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La Hacienda: Great Fun at Tapas and Wine Bar!
Stayed in Madrid at an out-of-the-way Ibis Hotel in September 2008. There were a few restaurants around the hotel, but nothing that truly shouted Spanish to us. We saw a little bar called La Hacienda and decided to stop in, have a drink and figure out where to eat. What an experience!
We began having cocktails. The staff didn't speak a word of English and we didn't speak a word of Spanish, but somehow we all managed to understand one another with a lot of smiles and tons of laughter. We finally figured out how to articulate what ingredients were in our drinks and boy, what mighty big ones they were when they arrived at the table! They also came with small baskets of chips, nuts and corn puffs. It was all fairly typical of bar munchies. However, no sooner had we polished off the baskets and ordered another round drinks when the real tapas started flowing. Presunto, olives, cheese, bread, shrimp, deep fried this and that, more olives and items we all liked, but truly had no idea what they were. We must have had several different items and while my husband had one drink, the rest of us had at least 3-4 cocktails.
By the end of the night all four of us were expecting to pay at least 100 euros, if not more, but to our shock and amazement the total bill was less than 20 euros each, tip included. Between four people having a fantastic time in a cozy bar with such great staff, that was a major bargain and a fabulous memory.
Favorite Dish: I wouldn't say there are any fantastic dishes at La Hacienda. The atmosphere is bar-like and the staff is wonderful and that's what made the experience terrific. Nevertheless, I can safely say that all four of us can recommend one thing: when they bring out those lime green olives that you'll coo with awe over because they're so unusual looking and taste so delicious at the time, don't eat them unless you've packed some powerful perfume for the morning. ;)
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!
Look for specials!: Tapas Crawl
Nearly all bars will give you a small plate of tapas (appetizers) when you order a drink. Sometimes it is only olive or chips - but often a little paella or a potato tortilla.
Avoid the places with only tourists - I enjoy little pubs with sandwich boards out front showing specials. Los Abuelos has several Madrid locations, and usually offers a nice tapas menu for a reasonable price.
Favorite Dish: Patatas bravas (if they are spicy) or Gambas (garlic shrimp) or Tortilla Patata (sliced potatoes) or even Octopus (sliced thin in garlic sauce) YUM
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1?PARTE: 250 SITIOS DE TAPAS EN MADRID (1)
Madrid de Tapas
??Qu? tiene un vaso de vino?. Vale 75 pesetas y da derecho a: usar palillos, gastar servilletas,
leer el peri?dico, ver la televisi?n, sentarse en una silla, ocupar una mesa, hacer aguas
mayores y menores, gastar papel y agua, lavarse las manos con jab?n, utilizar el secador, tirar
colillas al suelo, jugar a los dados, cartas o domin?, conocer gente y re?r o quejarse en voz alta.
Y, encima , decir que el due?o gana mucho dinero?.
Le?do en Casa Mor?n. Marqu?s de Viana, 42. MADRID.
A?CA?ADA.- C/ Fucar, 20. Bar y restaurante gallego, donde se puede saborear un pulpo y un
chorizo a la sidra con pan de hogaza memorables.
ABUELO, El.- C/ Victoria, 12. METRO SOL. Es quiz? el m?s famoso bar de Madrid para tomar
gambas, tanto al ajillo como a la plancha.
ABUELO RAM?N, El.- C/ Modesto Lafuente, 59. METRO IGLESIA. Buen lugar para tapear,
de los mejores de la zona. Tambi?n tiene restaurante.
AL PIL-PIL.- C/ Galileo, 21. METRO ARG?ELLES. (antiguo La Zamorana). Es una tasca t?pica
y tambi?n restaurante, en la que se pueden degustar tapas y raciones vascas regadas con un
AL SUR.- C/ Zurbar?n, 8. Local andaluz, con amplia variedad de montaditos, pesca?to frito y
AL TAPEO.- Plaza de San Juan de la Cruz. METRO RIOS ROSAS. Esta al lado de la Iglesia y
enfrente del Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, en el local que antes ocupaba una papeler?a. Es de
nueva construcci?n y posee una terraza de verano muy agradable para degustar su bacalao
con salmorejo, las patatas con mojo y los ahumados. Si el tiempo no acompa?a, el local est?
decorado con fotos de Madrid en blanco y negro.
ALAMBIQUE, El.- C/ Fucar 7. Es un sitio recomendable, ya que se trata de una taberna
tradicional con raciones de buen salmorejo y chorizo de cerdo. Tambi?n es restaurante.
CONTINUA EN UN TRAVELOGUE EN MI PAGINA DE MADRID
Tapas Bar: Tapas Bar, It's In The Name!
"Tapas Bar" Madrid is part of a national chain in Spain. I don't really like doing chains... especially of the Burger and fries variety. However this is a Tapas chain (obviously!) and we don't tend to get them back in the UK.
The Tapas Bar I used was on the Plaza De Santa Ana (well actually Prado, but you see it from the Plaza). Very reasonably priced and great food. Try the Montaditos; 6 for 9.95e... well worth the money. One of the cheapest Tapas bars I found too!
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La Musa: Original Tapas
Around lunchtime it is packed within 15min, so you probably have to wait for a table.
Try the tapa mix with goatcheese and red fruits !!! MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
The trendy, elegant vibe, and the creative and inexpensive menu of unique salads and tapas draw a stylish young crowd. The original Malasaña location offers a breakfast menu during the week, and a smaller lunch and dinner menu.
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: 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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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.
Cerveceria 100 Montaditos: Local chain & very reasonable prices
This was our first experience in Madrid. This is a franchising cafe there are many in Madrid.
It is like a fast food restaurant but a bit different. They have a menu full more than 100 tapas. Ordering is a bit hard but fun. This is a place if you wish to try different tapas.
Favorite Dish: I can't remember but we have ordered 6 - 7 tapas & 4 - 5 of them were good.
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Tapas is a local dish, which you can find almost everywhere around Madrid. It is something like snack, small dish in endlessly many varieties served in the evening.
Tapas restaurant are everywhere, just choose one.
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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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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...
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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