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Monteria: La Monteria
La Montería used to be the typical Spanish old-fashioned tavern, with the typical deer heads hanging on the walls, the typical old parishioners arguing mainly about futbol and toros and the typical excellent honest food. They recently renovated the decoration, removing the parishioners and the deer heads, but keeping the excellent food at the same prices that always.
Favorite Dish: Do not miss the veal and, of course, give a try to the best pincho of the house, the Monterías (specially prepared mussels)
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Bodega de la Ardosa: Guinness Record Croquetas
Ardosa is probably one of Madrid best "cervecerias", that is, an establishment specialized in beers. Long before the “Irish pub” Fever that his city suffered some years ago, this bar was the only place in Madrid where decent Guinness pints were available.
Having lost the exclusivity of Guinness beer, the bar still offers some exceptional tapas, at very reasonable prices, all within an old fashioned environment that really deserve to be discovered.
Favorite Dish: You will not be disappointed with the local Croquetas
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Prada a tope: Tapas
It was very nice and evening crowded tapas bar in Cruz, the place where we started our mini Madrid meeting.
The food was great though with some surprises, which played evil jokes on a couple of my friends ;)), the music was live and something special played by Tuna
The start of the evening was fun!
EL BALCON DE ALCALA: "TAPAS" EL BALCON DE ALCALA
this restaurant is not crowded with tourists, is well far from the center of the city, so you will meet only local people. i have been tempted not to discover this place, maybe the next time i go there will be crowded, but it s really a pearl
the dishes are fabulous, and they are constantly inventing new ones. we celebrated our football team xmas lunch there. i dont know how to translate these dishes into english sorry, but for the spaniards who read this probably will get their mouth melt ... mejillones en salsa de puerros, habitas tiernas con foie queso brie y esparragos, mero a la salsa de cava, carpaccio de atun acompa?ado de huevo picado espuma de salmorejo y pate de aceitunas negras, solomillitos de cerdo iberico a la pimienta,ciervo a la pimienta verde ...
the price ... 35 euros but, well, we began at 2.30 at end at 6 P.M. and ate like beasts, acomponied by "a couple" (ejem ... ) of Ribera del Duero wine bottles, fine desserts, coffes and pacharanes (basque liquour). but normally would be 15-20 euros
Favorite Dish: las habitas con foie esparragos trigueros y queso brie fundido ... ýam ýam :-) i dont know how to translate "habitas" into english. i think should be something like green soft beans with asparagus, foie and melted brie cheese
and dont forget the deer with green pepper sauce
TORITO: TAPAS "TORITO"
place out of the tourist track. they lack a wide diversity of wines, but the quality of the food is good. crowded every weekend with locals, try not to go there when there is a "real madrid" match, coz you are going to feel like in the underground at peak time (as i did this ver saturday)
good service, and very funny manager. nice atmosphere, u can drop a line in this bar ;-)
it s near "avenida del brasil", a very well known nightlife area, so its a good place to have something before a long night
Favorite Dish: big circular bread with spanish ham and melted brie cheese ...
Tapas: Another name I've forgotten
I went to watch the procession in La Latina, and on the square where you come out of teh metro there are several bars. A couple of them have terraces and are quite nice but a little more expensive (because of the terrace) but there is one without a terrace (I thikn it's called the New Bar or the Look Bar or something like that).
This bar is very much a local affair. Unusually you don't get charged more for a table than for standing at the bar. The raciones were excellent and copious and the "limonada" which is a kind of Sangrai made with white wine was excellent.
Favorite Dish: I loved the snails, but I didn't think much of the pigs ears. The calamari were excellent and I really wish that I'd tried the Callos.
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Tapas: If only I knew what it was called...
In an area that's a little run down we found a great bar/terrace with excellent Raciones. The prices were very reasonable, the little square that it's on has hardly any traffic going by. All in all very unpretentious and very untouristic.
Favorite Dish: I tried loads of stuff so I couldn't tell you my favourite!
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La Trucha: Tapas, Typical dishes and Seafood
I can farely say that La Trucha was part of my growing up as it is my mother's favourite and she would always bring me here. The food is excellent and I love the atmosphere: the upper street level has a bar with arched ceiling, whitewashed walls and an Andalusian tavern-like ambience; my personal favourite, perfect for a delicious tapeo. But if you're in the mood for a more proper table-sitting dinner you can also head to the downstairs dining room.
La Trucha is very well-known and reservations are recommended. Also, if this branch turns out to be too crowded, there's another Trucha at Núñez de Arce 6, Metro Sol (ph: 91-532-08-82).
Favorite Dish: The tapas in the bar are my favourite but
there is a complete a la carte menu including typical Spanish dishes and all kinds of seafood.
Here are some recommendations:
verbenas de ahumados (a selection of smoked delicacies)
fabada (stew made with beans, Galician ham, black sausage, and smoked bacon) and for the more adventurous rabo de toro (home-style oxtail)!
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Various Tapas Bars: Nibbles around Plaza Santa Ana
The area right around the Plaza Santa Ana is my favorite part of Madrid (that I've visited so far, anyway). The construction on the Plaza was recently finished, and its a great place to sit outside, watching the crowds go by and relaxing in the warm evening air. Even better, however, is to go inside the crowded, noisy bars (avoid anyplace that's not full) and stand or sit at the bar. Order a drink and you'll likely get a free (if small) Tapa. But even better is to point to something you like from the case. Have one drink (but no more, unless you really love the place), then move on. Repeat until you can't stand anymore from eating and drinking too much. Then go dancing!
Favorite Dish: Any thing that looks good! Unless you are a vegetarian. Then be careful! I found that in spain, "This piece of food is vegetarian" normally means, "This piece of food is less than 100% meat"
Casa Lucas: Crowded, Noisy, Great!
Favorite Dish: A small but great selection of tapas. The tapas here are more sophisticated than the typical tapas bar. I kept coming back and tried most of them. All of them where great. The place is quite small and unless you come quite early is packed with people sitting at the tables, on the bar or standing with a glass of wine or beer. This is a great place to meet new people and have a nice talk over a glass of wine.
Tapas: Tapas: where to go?
Tapas are little dishes of food that you have with a drink (beer, wine...). Is a good way to know our gastronomy. Here are some of the best places:
1.- El Boca?to: c/ Libertad, 6. Ph 915 23 12 19. Tapas in the cool Chueca neighborhood.
2. Taberna Bilbao: c/ Costanilla de San Andr?s, 8.
La Taberna de los cien vinos. c/Nuncio, 17. Ph 913 65 47 04.
Juana la Loca. Plaza Puerta de Moros, 4. Ph 913 64 02 25.
Casa Lucas. c/Cava Baja, 30. Ph 913 65 08 04.
El Bonanno. Plaza del Humilladero, 4. Ph 913 66 68 86.
Delic. c/Costanilla de San Andr?s, 14. Ph 913 64 54 50.
3. La Venencia. c/Echegaray, 7. Ph 914 29 73 13.
4. Stars Cafe. c/Marqu?s de Valdeiglesias, 5. Ph 915 22 27 12.
5. El autom?tico. c/Argumosa, 17. By the Reina Sofia Museum / Atocha.
6. Casa Labra. c/Tetuan, in fron of El Corte Ingles. Try the haddock.
7. El Anciano Rey de los Vinos. c/ Almudena, near the Royal Palace.
Any...: Go for Tapas !!
I think there are more restaurant per capita in Madrid.. Any tapas is good..
Favorite Dish: My favorites are: Jamon Serrano, Tortilla, croquetas de Bacalao, Chorizos, Angulas (a type of tiny fish..is pricey..but is esquisite..). And for dessert, try flan or crema catalana (although this dish is more from the catalunya region, i.e. Barcelona). And of course bocadillos...
When in Madrid I don´t usually...
When in Madrid I don´t usually go to 'restaurants' for a three course meal. My favourite eating experience is the tapas thing. Go to one, two or more places and enjoy different food bits with small glasses of beer (caña) or wine (chato). You can spend hours doing this, and it may be healthy too!
Around the centre of Madrid there are plenty of bars where you can sample tapas, you usually have pictures of them or can see them on display, to ease the choice. Please don´t be put off by the hams hanging over your head, their skin is inch-thick and the meat is worth a try.
Favorite Dish: From Madrid it it typical 'cocido', hot pot with beef, hen, pork, vegetables and chickpeas. You eat the stock first, in the form of a noodle soup, then the vegetables and chickpeas, and of course the meat. Yummy, bit too hearty for the summer months though. Spanish omelette, very appreciated by my international friends in London for house parties or any occasion. With egg and potatoes (and onion, pepper etc, optional) suitable for vegetarian and wheat/nut-free dieters.
Animal tit bits of many kinds: pork trotters, chorizo, lamb kidneys, Spanish kebabs, jabugo ham, black pudding (morcilla).
Grilled seafood such as langoustines or Dublin bay prawns (cigalas), prawns (gambas), king prawns (langostinos). Most people eat these boiled, but grilling turns them into godly delicacies. Marinated anchovies in vinegar with olive oil and garlic.
Vegetable tapas: 'banderillas' - different pickles on a toothpick, 'patatas bravas'-fried potato cubes with spicey sauce-, olives of many kinds, boiled artichokes with olive oil and garlic, roasted peppers with olive oil and garlic, or just a plate with olive oil and garlic and plenty of crusty bread to dip!
You can't visit Madrid without...
You can't visit Madrid without checking out the Tapas Bars. Wander through Peurta Del Sol after dark and you will find restaurants and bars everywhere. The advantage of the true tapas bars is even if you don't speak the language you can point to whatever takes your fancy.
Main meals are at lunch time in Spain and if you look around most of the restuarants have a menu of the day which is reasonably priced. Dinner is a light meal taken late so be prepared, many of the restaurants don't open until 8.30 - 9pm.
Favorite Dish: Tapas consists a lot of ham, cheeses, and olives. all finger food. Try being adventurous and ordering a Platos Combinados and just see what turns up.
ME Hotel: Trendy, Americanized Spain!
The view from the Penthouse at the ME Hotel in the center of Plaza Santa Ana is amazing. Great Spanish tapas and awesome ambiance!
Favorite Dish: ~Chicken screwers
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