My restaurants and bars of Madrid

This is a daunting task as there is so much good choice,and dont usually take photos of restaurants or food. However, as in Madrid will love to share my past culinary adventures with you all.

First,the cheapest and quickest way to eat in Madrid or Spain for that matter, is at the bars and cafés that serve tapas. You have to check that some bars more of the pubs style do not serve food. Family runs places like Ventas,Posadas,Mesones,and Fondas all old words for different types of inn serve inexpensive sit down food so look for their names.

Second, eating habits are way different than anywhere else I have notice in my travels outside , the breakfast is two (desayunos) ,the first is light meal of biscuits toasts,coffee with milk or cafe con leche, butter or jam ; then the second is more substantial between 10h to 11h,there you may have a bocadillo (sandwich) with sausage,ham or chorizo or cheese or a tortilla de patatas (potato omelette),fruit juice, coffee or beer. Then by around 13h some will start to have a drink at a bar then by 14h you sit down for the Almuerzo or lunch which is the main meal of the day. The  Merienda follows by 17h30 to 18h with some pastries ,sandwiches or cakes with coffee,tea,or juice as well as snacks like churros (fried batter sticks). By 19h bars are crowded with folks having tapas with sherry, beer or wine. The dinner or la Cena  begins by 21h ,and sometimes in summer service begins earlier for tourists. Spanish families tend to eat even later, I have had dinner as late as 23h30 start time.

Some bargains can be had by choosing the platos combinados or mix dish or the menu del dia, menu of the day. The platos are given in less expensive places  as the menu of the day is more formal. Some expensier places offered nowdays a menu de degustacion or tasting menu. The menu in Spanish is call the la Carta.  All places welcome children who are the king/queen there,and if ask will offered smaller portions for them. For paying you say La Cuenta por favor or the bill please. Tipping is not obligatory and the service charge is enough included in the bill, however, I always tip a small amount and if one of my regular places as much as 5% extra.

places of mine are:

La Bola, calle de la Bola 5, the best cocido madrileño in town, stew dish from Madrid. Resto goes back to 1870. http://www.labola.es/

Casa Patas, Calle Canizares 10, tapas bar and flamenco, the best of both worlds. http://www.casapatas.com/

Casa Ciriaco, Calle Mayor 84 tel +34 91 548 0620; near the Royal Palace and known for a great gallina en papitoria (chicken with eggs and saffron).

Botin, Calle de Cuchilleros 17, oldest restaurant in the world from 1725; traditional Castilian roast lamb and pig. http://www.botin.es/web/?q=el_restaurante

La Barraca, Calle de la Reina,29; Valencia style paella, first class one of my family favorites. http://www.labarraca.es/

Casa Paco,plaza Puerta Cerrada,11. great cebon de buey thick juicy steak forever Lol! http://www.casapaco1933.com/

La Taberna del Pescador, Calle Manuel Pombo Angulo,18, the fish is king here, seafood galore freshly done, the owner is a fisherman lol!  tel +34 917 504 794. metro palas de rey tramway about one hour from Puerta del Sol.

Casa Mingo, Paseo de la Florida,34 near Principe Pio. Asturian ciders and more open started from miners from Asturia, the real thing in Madrid. Many anecdotes here with the family and friends over the years. webpage is at http://www.casamingo.es/

Las Cuevas de Luis Candela, calle Cuchilleros 1, Castilian and roask suckling pig at its very best in wood oven. A family tradition going back to my grandparents that I continue with my wife and boys. http://www.lascuevasdeluiscandelas.es/

Casa Alberto, calle de las Huertas, 18. Castilian good for years and years since 1827. Another favorite really ! http://www.casaalberto.es/

L’Albufera at Melia Castilla hotel, not often hotel restos but this one was different. Capitan Haya 45, Cuzco. Valencian cuisine and rices galore ! http://www.meliacastilla.com/en/restaurant.html

resto at the Royal Theater or Teatro Real, mediterranean cuisine in an splendid setting for a romantic night. Plaza de Oriente ,5, site http://www.teatro-real.com/es/informacion-general/servicios-del-teatro/

Paradis Casa de America, Paseo de Recoletos,2. Excellent resto inside the Casa or house of the Americas that occupies the magnificent Palace of Linares.Near Cibeles fountain. Friends took me here in October 2010 and it was fantastic. http://www.ambient-paradis.com/en/node/974

Cafe Gijon, Paseo de Recoletos, 21 ;One of the classic for literary discussions and a light meal over a drink talk with friends, one of my meeting places in Madrid. tel +34 915 215 425; Metro Colon line 4.

Cafe de la Opera, calle Arrieta 6, in front of Teatro Real or royal theater. Excellent and refine, opera style, they sing Lol! http://www.elcafedelaopera.com/s_restaurante.php

Florida Park, inside the Retiro park, spectacles and fine dining with a show, the very best, and very nostalgic. Way back in my youth this was a community center where dances were held, now if you had a girl you could come here . I did ::) http://www.floridapark.net/

Asador de Aranda, castilian at its best and still going strong, at Plaza de Castilla 3 and other locations in the city,and elsewhere in Spain.   http://www.asadordearanda.com/

Cafe de Oriente, one of the traditional and a nice area. Plaza de Oriente 2, near Opera and royal Palace. http://grupolezama.es/portal/cafe-de-oriente/home

Real Cafe Bernabeu in the magnificent best Real Madrid Santiago Bernabeu stadium, with full view of the field. Metro Santiago Bernabeu line 10, cant missed it.http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/en/1202813988414/AforoVip/1202813988414.htm?idFinal=1202813787317&idNodo=1202814002681

Posada de la Villa ,from an old posada or inn of 1642. exquisite. Calle de la Cava Baja,9 http://www.posadadelavilla.es/

Taberna del Capitan alastriste.Calle Grafal 7 near Cava Baja, La Latina, try Chuletadas al Capitan or chops of the captain, delicious. http://www.tabernadelcapitanalatriste.com/

Los Galayos, Calle Botonera 5, plaza Mayor, the Madrid of yesteryear ,doing it here since 1894.http://www.losgalayos.net/

Marisqueria Ribeira do Miño, Calle Santa Brigida ,1.Best seafood fresh and daunty, with a great ambiance always until very late.  Galicia in Madrid. http://www.marisqueriaribeiradomino.com/es/estaticas/index.asp?wm=753&id=256

Cañas y Tapas, the best beer place with the locals in mind and modern. Several in town, the Vaguada, Diego de Leon, and Atocha locations are great ambiance. webpage here http://www.tapaspain.com/web2.0/index.php/busca-tu-cyt

VIPS, the best cafeterias in Madrid for a quick bite and soft landing on your money, several all over town. go to localizador in the bottom of link http://www.grupovips.com/flash.php they also handle Starbucks and TGIFridays franchises in Spain.

Cafe Restaurante El Espejo, paseo de recoletos, 31/another institution on a well travel road, my first taste of Madrid with my new wife back in 1990 and one of our sure stops always after that date. You wont go wrong here while watching Madrid walk by you on Recoleto that continues north passing Plaza de Colon towards Castellana and then south to Cibeles fountain and plaza. webpage  http://www.restauranteelespejo.com/

Asador de la Esquina, another Real Madrid institution at the stadium by door 46 or puerta 46,ave Concha Espina 1. Exquisite Castilian with great cuts of meat.  tel +34 91 443 0675/47. http://www.realmadrid.com/cs/Satellite/es/ESTADIO/1193040472501/GenericoContenedor/Restaurantes.htm

Pasteleria Mallorca, has the best pastries in Madrid for years…lately it has gone into restaurant too, the one at Calle Serrano 6 is a dandy not to miss. webpage here http://www.pasteleria-mallorca.com/ the store at Puerta del Sol sell its pastries yummy too.

La Giralda, calle Claudio Coello, 24, metro Retiro. Andalucia in Madrid. other locations in the city. Great pescaito frito or fry fish. http://www.restauranteslagiralda.com/

Mercado de San Miguel, plaza de San Miguel metro Sol, great for tapas and old ambiance of Madrid. This is a must it was renovated a couple of years back and its back to its old style as I knew it.  Events every week for tasting of different tapas and wines, http://www.mercadodesanmiguel.es/

El Pescador, Jose Ortega y Gasset, 75 the great Madrid seafood place always good. Another Galician beauty in Madrid. http://www.marisqueriaelpescador.net/

Pinocchio, Italian at excellent value and great ambiance at General Yagüe 8 metro santiago bernabeu line 10. other locations in the city as well, webpage is at http://www.pinocchio.es/donde/donde_generalyague.htm

El Rodizio, when I want to go back to Brazil, this is it. great cuts of beef here,and with samba ambiance lol! Calle Medea 4, just cornering Calle Alcala out of city center a bit but easy on metro line 5 Suanzes, my neck of the woods for non tourist area too. http://www.elrodizio.com/

Taberna Antonio Sanchez, founded in 1830 by a torero of the same name who died in 1964. painter Ignacio Zuloaga had paintings here. Calle Meson de Paredes,13, metro line 1 Tirso de Molina. tel +34 91 539 78 26. no webpage but by now on many press clippings. do not missed the rabo de toro or bulls oxtails stew yummy.

El Tocororo, Cuba in Madrid, newer version, great ambiance modern premises, not bad for a Cuban in Madrid. Calle del Prado,3 metro Sevilla line 2. they have live music of course ::) and great tostones rellenos de camarones or stuff shrimp plantains. http://www.el-tocororo.com/

La Vaca Argentina, you guess it Argentinian beef is very good, all cuts,for the beef eater in you, great steakhouses. My favorite is at AZCA shopping center in Castellana, see webpage here http://www.lavacaargentina.net/categoria/3/12/2/azca

TGIFriday’s, the American in Madrid, an old time favorite of mine, and conveniently located at the Esquina del Bernabeu Real Madrid complex first floor. ave Concha Espina,3. webpage http://www.grupovips.com/flash.php go to localizador at the bottom for address and contact info VIPS is the franchise for Spain.

Centro Cubano de España,(closed) is a restaurant near the USA embassy at Calle Claudio Coello ,41, metro Serrano . it is the oldest Cuban restaurant in Europe !!! open in 1967. Many times there as a youth to eat,and many times for free to help political refugees from Cuba. webpage is not the greatest just the contact infor, but it has live music and great authentic food of Cuba. http://www.elcentrocubano.com/

Cerveceria Los Timbales, Calle Alcala 227.metro Ventas Line 5. a bullfigher delight next to the Monumental, and a hangout of old. very richly decorated and great ambiance in the evenings. no web tel +34 91 725 0768.

Chocolateria San Gines, Pasadizo de San Gines,5, near Puerta del Sol, a must as it is nostalgic for me, my mom used to take me there when as a kid love those churros dip in hot chocolates ,yummy. Metro sol line 1,2,3,cercanias. Tel +34 91 365 6546.

Museo del Jamon, Gran Via 72; metro Plaza de España line 2,3,and 10.Other good locations at Atocha and Alcala, http://www.museodeljamon.es/mj.html

Many many others of just passing and stopping, Madrid has more per sq km than any other city in Europe. buen provecho, vale. ok enjoy it. Cheers!!!

 

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