The third restaurant opened by Esteban Arnaiz and Aynara Menchaca, owners of the nearby establishments El Columpio and Le Cocó is called Random and since its opening in November 2015 is causing a frenzy in the genuine district of Chamberí in Madrid. Random is placed in a magnificent house of the Almagro neighbourhood, in the same premises the former restaurant Mosaiq used to occupy, for those who can recall. Nothing remains, though, of its orientalist ambitions in this new space, fruit of an absolutely not hazardous coincidence. It might seem nonsensical but indeed, as its owner states, Random comes as “the result of ordering fortuity, of empowering inherent creativity, of fearing what’s conventional. Because what’s static and iterative is wearisome and that’s why in Random we try to be dynamic, aleatory, we escape from confusion and pursuit good vibes”.
Juan Luis Medina, head of the studio Madrid in Love, is the person behind the interior design –which, by the way, is everything but random– of this invitation to a gastronomic trip through the looking glass, where even the ‘callos’ (beef tripe) or the sandwich of ‘chopitos’ (battered baby squid) boast of matching in glamour the sophisticated butterfish tartar. The search for a new concept of city, a more cosmopolite, ever-changing one, was the starting point of the project. The cobblestones, just like the yellow brick path leading to Oz, flow from the street into the restaurant without disruption, smoothly sweeping along the guests towards the hall built as a prelude to the different atmospheres beyond.
If we pour into the creative cocktail shaker the rawness of industrial materials and the elegance of lines inspired by Art Nouveau in equal parts and add, as the barmen do in their original cocktails, a pinch of boudoir and a twist of Neverland, we will obtain a perfect blend of atmospheres, opposed to the naked eye yet sewn together by a common thread: sophistication. Beneath the skylight of the terrace, “an outdoor interior that will not disappoint you”, there are two couples of Copa armchairs and several Altet, surrounded by brick walls and cobbled floors, marble tables and fantastic lamps. In the upper floor, the bistro, defined as “the entrance hall to excess”, is dominated by wood and leather and here it is possible to find several couples of Huma armchairs in light tonalities. Lastly, the camping, considered as “your adult camp”, is much darker and clandestine. This space imitates a tent and black framed Huma armchairs adapt to its military looks thanks to the camouflage fabric of their upholstered seats. Original details such as geometrical floors, mirrors reminiscent of Dalí’s style, spherical lamps and tiled walls help finishing up the design of this establishment claiming to be the only one in its kind. All in all, a tangible evidence of how to fuse chic and underground and not die trying.