Best paella in Madrid?
Yes, I'm off to Madrid soon - my eighth trip there. I know it's not the local specialty, but I'd like to try the tastiest paella that Madrid has to offer.
Please, no tourist traps! Lord know I've been tricked before into trying the "paella is our specialty" places, only to be dining with busloads of retired German tourists on a fixed budget itinerary.
I want local, hole-in-the-wall, let's-cook-it- -on-Sunday-just-because paella this time. Thanks in advance!
I have tried two places for paella in Madrid. Mediterraneo on Jorge Juan (?) in the Salamanca district is wonderful, but more upscale. I always go there when I go to Madrid. The dishes are quite traditional, but very well prepared. The other one I liked is La Paella de la Reina on Calle Reina in the Chueca district. I especailly liked the appetizers there--lots of seafood.
I really like the Arroz Abanda at Balear, on the corner of
Sagunto and Castillo; near metro Iglesia. Definitely no busloads
of tourists. In fact, hardly anyone there at all on my couple
It's a fairly large, or large-feeling, place. Tablecloths, good selection
of fizzy wines. Fairly formal, so if you're looking for a beach-like
dive atmosphere, this is not it. I have no idea of the subtleties that
distinguish Valencian from Menorcan paella, but this place claims to
serve the latter. A variety of interesting crustaceans make an appearance
Haven't had paella anywhere else in Madrid, so I can't comment
on the best-ness of if it...
Is this still your recommendation for authentic paella in Madrid?
Also where would you recommend suckling pig in Madrid? Is casa Botin the top place? I cannot seem to find alternative suggestions within Madrid.
Finally, my wife and I will be arriving into Madrid at around 3:30pm, by the time we book into the hotel Preciados on Calle Preciados and Gran Via. We have booked a tapas tour starting at 8pm till 11pm. Where would you suggest we grab bit near the hotel at around 4pm and then we will probably rest up for a few hours before tapas?
This will be our very first meal in Madrid and I would like it to be authentic and good but not too huge so that we can enjoy out tapas tour.
Thank you in advance