hailing from bilbao where his family founded one of spain's most prestigious jewellery brands, it's no wonder emiliano suárez likes a bit of sparkle. but working in the family business as a marketing director for one of its new jewellery lines doesn't stop him from dipping his toe in areas he takes a great personal interest in: hospitality and food. injected with a splendour similar to expensive bling, suárez recently opened punk bach, an eatery extraordinaire that has raised the bar in madrid's culinary scene. the décor by spanish interior designer lázaro rosa-violán is loosely modeled after balthazar in new york, but its baroque-ish mix of traditional and modern elements is far more contemporary and fun.
we're talking sheer opulence witth crystal chandeliers, golden stoold and mirrored ceilings. and as the quirky name already implies, punk bach's formula is a unique one that pairs great attention to quality and detail - check out the staff's trendy outfits by designer lander urquijo - with a modern, casual attitude. mind you, they do take-away service just as easily. and speaking of food: chef iñaki rodaballo heads the kitchen and is a rising star in basque cuisine. he serves you a menu that features a wealth of spanish dishes with a modern twist, from his famed pintxos to meats, fish and even stews, but also plenty of delicious desserts. if you're a true gourmet, this place is not to be missed! location: paseo de la castellana 74 [castellana].