Something must have this Lebanese restaurant that began in Sanchinarro (in the suburbs of Madrid) if they were selected for taking care of gastronomy of the Arab House. This cultural center is located inside an impressive building that is worth visiting, not only for the many cultural proposals but also for being situated in a beautiful location, right in front of the Retiro park. And one of its attractions is its restaurant, Shukran, for their delicious Lebanese cuisine and stunning terrace. But today we’re talking about their brand new local: Shukran Express. Right in front of Las Ventas this small take away offers mostly low-cost menus (for around 10 euro), but you can also stay and have a bite and a drink in here; the restaurant itself is tiny but invites you to stay in one of their tables next to the huge windows, or on the terrace overlooking the bullring, which illuminated at night is almost magical.
Besides all this, the best of Shukran is the food, which is the same (with a slightly smaller menu) than in their locals in Sanchinarro and the Arabic House. Apart from the best-known Lebanese tapas such as hummus (the best we’ve tested), or falafel, we’ve loved their salads, their Lebanese wraps or pizzas, such as the one with thyme oil or Lebanese cheese which gives them a special flavour very different from the classic Italian pizzas. They also offer breakfast with Lebanese sweets (that you can also take as dessert) and menus that come even cheaper. For those of you that are still unfamiliar with this type of food, it’s the perfect opportunity to try it in an informal way at unbeatable price. Moreover, since they have just opened they offer a free miniwrap you with your order until July 31, so hurry up and we’re sure you will want to go back!
Shukran Express is located at 200 Calle Alcalá, Madrid. Metro Ventas (L2 and L5). Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 00:00, and on Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays’ eve until 01:00. You can see the information of its other locations here. You can also follow them on facebook.