (Tip: ask for double meat if you’re the kind of person who thinks one is never enough).
Also, new things are popping up from time to time, if they don’t tell you —they usually do— always ask if they have a special of the day. One of my favorites lately is cured and smoked beef tongue.
Now that you know what you’re going to eat, let’s talk about what you’re going to drink. They have sodas and a few beers, but their other passion is specialty coffee, let them recommend the one that best suits you according to your tastes, they normally have a couple of them to choose from.
Their cookies are yummy, too!