ahh what of memories the orig poster brought on this post. Canillejas, my aunt used to live there, and when I visited needed to take the tramway from Ciudad lineal to Canillejas hehehe now its the extension of my line 5 that takes you there by metro. Very easy indeed.
this line takes you into center of Madrid; visit alcala street, puerta de alcala, Cibeles fountain, and Retiro Park daytime. IF more time go into the palace of cristal,and Velazquez inside Retiro park. ride a boat in its lake ....wonderful
get off at metro line 5 Quintana (my old home) visit to eat the best patatas bravas of Madrid for ages, Docamar at Plaza Quintana right across from metro exit. http://www.docamar.com/
one recent visit was with my blackberry so its a bit blurry but you get the idea is a local place
see the bottom left link for fotos antiguas or old photos of the district, sublime.
Hope it helps
Favorite Dish: patatas bravas
Cocido is the most typical dish from Madrid. You can have it in many restaurants, but there are classical cocido restaurants if you are interested.
It consists of chick peas, cabbage, chorizo, blood sausage or pudding and vegetables, stewed in broth. You must have that in 2 plates:
- First U take a soup with some pasta on it.
- Then U take the main plate (see photo).
And you must order always both, they don't serve it separate. It's enough for a meal... too much maybe!!
This restaurant is one that you should definately visit while in Madrid. It's located in the outskirts of the neoghborhood known as Chueca. This restaurant might look intimidating to those that are looking for a nice but cheap place to dine. Rest assired that despite its very upscale design, this place is affordable to even the nonemployed student traveler!! I think that's one of the reasons why in the last 2 trips to Madrid I ate at this place 7 or 8 times!
Favorite Dish: I recomend the Chicken Curry for the main course and the Chocolatisimo for dessert! MMMMMMMMMMMMMM!! Just writing about this makes me want to look online for my next plane ticket!
Located in Cava Baja, where there are numerous tapas restaurants popular with locals, los Huevos de Lucio serves exquisite local tapas. The dining room is long and narrow, so there is usually a fairly long wait during peak meal times. This tapas retaurant is part of the more formal restaurant across the street, called Casa de Lucio. I've eaten here twice (April 2006 and November 2007) and enjoyed it both times.
RESTAURANTE RIBEIRA DO MIÑO
Platos Típicos Gallegos
It was a Saturday night when we went and the restaurant was packed. CON: The noise level was high, but conversation was still possible. As we did not have reservations, we had to wait for about an hour. PRO: But the wait was well worth it.
To get a good table make reservations before 9.30 pm. Avoid Friday and Saturday night if you don't have reservations as the wait could take as long as one hour.
Favorite Dish: The seafood platter, which came with Prawns, Crabs, some type of Barnacle (a delicacy)
After visiting Thyseen Museum we were very hungry and just a few steps from the museum we found this restaurant where we had lunch for just 12.50 euros per person. We had paella as starter, fish (don´t remember the name) and coffee. The staff was nice and the service good.
Después de visitar el museo Thyseen estabamos hambrientas y justo andamos un poco cuando encontramos este restaurante where almorzamos por 12.50 euros por persona. Tomamos de primero paella, pescado de segundo y café. El personal fue atento.
Try at least these: tortilla espanola (spanish potato omelette), patatas pravas or patatas aioli (pieces of potato with either picante sauce or garlic), jamon (ham), queso (cheese), albondigas (meat balls) and chorizo (slices of pepperoni sausage).
Tapa is smaller portion and racion is bigger. Order several tapas and share them with your friends so you can have a taste what you like. Normally one tapa is appr. 2-4 euros.
It's a small cave close to Plaza Mayor where you can taste tipical tortilla and chorizo frito and drink a light sangria!
The atmosphere is familiar, simple and funny and you can even enjoy the music of a squeeze-box player close to your table.
Relaxing, cheap and tasty!
Favorite Dish: The best tortilla i have eaten in Madrid!
Have it with some chorizo frito! :)
Below are the names of great restaurants I tried in Madrid during my April 2006 trip. I will add more details later:
- Terra Mundi (Galician)
- Goizeko Kabi (Basque)
- Casa Patas (local cuisine + flamenco)
- los Huevos de Lucio (tapas)
Very typically "madrileño". You eat either standing at the bar, with a caña (glass of beer) in one hand a a fork in another, or, if you're tired after hours of visitting the Prado seated at a table.
The waiters are friendly though very busy. They will always help you if you ask for advice on what to have.
Favorite Dish: Don't miss their "habitas con jamon", the best in town.
If not plainly inexpensive, Bazaar is certainly a very economic place to have dinner in Madrid. For less that 20 Euros you can choose between a great selection of fashion starters, meats, fish, exceptional deserts and a decent wine. Trust me, you are not likely to find many places like this in Madrid.
Besides that, the place has an excellent decoration, young and friendly stuff and it's placed in one of the most fashion neighborhoods of Madrid. They don’t accept reservations, so you’ll have to show up there (the best idea is to go at the opening time: 8:30 pm) and appoint to the waiting list.
Favorite Dish: Chocolatisimo, a desert that will drive crazy any chocolat lover :-)
In El Buey you can try excellent beef. They bring it raw together with the sizzling hot plates so you can have it done just the way you like it. If the plate gets cold, they bring you the new one, staight from the stove.
It's served with french fries and excellent sauce.
For a starter go for pate or real foie gras and don't miss crema catalana after you are done with the "buey".
As I later figured out it's quite an extensive chain of restaurants in Madrid with a few offices in other Spanish towns.
We went to the one located on calle Mayor.
Great restaurant. The eclectic interior is a combination of high tech and rural, simple but nice. Good food and selection of vines.
Favorite Dish: We took Tabla Mixta, the name stands for itself. It's a huge portion served on a long wooden stand, which cosists of mixter of grocery, meat and seafood. It was nice experience.
As well one can find there a big selection of meat and fish dishes.
You should not leave Spain without trying Jamon. Actually, chances are that after tasting Spain's most delicious culinary invention, you will not leave the country without a good provision of it in your suitcase. ;-) Surprisingly, a pretty decent place for Jamon tasting could be find in Sol area, surrounded by horrible tourist traps that serves Paella with sangria for dinner :-p Taberna Alhambra has a nice atmosphere, friendly staff, and an excellent (though not very diverse) selection of Spanish products.
Favorite Dish: Ok, this is what you have to say: "Jamon Iberico, por favor". Got it? Good! Now, repeat that phrase to your waiter as many times as you feel like :-p
Cocido is Madrid most traditional dish. This chickpea based stew does not have the international reputation that other Spanish dishes have (like paella, for instance), thought if I were in your place, I would not leave the city without giving it a try. :-)
La Daniela makes an excellent place for cocido degustation, because of its reasonable prices, friendly staff and, off course, delicious main and only dish (you can guess what this plate exactly is, can’t you?) ;-)
Favorite Dish: Cocido Madrileño; no question about that :-p