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HungryandAway Nov 29, 2006 06:03 PM

Hi we're travelling for a few weeks in Madrid and (shortly) Barcelona. We've been enjoying all of the local food non-stop and now are craving a good sushi dinner. Any suggestions for where is a good/great place to get sushi in Madrid (or Barcelona for next week)? THANKS!!

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    butterfly Dec 2, 2006 09:24 PM

    You might try Kabuki (between the Bernabeu and Estrecho metro stops on c/Presidente Carmona, 2) or Miyama (in the center on c/Flor Baja, 5)--both have a sort of creative Spanish fusion bent that makes use of local ingredients that could be interesting. Kabuki is more daring (and pricey). If you can read Spanish, here are a couple of reviews and general info:

    Kabuki
    http://www.elmundo.es/metropoli/2005/06/24/restaurantes/1119564027.html

    http://www.elmundo.es/metropoli/restaurantes/fichas/35/1589_ficha.html

    Miyama
    http://www.elmundo.es/metropoli/2004/10/29/restaurantes/1099000847.html

    http://www.elmundo.es/metropoli/restaurantes/fichas/f3/2291_ficha.html

    Japanese in Madrid
    http://www.elmundo.es/metropoli/restaurantes/fichas/35/1589_ficha.html

    And another place that I go to for day-to-day sashimi:

    http://www.elmundo.es/metropoli/resta...

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      lizardo9 Apr 28, 2007 05:27 PM

      I´m sorry...but who craves sushi while in Spain???????With all the great seafood there is and the different ways they make it i cant believe someone would crave sushi!!!!!

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      1. re: lizardo9
        Parigi Jul 14, 2010 09:33 AM

        "I´m sorry...but who craves sushi while in Spain???????"

        In fact many of the Spanish national soccer team players, in short the world champions.
        Quite a few of them - led by Puyol - even formed the "sushi-team" when they were in South Africa. Certainly kept them in great form.

        1. re: Parigi
          Shannon Jul 15, 2010 04:48 PM

          Another reason to love Carles Puyol.

      2. saezvaneerd May 1, 2007 02:14 PM

        Try restaurant "Tao". No idea where it is in Madrid, somewhere in the center (I remember Calle Serrano is near) The food is great.

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          lizardo9 May 1, 2007 03:29 PM

          Calle Serrano is nowhere near downtown...Calle Serrano is the shopping and commercial district by barrio Salamanca

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            saezvaneerd May 1, 2007 09:48 PM

            You see, I don't know anything about Madrid, but I do know the Japanese restaurant TAO is a good place to eat sushi

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          vioredum May 5, 2007 03:31 AM

          In Madrid,I'd recommend you:

          "Miyama" (Calle Flor Baja)

          "Shiratori" (Paseo de la Castellana)

          "Ginza"(Carrera de San Jerónimo-right next to the Parliament)

          "19 sushi Bar"- Calle de la Salud- *On my last visit to this restaurant,I saw Tom Cruise there(do not know what was he doing in MAD)

          "Pink Sushiman"-Calle Caballero deGracia-Very cheap,hip and trendy Japanese "restaurant (kaiten sushi)-They may not have the best sushi in the world but for only 15 € you can have a look at what young modern Spain is about.

          "Kabuki"-Fantastic restaurant,but with some Japanese-Mediterranean fusion notes.

          In Barcelona there's literally TONS of Japanese restaurants and Sushi bars.A fantastic option in BCN is "El Japonés" (literally,"The Japanese").Fantastic fish quality at reasonable prices

          http://www.eljapones.com

          PS-Take a look at this blog ( http://www.comerjapones.com ) - Blog by a guy from Barcelona with good recommendations on BCN and MAD Japanese restaurants.

          (Written in Spanish,do not know if there's an English version)

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          1. re: vioredum
            arobmadrid Aug 7, 2010 02:30 PM

            I love 19 sushi bar on Calle Salud - It's actually Japanese/Peruvian - quite pricey, but original, and very attractive.

          2. mielimato May 22, 2008 09:41 AM

            Personally, I don't think great sushi exists in Barcelona...or at least not yet. It is a shame because Barcelona has some of the best seafood in the world.

            If you are craving for something Japanese-esque that uses the best locally caught and produced ingredients, you might want to check out Shojiro in the neighborhood of Garcia. The chef is Japanese but has lived in Barcelona for decades so he does Japanese-Catalan fusion. It is not sushi but it might be a good compromise between taking advantage of local seafood and traditional Catalan dishes with a Japanese interpretation. Plus, the place is small and intimate.

            Here is a English review: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/...

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              MarsQ Jun 7, 2008 05:13 AM

              I often like to make sushi at home. I am originally from Los Angeles and it was so easy to find sushi-graded (packaged) fish. But I now live in Madrid and I'm having a hard time here finding ingredients for making sushi. So far, the only fresh fish I am able to use for sushi is Salmon because it's easy to obtain. But I just couldn't find sushi-graded Tuna and fresh Eel in Madrid. So, if anyone knows any markets or places where I could get sushi-graded Tuna and other fresh fishes in Madrid, please let me know. Greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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                butterfly Jun 7, 2008 11:42 AM

                Do you mean that you can't find fresh fish in Madrid (which would be odd, because it's available at any market)? Or that you can't find fish marked "sushi grade"? If it is the latter, I don't know of anywhere that refers to their fish as sushi grade... As to where to find what you are looking for, that depends on what "sushi grade" means to you. In the US, it usually means precut pieces of flash-frozen fish with the parasites removed, though there are no actual regulations in the U.S. that stipulate what "sushi grade" means...

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                  Hermano Primero Jun 7, 2008 01:10 PM

                  Speaking of which how are the laws re the Anisakis parasite affecting sushi bars and restaurants selling fish in Spain ?

                  In my experience it seems small places in the South just ignore it. Which is what the Spanish tend to do if anything gets in the way of their enjoyment of something (thank goodness).

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                    butterfly Jun 7, 2008 05:50 PM

                    Exactly. Rules are meant to be broken. The places that would make an effort to get non-frozen stuff and have a clientele who would appreciate the difference most likely still do. Or if, in the case of boquerones it causes extra work/expense, I doubt most bother to get it frozen. But fish like tuna--no matter what country you are eating it in--is almost always flash frozen. An exception are the places where there is tuna fishing along the strait, like Barbate. I've never had tuna like that before or since. One great thing about tuna here in Spain is that, if it's available, the fishmonger will sell you a cut of fatty toro for the same price as the rest of the fish.

              2. npwest Jul 17, 2010 07:52 AM

                In Madrid: Samurai -- Metro Santo Domingo (address possibly Cuesta Santo Domingo).

                I lived in Madrid for about a year. At various times I needed a break from Spanish food (and all European food, for that matter) and craved sushi. After many trials, including Miyami (which was good but very basic) and 19 Sushi (which was good, but expensive) and talking to some locals, I discovered Samurai and found it to be a good balance of creativity and price.

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