New opening, Madriz, brings a taste of Spain to the central city

Shake up your lunch routine at this traditional Spanish tapas bar.

Just like a classic tapas bar in the back alleys of Barcelona, Madriz is the unique new opening bringing something different to your weekly lunch routine. Dishing out authentic Spanish tapas from its cosy position tucked in the heart of Fort Lane, it’s a small space where the idea is to grab a few plates, a $3 beer (should your day allow) and lean up against the bar (inside or out), for a casual bite with friends — just like they do in Spain.

Open from early till late, the morning offers up a selection of freshly baked goods and coffee, then come lunch, the traditional cuisine really begins to shine through. A tasty line-up of pintxos (Spanish delicacies served skewered to fresh bread) awaits in the cabinet, with flavours ranging from chorizo to smoked salmon and Spanish belly tuna, as well as the house favourite, ‘pintxos tortilla’ which sees a thick slab of omelette spiked to a slice of rustic kumara bread.

In the evening, the concept continues, but you’d be wise to venture into the raciones and tapas menu too. All of the classics are there, from Pulpo Madriz octopus salad, Jamón croquettes and North Sea mussels to a moreish plate of patatas bravas, all of which match perfectly to the succinct but specialised wine list.

Completely genuine, the team even ventured over to Spain to retrieve a secret lamb recipe from owner Juan Manuel’s grandmother which you can order in full shoulder form to take away. A refreshing way to spend your lunch hour, or catch up with friends for an evening drink in the central city, Madriz is well worth a try.

Opening hours:
7.30am-9pm, Monday-Wednesday
7.30am-late, Thursday & Friday
9am-late, Saturday


Fort Lane
Auckland CBD

09 869 43 28


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