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Hay que comer con apetito en Madrid!

An October 2005 trip to Madrid by soleil17

Quote: Since I recently moved to Madrid, I will keep an ongoing journal of my latest culinary finds in the capital. So join me in my ongoing quest to find quality eateries in the land of tapas, raciones, and full-out meals.
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The best time to visit Tao is at lunch, when three bento box set-menu deals are available. One is 13€, and the other two are 15€. The average 15€ set-menu lunch includes lobster salad or miso soup, a maki roll, a bento box with teriyaki chicken, teriyaki salmon, a shrimp skewer, fried rice, dessert (ice cream, sorbet, chocolate cake, or coffee), and a beverage (Heineken, glass of wine, soft drink, or water). There are very few places to get good sushi in Madrid, so this is one place to try if you have a craving. At dinner, a sushi sampler or menu runs around 30€. The decor is trendy Asian, and the service is surprisingly attentive for Madrid. Email taococinaasiatica@telefonica.net for info.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 15, 2005

Tao: Cocina Asiatica
Paseo de la Castellana, 45
Madrid, Spain
+34 91 308 27 80

Tai Pan

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Located on a street amongst other trendy Pan-Asian restaurants, Tai Pan is a standout. While most tourists flock to the high-profile Thai Gardens (where David Beckham is known to dine), cheaper and spicier Thai can be found just a few blocks down the street at Tai Pan. The two-story restaurant serves a variety of Asian dishes, with a focus on Thai cuisine. The menu of the day is a bargain at 15€, and an even better deal is the Menu for 2 People for 35€. The normal menu includes an appetizer of choice (the selection runs the gamut from spring rolls to ribs); a main dish, Cantonese pork, sweet-and-sour chicken, or red chicken curry (my recommendation!); rice or noodles; and dessert (the chocol...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 28, 2005

Tai Pan
Calle Jorge Jual 33
Madrid, Spain
+34 91-435-76-67

Miel

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Restaurant | "La Miel Restaurante"

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La Miel is a highly frequented restaurant for power lunches, although it is also open for dinner. At lunchtime, there are no, I repeat, no "menu" options to help save money. This restaurant is pricey and on the higher end of the food scene in Madrid, yet still below the prices of Michelin-rated restaurants. The restaurant has only about 20 tables and can get rather noisy when it is packed. There is no outdoor seating, so be prepared for a bit of smoke. That being said, the food is a wonderful blend of Spanish and French influences. I highly recommend the Alcachofas Rellenas de Setas y Gambas, artichokes filled with mushrooms and shrimp, and the Chipirones a la Parrilla sobre Ceb...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 19, 2005

Miel
Maldonado 14
Madrid, Spain
91 435 50 45

Cazorla

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This is a great place to try out Andalusian cuisine if you don't have time to travel to the region while you are in Spain. This is one of the few places in Madrid that you can find traditional "pescaíto frito" (fried fish), a specialty of the region. The menu is available in English, so look for the fried fish plate for two. The fried fish platter is HUGE and covers the whole range of what you might typically be served in Andalusia - fried baby fish, calamares, shrimp, chipirones, etc. If you don't want a giant plate, look for boquerones fritos - eat the whole fish! I've seen too many tourists in Southern Spain trying to pick the baby bones out of these tiny fish! (Note: Cazorla is not frequented by...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2005

Cazorla
Calle Castello, 99
Madrid, Spain
91 562 71 94

La Finca de Susana

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La Finca de Susana is quite possibly my favorite restaurant in Madrid... so much so that I almost didn't reveal it online! It is so popular with the Madrilenos that a line forms outside the door every night before it opens. If you go for dinner, the doors open at 8:30pm, but the line starts forming around 8pm. If you aren't in line by 8:30pm, don't plan on getting seated before 11pm. All of the tables fill up immediately when the doors open, and most tables take at least 2 hours to eat. They do not take reservations. Why is it so popular? Because the food is great and cheap! The wine list has bottles, yes, bottles, that range from 5€ up to the most expensive at 12.50€. Even better? Get a ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 15, 2005

La Finca de Susana
Calle Arlaban, 4
Madrid, Spain
91-369-35-57

Taberna de Daniela

Restaurant | "Taberna de la Daniela"

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This Salamanca neigborhood hangout is known for its cocido (a broth-based stew with a hodgepodge of meat and veggies - chef's choice!) - the trick is, they only serve it at lunch time! The tapas area is very crowded and popular. A small room with tables where raciones are served is supposed to open at 8 pm - it tends to only open around 8:25 though. At that point, one cook and one waitress keep themselves busy serving the ten small tables. The raciones (small dishes larger than tapas but smaller than an individual meal) menu is long, but pricey. For example, one croqueta costs 2.20 euro. Although the croquetas are much larger than average, they are not amongst the tastiest around...and sometimes the j...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 4, 2006

Taberna de Daniela
General Pardiñas, 21
Madrid, Spain 28001
+34 91 5752329

Fast Good

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This is the brainchild of the infamous Ferrán Adriá and the second location of Fast Good (the first being located far north of most points of interest). The idea? Fast food that tastes great. The result? Good food that well, umm, isn't always that fast. In a city that's lacking places such as Panera Bread and Au Bon Pain (yes, Pans & Co and Delina's are options, though), this is a great choice. This new location has pre-made sandwiches, salads, fruit cups, deserts, and fruit drinks to go. If dining in, you must stand in line, place your order, and then sit down at a table and wait. In theory, your food will come to you quickly. In reality, I waited 35 minutes the last time I ate there for the same...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 4, 2006

Fast Good
Calle Padre Damián, 23
Madrid, Spain
+34 91 343 06 55

Olsen

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Olsen proclaims itself to be a Norwegian restaurant. At the bar you can order from an extensive cocktail menu and a long list of specialty vodkas. The mixed drinks run from 7 to 9 Euros. The caprioskas are okay, but you can get better ones for less money in the same neighborhood. The mojitos get bad reviews. The vodka martinis get good reviews.Once seated (reservations recommended on the weekends), you are given a selection of bagels, accompanied by salmon and cucumber spreads. While they are unusual and tasty for the average Spaniard, anyone who has ever tasted a New York bagel will be very disappointed.On the whole, I find the food to be overpriced for the quality. The 22 Eur...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 29, 2006

Olsen
Calle del Prado, 15
Madrid, Spain
+34 914-293-659

No Solo Pasta

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Two words: Gluten Free. If you know someone who has Celiac's Disease or is gluten intolerent, send them here! This is one of the few restaurants in the world that makes homemade gluten-free pasta and pizza. That means it is a special treat for many of those with Celiac's disease. All of the starters are gluten free and include scrumptious green salads (a rarity in Madrid—I recommend the Spinach salad with mushrooms, bacon, and fresh parmesan), soups, and Italian specialities. For main courses, there is an extensive list of homemade pasta with gluten, then four basic types without. Of the four without, one is stuffed with chicken foie, another with veal, and another with ricotta and orange....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 25, 2006

No Solo Pasta
Calle de Santiago, 3
Madrid, Spain 28013
+34 (1) 91 547 42 03

Inca

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Restaurant | "El Inca"

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Not much culinary influence from Spain's former colonies is in evidence in Spanish cuisine. Nonetheless, a number of South American restaurants have finally begun opening up around Madrid. El Inca is one of the more popular Peruvian restaurants in Madrid. The decor is trendy but the space is a bit cramped. Check out www.restaurantelinca.com for a menu.Diners receive a free copita of some tasty pisco-sour-like brew before ordering. As a starter, the ceviche sampler is a good tasty item to share amongst several people. The yucas fritas are popular, but don't satisfy all taste buds.Main courses are tasty, but the portions are quite small...they left several members of our group qu...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 26, 2006

Inca
Gravina, 23
Madrid, Spain

La Paninoteca D'e Sergi Arola

Restaurant | "D'E Sergi Arola"

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Ferran Adria started it with Fast Good, and now apparently Sergi Arola wants in on the action – superstar chefs with fast and cheap outlets in Madrid. Right across the street from Fast Good is the new D’E Sergi Arola restaurant. Unlike Fast Good, servers take orders and deliver food at your table. The menu starts with "cocapizzas" – basically flat bread pizzas that run from €9 to €11. The majority of the menu consists of paninis filled with typical Spanish ingredients or more Mediterranean combinations. The paninis run from €6 to €9. The menu also has a selection of raciones, including the prize winning Torta del Casar cheese, €14 for half a wheel. The menu also cla...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 9, 2006

La Paninoteca D'e Sergi Arola
Calle De Juan Bravo, 12
Madrid, Spain
915 771 662