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Help me narrow down the Madrid list

Restaurants. From your list I'd pick three assorted experiences:
* O Pazo. An unforgettable seafood experience.
* DiverXO, well-deserved 3 Michelin stars.
* Sacha is a bistro which never goes wrong, its pickled oysters, its marrowbone with sauce…

Tapas bars:
* Either Laredo or Catapa, both in the same area.
* Puerta 57, Barra Cibeles. Excellent for classic tapas.
* La Venencia for sherry tasting.

Self-guided tapas tours:

Apr 19, 2014
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Madrid, BCN & Granada - recs for non-foodies (but still good local food)

Self guided tapas tours in Madrid

Apr 02, 2014
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Food Blogs - Madrid, Seville, Granada, Barcelona

Here's an updated map of self-guided tapas tours in Madrid:

Mar 20, 2014
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Dinner with children in Madrid

Madrid is kid-friendly, don't concern about this. You can easily find casual restaurants for families. E.g. a chain called Gino's which runs from 1pm at midday and from 8pm for dinners.

Mar 20, 2014
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Barcelona/Madrid Honeymoon in May

Tapas routes in Madrid:

Mar 15, 2014
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Madrid Dinner Questions

Best jamón? Try the Joselitos Trilogy at Álbora on Calle Jorge Juan 33 (Salamanca neighborhood)

I strongly recommend the chipirones encebollados (squid with onions) or the bacalao al pil-pil (cod) at Dantxari

Mar 15, 2014
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Suggestions near hotel in Madrid

There are lots of bars and cafes in that area. Some suggestions:
Small bistrot: La Tragantúa

Cheese, jamón and wine tasting: Casa González on Calle León 12.

Snacks at DOCC on Calle del Prado 28.

Hot chocolate & churros at Chocolat Bar on Calle Santa María corner with Calle San José:

Mar 15, 2014
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Critique my list & need some help for Barcelona, San Sebastian, Rioja, Madrid

Paella y Olé (what a ridiculous name!) at stalls 9-10

Feb 11, 2014
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Allergy-friendly Spanish food

You'll love the 'escalivada' with tuna.



Sepia con all i oli (grilled cuttlefish with garlic mayonnaise)

Tortilla de patata (egg, fried potato, onion)

Feb 09, 2014
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It's a good restaurant but I like better something "with more personality".

Feb 08, 2014
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Miscellaneous eats for 3 days in Madrid:

Taberna Gaztelupe on Calle del Comandante Zorita 32. Classic Basque cuisine.

Tapas at StreetXO and Imanol. Gourmet Experience, El Corte Inglés, 9th floor, Plaza de Callao.

Cordero asado (roast lamb) at La Posada de la Villa on Cava Baja 9.

Feb 08, 2014
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Platea Madrid, the new gastronomic attraction open doors in May

Feb 05, 2014
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Critique my list & need some help for Barcelona, San Sebastian, Rioja, Madrid

Tapa: Orejitas de cordero (lamb ears with green peppers) at Bar Achuri
Tapa: Champi a la plancha (grilled champignon) at Bar ángel
Tapa: Matrimonio (salt anchovy with green pepper) at Bar Blanco y Negro
Tapa: Brocheta de langostino y piña (prawn with natural pineapple brochette) at Bar Juan y Pinchamé
Tapa: Sepia a la plancha (grilled cuttlefish) at Bar La Rueda
Tapa: Pincho de pulpo (boiled octopus brochette) at Pulpería La Universidad
… and whatever you want.

Feb 05, 2014
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Four Days in Madrid - Specific Questions

This is really surprising. According to the website --in Spanish-- Viridiana open daily. Try to make online a reservation for a Sunday.

Feb 05, 2014
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Critique my list & need some help for Barcelona, San Sebastian, Rioja, Madrid

In Logroño, I'd do a funny tapas crawl through Laurel St. unmissable!

Feb 02, 2014
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Critique my list & need some help for Barcelona, San Sebastian, Rioja, Madrid

My suggestion for a Sunday night in Madrid is Viridiana.

Feb 02, 2014
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Four Days in Madrid - Specific Questions

* There is a great restaurant open on Sunday night: Viridiana.

* Monday: Dantxari. Basque cuisine. Try: baby squid with onion, piquillo peppers stuffed with crab, hake 'ondarresa'.

* Tuesday: Club Allard

* Wednesday: El Senador. Try: either cordero lechal asado (roast suckling lamb) or cochinillo (roast suckling pig).

* Best breakfast at La Rotonda, under the dome.

*DOCC on calle del Prado 28, near the Westin Palace. Breakfast and snacks.

Feb 02, 2014
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How is Madrid if you don't eat meat?

Madrid is home to the second biggest fish market in the world, second only to the enormous Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.

Touring a bit of everthing:
Bocadillo de calamares (squid sandwich) at La Campana on Calle Bordadores next to Plaza Mayor.

Calamares en su tinta (squid cooked in its ink) at Restaurante La Puebla on Calle Ventura de la Vega 32 (nearby Plaza de Santa Ana).

Gambas a la plancha (grilled shrimp) and oysters at La Paloma on Calle Toledo 85 (La Latina).

Gambas al ajillo (shrimp fried in garlic and olive oil) at La Casa del Abuelo on Calle Victoria (nearby Puerta del Sol).

Bacalao rebozado (battered cod) at Revuelta on Calle Latoneros 3 (nearby Plaza Mayor).

Boquerones en vinagre (anchovies marinated in vinegar) at Bodegas Ricla on Calle Cuchilleros 6 (nearby Plaza Mayor).

Anchoas (salt anchovies) at La Anchoíta on Calle Jesús 4 (nearby Paseo del Prado).

Mejillones (mussels) at El Rocío on Pasaje Matheu 2 (nearby Puerta del Sol).

Pulpo a la gallega (slices of boiled octopus dressed with paprika and olive oil) and almejas a la marinera (clams in sauce) at O'Pulpo on Calle Cañizares 8 (nearby Plaza de Santa Ana).

Navajas (razor clams) and pimientos de Padrón (fried peppers) at Cruz on Calle Maldonadas corner with Plaza de Cascorro (La Latina).

Sardines at Santurce on Plaza Genaral Vara del Rey 14 (La Latina).

Pescaíto frito (fried fish Andalusian style) at El Tinterillo de Málaga on Carrera de San Jerónimo 32 (nearby Puerta del Sol).

Atún en escabeche (marinated tuna) and croquetas de bacalao at Casa Labra on Calle Tetuán, next to Puerta del Sol.

Dry sherry and mojama (dried cured tuna) at La Venencia on Calle Echegaray 7 (nearby Plaza de Santa Ana).

Affordable seafood at Ribeira do Miño on Calle Santa Brígida 1 (nearby Chueca).

Chipirones encebollados (baby squid with onions), txangurro (minced spider crab meat with sauce, baked in the crab shell), bacalao al pil-pil (cod in sauce), merluza rellena de txangurro (fried hake stuffed with crab).

Jan 26, 2014
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Jamón ibérico, new labels

The rules were "enormously confused", leaving consumers in Spain and abroad puzzled about what they were buying.
Under the new rules, labels must tell shoppers if the product came from a pig that was 100 percent ibérico or of a lesser percentage, depending solely on verified breeding records.
The number of categories of jamon iberico was sliced from four to three: "bellota (acorn)" for a pig fattened on acorns in open fields; "cebo de campo" (field feed) for a pig fattened in open fields on natural grazing and fodder; and "cebo (feed)" for a pig raised in a feeding pen.

Jan 10, 2014
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Wedding banquet locations in San Sebastian (or nearby)

Mirador de Ulía, the best view in town.

Dec 28, 2013
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Spanish vermouth / aperitif / digestif

Oct 28, 2013
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Suggestions for fine dining Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon

Some tips in Madrid.
A temple of seafood for splurge dining: O'Pazo

Unpretentious restaurants, bars, hole-in-the-walls:
O'Pulpo on Calle Cañizares # 8, nearby Plaza Santa Ana. Pulpo a feira (boiled octopus dressed with veg oil and paprika), almejas a la marinera (clams in sauce).

La Casa del Abuelo on Calle Victoria # 12, nearby the Puerta del Sol. Gambas al ajillo (shrimp in garlic).

Taberna Alhambra on Calle Victoria # 9, nearby the Puerta del Sol. Mojama (salt-cured tuna).

El Rocío on Pasaje Matheu # 2, nearby the Puerta del Sol. Tigre (mussel that has been stuffed, breaded and fried).

Casa Labra on Calle Tetuán # 12, next to the Puerta del Sol. Croquetas de bacalao (cod croquettes). Atún en escabeche (pickled tuna).

Revuelta on Calle Latoneros # 3, nearby the Plaza Mayor. Pincho de bacalao (battered cod snack).

Bodegas Ricla on Calle Cuchilleros # 6, nearby the Plaza Mayor. Boquerones en vinagre (fresh anchovies marinated in vinegar). Beverage: vermut de grifo (vermouth on draught).

La Campana on Calle Botoneras # 6, next to the Plaza Mayor. Calamari sandwich.

La Barra de Sandò on Plaza Santo Domingo # 13, Hotel Santo Domingo. Tosta de anchoas sobre pimiento asado (a toast topped with roasted red pepper and salt anchovies).

Oct 10, 2013
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Some casual eateries not to miss in Malasaña:
* In Situ on Calle Valverde # 40. Trendy restaurant.
* La Ardosa on Calle Colón # 13 for tapas: salmorejo, tortilla, cecina (beef jerky), croquetas and vermut on tap.
* Antigua Huevería (literally, Former Eggshop) on Calle San Vicente Ferrer # 32. Reco: huevos rotos con queso de cabra y cebolla caramelizada ('broken' eggs with goat cheese and sauted onion).

As for cochinillo (suckling pig) try El Senador on Plaza de la Marina Española:

Sep 10, 2013
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Madrid, Barrio Salamanca: Tapas, Casual Meals and Sunday Ideas

In addition:

La Fornia is a Spanish restaurant which offer good meat and other home-style cooked dishes. The 'Menú del Día' is available for lunch on workdays.

Ganzo, tapas bar and restaurant on Calle General Pardiñas # 64. Try the 'pincho de solomillo' (sirloin snack).

El Rincón de Jaén on Calle Don Ramón del Cruz # 88 and 101. Andalusian tapas for free with your drink. Local atmosphere.

Aug 27, 2013
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Where to buy cazuelas/paella pans in Madrid?

'Roalu' on Calle San Vicente Ferrer #12 (Malasaña neighborhood) is one of the best stocked stores in saucepans and all kind of kitchenware.

Aug 27, 2013
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El Celler de Can Roca, World's Best Restaurant 2013

El Celler de Can Roca, World's Best Restaurant 2013 according to The Restaurant Magazine, congratulations!!


Apr 29, 2013
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Help need vegetarian restaurant near hotel Preciados (opera area,Callao metro) Madrid

Artemisa on Calle de las Tres Cruces 4, within a walkable distance from the Preciados.

Apr 29, 2013
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Lisbon/Madrid: Two weeks of highs and lows! (long report...)

LOS GATOS on Calle Jesús is a tourist trap.

Apr 23, 2013
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Reminiscing Dali Menu in Madrid

The Westin Palace hotel welcomes the exhibition of Salvador Dali in the Reina Sofía museum. Starting on April 23rd and in partnership with the Culinary Association L'Cuina Empordanet and supported by the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, "The Palace" will take you closer to the personality of the great artist through their culinary tastes.

Apr 21, 2013
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Madrid - Lunch and Dinner Seafood recommendations

In La Chalana don't miss the "parrillada de mariscos" (grilled shellfish) washed down with sidra (cider on tap).
I love Dantxari, my favorite dishes are "chipirones encebollados" (baby squid cooked with onion), bacalao al pil-pil !! (salt cod cooked with garlic and olive oil) and merluza rellena de centollo (hake stuffed with crab). Don't miss the desserts: apple tartle or "leche frita".

Apr 17, 2013
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