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MADRID--Restaurants, & tapas bars--please advise!

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I am headed to Madrid for four nights in January and am seeking ideas on how to make the most of my limited time in the Spanish capital. I had my first European restaurant meal at Botin, a long time ago, and have returned only a few times in the years since so I have very little idea of the dining scene.

We are interested mostly in traditional food, both Castilian and seafood, in a comfortable setting. I hope to try at least one seafood restaurant and , possibly, one restaurant/asador devoted to the suckling lamb known as lechazo. We do not have a strict budget but I am not interested in formal/stuffy restaurants or Michelin 3-starred places. We are looking for places favored by people interested more in great food than in fancy atmosphere. Do not want to spend 300 Euro for a meal. We will be staying near the Prado, so anything close by is a plus but we are more than willing to travel for great food.

My early research has turned up a few names; please comment on these and add your ideas.

Also, tell me your favorite tapas bars and their specialties, please.

Spanish-language only is fine.



El Gran Barril--seafood. Open Sundays, which will be our first night in the city.
http://www.elgranbarril.com/

La Trainera--seafood http://www.latrainera.es/

Alkalde--Basque. Recommended by Maribel but I have read a few poor reports on English-language online sites. Open Sundays. http://www.alkalderestaurante.com/


Orixe--Galician http://www.orixerestaurante.com/


And finally, three asadores (famous for roast meats) that get mentioned often in the context of lamb in Madrid--please let me know if you have any opinions on these:


Asador de Aranda--which branch is best, if any? http://www.asadordearanda.com/

Asador Aranduero http://www.asadoraranduero.es/

Asador Tierra Randa (no website?)

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