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Jan 5th, 2014, 04:06 PM
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Madrid restaurants

We will be staying in the Barrio de las letras area at the NH Paseo del Prado. How difficult is it to negotiate going into other areas for dinner? I see that the La Latina area has some good restaurants. Is that far to get to?
What are some good restaurants to check out--we lean towards the "foodie" side. Like interesting cuisine and want to try a good sampling of Spanish food. We will be there for four nights. Other than Barcelona, our trips have been more to France and Italy so I am pretty familiar with those cuisines and less with Spanish. I have a lot to learn!!!
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Jan 5th, 2014, 04:24 PM
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La Latina is maybe a 10-15 minute walk, not far at all. The center of Madrid is really compact. You can also take the metro to go farther afield or if you don't want to walk.
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Jan 5th, 2014, 05:23 PM
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There is an interesting tapas place in your hotel called Estado Puro. I had lunch there in October. The chef does some twists on traditional tapas - some successful and some not so successful (to me) but since it is right there you should certainly check it out.

There are a gazillion other restaurants in the area - on and around Calle Huertas. Going to La Latina is fun, too. You definitely won't find a shortage of options in Madrid.
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Jan 6th, 2014, 02:43 AM
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Had a wonderful and traditional meal at Casa Alberto in Calle Huertas, 18 (Barrio de las Letras)last time in Madrid. Popular booth with locals and tourists alike: http://www.casaalberto.es/
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http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...to-Madrid.html
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Jan 6th, 2014, 03:47 AM
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Great fried cod at Revuelto.. tiny old place near Plaza Mayor. A must stop!
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Jan 6th, 2014, 08:10 AM
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Second lin's rec of excellent Revuelta in C/Latoneros 3. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...ta-Madrid.html
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The famous fried cod at Revuelta: https://guidepal.com/madrid/restaurants/casa-revuelta
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Jan 6th, 2014, 02:48 PM
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Jan 6th, 2014, 06:18 PM
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We had a lovely meal and great service in a nice setting for very reasonable cost at La Finca de Susana, Calle de Arlabán. Recommended by a friend who lives in Madrid, it is one of a several restaurants operated by the Andilana Group in various Spanish cities - www.grupandilana.com/en/restaurants

For more casual dining - well, more like foodie grazing, actually - don't miss the mercado de San Miguel.
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Jan 7th, 2014, 03:01 AM
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There is an interesting restaurant run by young chefs: El Triciclo on Calle Santa María 28 (Barrio de las Letras)
http://www.eltriciclo.es/#!carta-menu-platos/c16fk
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Jan 7th, 2014, 03:09 AM
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Try some popular dishes from Galicia: Pulpo A Feira (slices of boiled octopus dressed with olive oil and paprika), Pimientos de Padrón (fried green peppers, some are hot), Cecina (dry cured beef).
O'Pulpo on Calle Cañizares 8, near Plaza de Santa Ana.
http://www.opulpo.com/
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Jan 7th, 2014, 04:53 AM
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Great options! Will definitely start with the Casa Alberto as it is close to the hotel for the first night. I'm feeling a little less overwhelmed with the choices that Madrid has to offer as well as the layout. Thanks
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Jan 7th, 2014, 05:19 AM
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You and Casa Alberto are also close to the best jazz and flamenco venues in town. Café Central has got live performances with top of the shelf artists every night at 10pm. Changing artists every week, and entrance some 10-15€. Fabulous atmosphere and good food also: http://www.cafecentralmadrid.com/

Casa Patas is arguably the best flamenco tablao in Spain during recent years: http://www.casapatas.com/

Excellent Cardamomo is also just around the corner: http://cardamomo.es/

So is the old "flamenco cathedral" Villa Rosa from 1911, right on the bustling Plaza Santa Ana. Great artists every now and then, and a quite spectacular place in itself: http://www.tablaoflamencovillarosa.com/en/
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Jan 7th, 2014, 06:37 AM
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IMO, La Finca de Susana is a chep option but not interesting for a 'foodie'.
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Jan 7th, 2014, 07:05 AM
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Definitely try all the tapas in the San Miguel Market (outside of Plaza Mayor) and then stop for coffee and churros con chocolate at the San Gines Chocolateria.
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Jan 7th, 2014, 08:24 AM
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Something for a basic tour through Spain's dishes at not-too-expensive venues.
Food from Galicia: pulpo (octopus), pimientos de padrón (fried green peppers). O'Pulpo on Calle Cañizares # 8. Metro: Antón Martín.
http://www.opulpo.com/

Food from Asturias: Cabrales cheese, Fabada (white bean stew), Sidra (natural apple cider). Carlos Tartiere on Calle Menorca # 35. Metro: Ibiza.
http://www.restaurantecarlostartiere.com/en_index.php

Food from Basque Country: Tortilla de bacalao (cod omelet), Alubias de Tolosa (black beans stew with black pudding), Merluza (hake fish), Chuletón (steak on the bone), Sidra (draught cider). Zerain on Calle Quevedo # 3. Metro: Antón Martín.
http://www.restaurante-vasco-zerain-...ia.es/english/

Food from Catalonia: Calçots (grilled green onions) --on season--, Bacalao a la llauna (baked salt cod), Escalivada (baked vegetables). Casa Jorge on Calle Cartagena # 104. Metro: Cartagena.
http://www.casajorge.com/

Food from Castile: Cordero (roast lamb), Cochinillo (roast suckling pig). Horno de Juan on Calle Lope de Rueda # 4. Metro: Goya.
http://www.hornodejuan.net/especialidades_hj.htm

Food from Andalusia: Pescaíto frito (fried fish), Espetos (grilled sardines), gambas (shrimp). El Tinterillo de Málaga on Carrera de San Jerónimo # 32. Metro: Sol or Sevilla. A funny experience, catch a dish as-can-catch.
http://www.eltinterillodemalaga.com/nuestras-fotos/

Food from Valencia: Rice dishes (paella & others). La Barraca on Calle de la Reina # 39. Metro: Gran Vía.
http://www.labarraca.es/?lang=en

Ham & cheese at a wine tavern called Almacén de Vinos (aka Casa Gerardo) on Calle Calatrava # 21. Metro: Puerta de Toledo. Ham, cheese, chorizo, wine.
http://elsibaritaaccidental.files.wo.../la-foto71.jpg

Basque tapas (pintxos). Txirimiri on Calle del Humilladero # 6. Metro: La Latina.
http://www.txirimiri.es/nuestra-carta/

Affordable seafood. Ribeira de Miño on Calle Santa Brígida # 1. Metro: Tribunal
http://www.marisqueriaribeiradomino....?wm=752&id=255

Sherry wines. La Venencia on Calle Echegaray on Calle Echegaray # 7. Metro: Sevilla. Traditional sherry tavern. They will not accept tips, at all. Please note the rule that there are no photos permitted while inside the establishment.
http://www.frommers.com/destinations...ghtlife/234588

Finally, a wine & tapas bar at Barrio de las Letras: Vinoteca Moratín on Calle Moratín # 36
http://www.vinotecamoratin.com/carta-de-vinos/
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Jan 8th, 2014, 07:48 AM
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Thanks for the recommendations, heading to Madrid this summer and need to revamp my selections.

If you're looking for a traditional restaurant with roasted lamb as its specialty I recommend Posada de la Villa , in Cava Baja near Plaza mayor.
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Jan 11th, 2014, 03:39 PM
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Oh my! Thanks. Am I right guessing that Madrid has food from all of the different areas? Not sure how I will absorb all of this.
Am wondering if we should make sure we try different styles of cooking or if it's good to go to Casa Alberto the first night, (good to be close to hotel and get over the jet lag) and also go to Posada delavilla another night since I love lamb.
We are big jazz fans so we can go to Café Central one night to see a show.
Should we book a show plus dinner at either cardamom or Casa Patas or dine elsewhere and see the show?
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Jan 11th, 2014, 04:04 PM
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The food at Casa Patas is fine and there's also a nice tapas bar here, but I would perhaps eat elsewhere and then go to either Cardamomo or Casa Patas just for the flamenco. You need to book ahead.
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Mar 20th, 2014, 01:35 PM
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Raoul_Duke: If your wallet was "the target of about 10 or 15 attempts by Madrid pickpockets prior to it being successfully lifted" and you were aware of it, WHY didn't you stop carrying it? Or at least remove your credit and debit cards from it?

There are pickpockets in any big city. In small towns, too, actually. But especially in places were there are lots of tourists. I doubt Madrid is any worse than Paris or Rome or London.

And did you really need to repeat this post on multiple threads, including one that was years old?
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