The Madrid restaurant in Patpong has been open since 1970. To survive that long in Thailand is some achievement. So with that in mind, it follows that there must be something pretty special about Madrid Pizzeria and Bar in Silom district?
Well, there’s actually not. But therein lies the key to its success – the food is good, the prices are reasonable, the decor is authentic and the staff are averagely friendly (more than most places in Thailand, where most bars and restaurants haven’t grasped the idea of customer service as an important part of return custom).
We say the food is good, and we choose that word for a reason. We would’t use an fancy descriptions, because the food here is designed to please. I don’t think the food would win awards, but it doesn’t have to. It’s tasty and fair priced. If it was served up in a fancy gourmet place for twice the price, you wouldn’t know the difference.
There’s a mixture of Thai and western food on the menu. The western food is really what makes the place unique and the best reason to choose this outlet over other restaurants serving up farang staples. Thai food, well, you can get that anywhere in Bangkok.
The pizza I ordered was tasty, with a very thin base. The second dish was pork chops and spaghetti with some sort of delicious Italian sauce. Next time I’d like to try the bangers and mash.
The decor inside Madrid is dark, reds, Mediterranean style to reflect the origins of the place. There’s a plaque on the wall that says the building was used by American CIA agents during the Vietnam War while they planned missions in Laos. This is probably true, and gives a romantic edge to the building – a tangible link to Bangkok’s past.
Walk outside Madrid and many of the buildings look like they haven’t been updated since that same era. This really is an old-school era. Sure, some of the gogo bars are full of flashing lights and smartphones on the inside, but the place still has a little old-world charm.
The same goes for Madrid. One can only imagine the payments and deals the owners have struck over the years to stay open in what is essentially one of Thailand’s most well known red light areas.
Location is really important with a restaurant. Madrid is obviously perfectly located to catch foot fall from tourists visiting the Patpong night market, bars and clubs. It’s also in the heart of Silom Road, one of the most popular areas for holidaymakers and expats. The location therefore makes it a great place to plan as part of an evening – a stroll through Lumpini Park, walk down Silom Road, eat food at Madrid and then hit the bars of Patpong. You get the idea.
So for this reason we recommend a visit to Madrid restaurant in Patpong. If you’re in Bangkok for a short time and want good western food
By MRT or BTS Sky Train leave at Silom MRT Station or the Sala Daeng if your coming via BTS. Take a short walk down Silom Road away from the direction of the big, green Lumpini Park and Patpong Alley s about five minutes away by walking. There’s no need to take a taxi to reach Madrid restaurant.