It’s all about relationships at Mama Campo, an unusual restaurant-store combo in Madrid which prides itself on the provenance of its ingredients. When they say the eggs come from their supplier Mikel’s “happy hens”, you believe it, likewise the fruit and veg from Angel have the sun-ripened freshness that suggests every care and attention has gone into their growing. Organic is the name of the game at Mama’s place, and everything comes from a network of small producers and artisans in the surrounding area practising the most ecologically-sound methods.
The premises is split into three customer areas – one is for restaurant dining, another is a grocery store selling the same organic produce that is used in the kitchen, and a third is designated as a children’s area. There’s a huge list of stellar names incorporated into Mama Campo’s design, with international names including Tom Dixon, Piet Hein Eek and Wow Estudio among the designers, and artists such as Carlos Villoslada (that’s his beautifully decorated plate on the wall) and Elena Hormiga getting in on the act. The menu is all about recapturing traditional flavours, and there are updated versions of classic casseroles, stews, soups, salads to enjoy, just like Mama used to make.