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    Palacio Criollo: nice just outside Madrid, Vacia

    by gwened Written Jul 5, 2015

    This is a nice surprise been coming to Madrid for several years and having lived there, I was taken to Rivas Vaciamadrid , easy on line 9 of the metro of Madrid but we came by car.

    the Palacio Criollo is an Argentinian style steakhouse and beef is king and we obliged.

    Very nice welcome and prompt service, the resto décor is a ranch old world style with stone and wood walls, very cozy.

    Favorite Dish: I had my bife chorizo cut very large 200 grms and tender well done really nice with fries and cruzcampo beers just right

    Palacio Criollo inside dining room
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    Txapela Euskal Taberna in Barcelona: Pintxos and mini sandwiches for afternoon tea

    by hopang Updated May 31, 2015

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    We wandered into this basque bar (euskal taberna in Spanish) while strolling along the high end retailers' street Passeig de Gracia in central Barcelona from Casa Mila to Casa Batilo and decided to have some afternoon tea inside. They place pintxos (pronounced pinchos) menu outside the Bar and on placemat on each table inside. We decided to try some of these pinchos or small snacks/sandwiches. They do serve hot or cold tapas behind glass counter as well. We understand that this Basque bar is famous for Sangria but we did not come here for the drinks.

    We opted for some pintxos instead with coffee and tea as it was too early for dinner and we were thirsty. We chose menu #12 (prawns pintxos) and menu #20 (the specialty of Txapela). Our fourth photograph depicts menu #12 which is the house specialty. Unfortunately we had forgotten to take some photographs before we consumed everything!

    Pintxos are served with a small bread just like canapés. The price of these pintxos is around €2.00 per piece. These pintxos are served in individual portions and are quite small. So the price is a little bit steep. Nevertheless these pintxos are really delicious. However the service was a little bit lackluster it has to be said as the area is very touristy with lots of foreign tourists. They have outdoor seating as well just in front of the Bar. It is certainly great for people watching if you decide to sit outside!

    Txapela Euskal Taberna in Barcelona Tapas counter at Txapela Euskal Taberna Tapas counter at Txapela Euskal Taberna Only the Txapela's specialty was left on the plate The pintxos menu of Txapela. courtesy of the Bar
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    Elvissa Restaurant in Barcelona: Local tapas and paellas

    by hopang Updated May 30, 2015

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    We love Spanish food especially tapas and paellas. We make sure that we did not miss these famous Spanish cuisines while in the city of Barcelona. Many tourists try to avoid dinning at Las Ramblas due to the fact that the food is overpriced and the quality of the food is poor. But we did not think so.

    Certainly many stalls at Las Ramblas serve tapas and paellas. They have outdoor seating under make-shift tents so the atmosphere is great. Many even take the opportunity to just drinking and people watching! We found it very convenient chilling out at Las Ramblas as our hotel is situated right in the heart of Las Ramblas.

    As advertised outside their restaurant, they had an offer price of just €10.50 with a choice of two tapas plus a plate of mouth-watering paella per person. We did not think we could finish all the food if we had ordered four set of meals. Fortunately it was just enough with three set of meals for four of us as we are really small eaters. We had to admit that the food was delicious, much better than the paellas we had eaten in Madrid.

    Favorite Dish: Without any doubt tapas and the delicious paellas.

    A choice of mouth-watering tapas at Elvissa They even have outdoor seating under a tent Seafood paella at Elvissa Restaurant Another of our favourite chicken paella Yet another seafood paella at Elvissa
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    El Faro: Expensive

    by solopes Updated Apr 7, 2015

    We stopped for lunch in Antequera, in a restaurant by the highway. The lunch was good but too expensive.

    I don't know if I had to pay for the many flies that made us company during the lunch.

    Antequera - Spain
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    Our most international dish.: PAELLA

    by Hosell Updated Jul 22, 2013

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    3 garlic cloves, minced

    4 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

    1g saffron strands or 1/2 teaspoon powdered saffron

    Coarse salt

    1/4 l (1 cup, 8 ounces) olive oil1

    1 kg (2 1/2 pounds) chicken, cut into small pieces (about 14)

    1/4 kg (1/2 pound) squid, cut into small pieces

    1/4 kg (1/2 pound) halibut, or any other fish, cut into small pieces

    1/2 kg (1/2 pound) swordfish, cut into small pieces

    1/2 kg (1 pound) small or medium shrimp, shelled

    1 medium onion, chopped

    2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped

    1 green pepper, chopped

    1 red pepper, chopped

    1/4 kg (1/2 pound) cooked small clams, in their shells

    1/2 kg (1 pound) cooked mussels, reserve few shells for decoration

    675g (3 cups, 1 1/2 pounds) short-grain rice

    1 lemon

    1 liter (4 cups, 1 3/4 pints) hot chicken broth

    3/4 l (3 cups, 24 ounces) hot fish broth

    1/2 kg (1 pound) large crayfish

    Parsley sprigs and lemon wedges for garnish

    Favorite Dish: PART II

    In small bowl or mortar, mash garlic, parsley, saffron and salt. Set aside. Heat olive oil in paella pan with a 15-inch (40 cm) base. Fry, stirring a few minutes. Remove to warm platter. Add chicken pieces, sprinkled with salt, and fry over high heat until golden on all sides. Remove to warm platter. Add squid, halibut and swordfish. Sprinkle with dash of salt and fry. Remove to warm platter. Add shrimp and saut about 3 minutes, or until barely pink. Remove to warm platter. Add chopped onion, tomato and peppers. Saut until soft. Return, chicken, fish and shrimp to the paella pan. Add parsley-garlic mixture. Add cooked clams and mussels. discard any that have not opened. Stir in rice, and juice of 1 lemon. Fry for 2 or 3 minutes. Pour over the hot chicken and fish broth, while stirring. Bring to fast boil. Decorate with large crayfish around the edge of paella pan. Simmer for 20 minutes, without stirring. Turn off heat and shake pan lightly to prevent rice from sticking. Cover with dry towel for 10 minutes. This allows rice to absorb any excess broth. Garnish with lemon wedges and parsley sprigs before serving.

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    Bar Los Torreznos SL, Madrid: Great tapas bar at Calle Goya in Madrid

    by hopang Updated Jul 19, 2013

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    This is an excellent tapas bar - a genuine tapas bar in our opinion. We ordered two plates of mouth-watering tapas, one of them is known as calamares (squid) which is our favourite tapas. From the receipt that we are still keeping with us, the food are pulpo gallega (costs 14.00 euros) and chopitos (costs 8.50 euros). These tapas came with usual Spanish bread porcion de pan. Customers sit at the bar to chill out although there are seatings outside the restaurant too. There is a 32" led television screen on the wall near the entrance for customers who sit at the bar to enjoy. When we were there the tv channel was showing Conferations Cup football match involving Spain against if we are not mistaken Tahiti. Spain were actually thrashing them that night!

    Prices of food and drinks at this tapas bar are a little bit expensive but the tapas are tasty and great. These tapas together with two glasses of freshly squeezed orange juices cost 29 euros for two.

    Favorite Dish: Calamares tapas was our favourite from this tapas bar.

    Calamares tapas - our favourite Excellent tapas Mouth-watering tapas Great tapas bar Waiting for our mouth-watering tapas
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    Restaurante Zass in Madrid: Excellent Western fastfood

    by hopang Updated Jul 17, 2013

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    Restaurante or Cafeteria Zass is a western fastfood restaurant located within a stone's throw from the large Spanish departmental store El Corte Inglés at Calle Goya in the district of Salamanca. After eating spanish food every day and night especially Spanish tapas and paella, we have decided to try some western food. To our surprise the western food served in the restaurant are really delicious. We ordered the normal chicken meal complete with the usual fresh sallads, french fries and bread (as depicted on our third photograph) and the other a slightly different style of western food perhaps only available in Madrid in particular and Spain in general the fried squid rings with the usual fresh sallads, french fries and bread (depicted on our second photograph).

    The interior of the restaurant is equipped with amenities comparable to any of the fastfood restaurants in most large cities in Europe. The restaurant is of course self-service. There are two floors and upper floor is more cosy and less crowded. If we are not mistaken the meals complete with softdrinks cost us just 8.00 euros each. Opening hours to the restaurant are between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. daily.

    Favorite Dish: The fried squid rings must be our favourite dish from the restaurant/cafeteria as Spanish dishes with some ingredients of squid are so popular in Spain. We do not understand Spanish language. Perhaps you can read some reviews on the food in the restaurant at the website below if you understand Spanish! The exact location of Restaurante Zass is also indicated on the map in the website below.

    Excellent western fastfood at Zass Delicious fried squid rings with sallads and fries Delicious fast food at Zass Main entrance to Zass with outdoor seatings
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    Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid: Great Spanish tapas at 1.00 euro each

    by hopang Updated Jul 14, 2013

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    Mercado de San Miguel is never short of delicious mouth-watering tapas and most of them are generally reasonably priced due to keen competition between these dealers. Not sure whether we should classify this tip under shopping tips. But we would prefer to classify this tip under restaurants tips.

    Believe it or not you can taste any of these mouth-watering Spanish tapas as depicted on our five photographs above at just 1.00 euro per piece. Just eat and go as most local and foreign tourists do! The great olive tapas are certainly our favourite as Spanish olives are really tasty. There are many foodstalls selling these 1.00 euro per piece tapas. So take the opportunity to taste some of the most delicious and finest Spanish tapas whenever you visit Mercado de San Miguel in the city of Madrid! You can also quench your thirst at many of the fresh fruit juice stalls at Mercado de San Miguel. Many of these Spanish fruit juices are mixed from a variety of fruits. Other than your immediate excellent food and drinks, not many other kinds of shopping are available at Mercado de San Miguel except for a few local fashion clothing outlets.

    Opening hours to Mercado de San Miguel are between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 midnight from Sunday to Wednesday and between 10.00 a.m. and 2.00 a.m. from Thursday to Saturday. So you certainly can enjoy your evening at Mercado de San Miguel.

    Favorite Dish: Our favourite Spanish tapas at Mercado de San Miguel are the truly delicious olive tapas which are available at just 1.00 euro per piece.

    Great 'eat and go' tapas at Mercado de San Miguel Mouth-watering tapas at Mercado de San Miguel Great economy Spanish tapas Spanish tapas at its best at Mercado de San Miguel Our favourite delicious Spanish olive tapas
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    Casa Rua in Madrid: Delicious squid sandwich

    by hopang Updated Jul 14, 2013

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    Casa Rua "los mejores" is a small fast food restaurant/tapas bar serving among others the ever popular squid sandwiches known as Bocadillos de Calamares. The cost of this squid sandwich is only 2.85 euros per piece (as depicted on the sign outside the restaurant - our photograph above). The restaurant is usually crowded during the summer months as Bocadillos de Calamares is highly recommended to local and foreign tourists visiting the city. You may have to queue up to place your order. There are also seating on the upper floor of the restaurant for customers who wish to eat at the restaurant. Don't miss this popular squid sandwiches whenever you visit Plaza Mayor in the city of Madrid!

    Favorite Dish: We can only think of the popular Bocadillos de Calamares for our light meal as Mercado San Miguel is so close nearby which has so many light "eat and go" tapas for you to taste!Nevertheless the red signboard posted outside the restaurant with the words "los mejores" immediately below the name of the restaurant Casa Rua (as depicted on our fifth photograph) literally means "the best" in Spanish. How true it is!

    Restaurant Casa Rua in Madrid Main entrance to Casa Rua Bocadillos de Calamares The popular squid sandwich Casa Rua Los Mejores
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    Restaurant Danieli in Madrid: Excellent Paella Valenciana

    by hopang Updated Jul 6, 2013

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    Restaurant Danieli in actuality is an Italian restaurant. But they also serve some good Spanish dishes. We came here one evening for one of our favourite Spanish food in frying pan, i.e. Paella Valenciana. They also serve reasonably priced breakfast early in the morning and most of the customers who patronise the restaurant for breakfast are mainly room guests from Hotel Convencion. There is a bar for diners who prefer to eat tapas and drink beer at the bar. A bottle of mineral water for Ho, a glass of red wine for Pang, starter and appetiser as depicted on our second photograph and our favourite frying pan Paella Valenciana (our main photograph) cost a total of just 33.00 euros which does not cost a fortune!

    Favorite Dish: Our favourite dish is of course Paella Valenciana.

    Excellent paella Valenciana Starter and appetiser Great Spanish food Restaurant Danieli interior Bar at Restaurant Danieli
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    O Gato Negro: Traditional Galician

    by haikutaxi Written Mar 21, 2013

    A simple traditional place (always crowded because it's so good). The "pulpo a la gallega' we ordered was perfectly tender and delicious. A variety of tapas and good inexpensive red wine served in ceramic cups. This place just makes you feel at home. The service was efficient even though the place was constantly full. Atmosphere is what you expect from a traditional local bar!

    Favorite Dish: The "pulpo a la gallega' we ordered was perfectly tender and delicious. Tiny clams. Pimientons de Padron, a.k.a. Padron peppers (tiny green peppers from the Galicia region of Spain that are a popular tapas treat throughout Spain) ... I got "hooked" on these in Caldas de Reis.

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    Tortilla espanola

    by GentleSpirit Written Jan 23, 2013

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    A thick egg omelet with potatoes, some onion and fried in olive oil. You will often see these premade. They can be eaten hot or cold, as a snack or a meal.

    For those of you coming from North America you will be used to thinking of the tortilla as the maize tortilla from Mexico. They are not the same. In Spain a tortilla is an omlet, it is also called tortilla de patatas.

    These are definitely very good, you will see them served everywhere in Spain. Delicious

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    Cerveceria 100 Montaditos: Spanish "starbucks" and "subway" combo...

    by kls67 Written Oct 25, 2012

    This is a great place for cheap food and cheap beer....also a wonderful place to people watch and meet fellow travelers. The sandwiches are small but filled with yummy goodness. There’s anything and everything on this menu: salmon, ham, solomillo, tuna, and more. No matter how many sandwiches you order you also get a nice handful of chips, free! They also offer salads for around 6 euro. Make sure to check them out on a Wednesday because that’s when all sandwiches are only 1 euro – but if you don’t get there early, be prepared to wait in line! There were three of us and we always got the big "sampler" plate - I think there were about 12 little sandwiches with chips and olives. Stand in line, grab a menu and pencil on your order, hand it to the cashier, pay and find a seat!!!

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    La Via asador: good local food at La via, Vaciamadrid

    by gwened Written Sep 22, 2012

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    a nice asador in eastern Madrid off the A3 road to Valencia, in the town of rivas vaciamadrid.
    the ambiance is very local friendly and guests are warmly welcome, with AC to cool your hot Madrid days.
    It is in a business park poligono industrial Santa Ana, but worth the detour if on your way to Valencia from Madrid.
    The food is Castilian ,and done with a local touch by friendly staff. A nice reprieve from inner city Madrid. The prices are local too , full menus from 9,50€

    Summers there is a very nice terrace outdoors too. open weekends.

    Favorite Dish: caballa zamorana a delightful fish dish fully loaded with red peppers and garlic, with a nice flan or rice pudding, and white wine from comunidad de Madrid or a nice mahou local beer.

    Asador La Via entrance terrace bar outdoors at asador La Via
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    Chill Out Bar, Palma Nova: Delicious Spanish food

    by hopang Updated Sep 8, 2012

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    The dish as depicted on our main photograph is known as Paella Valenciana which is a popular Spanish cuisine. Paella in Spanish means "frying pans". The ingredients include the traditional Spanish rice, chopped chickens, chopped rabbits, onions, tomatoes, paprika, green beans, olive oil and mussels. The dish usually served with cut lemons. Try it whenever you take your vacation in Palma in particular or any Spanish cities in general. We certainly enjoy our dinner in the restaurant that evening in Palma Nova in August 2012!

    Favorite Dish: Our favourite dish is the traditional Paella Valenciana which is the famous Spanish food.

    Traditional Paella Valenciana dish The Chill Out Bar in Palma Nova
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