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Madrid - Please Critique my List

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My husband and I are taking our 15 year old daughter to Madrid (with side trips to
Segovia and Toledo) for spring break. None of us has ever been to Spain before.
Here's my list of restaurants thus far - I would appreciate comments/suggestions/additions:
Restaurante Botin
Viridiana
Casa Patas
Dassa Bassa
Casa Lucio
thanks in advance!

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  1. I am also going to Spain, though not until the fall, and have been doing a lot of research on restaurants. I have plans to go to Viridiana and have heard only excellent things about it. Botin seems like a decent place but has the potential to be very touristy. I don't know anything about the other three places.

    Richard

    1. Does anyone have any suggestions or guidance? thanks!

      1. Sorry I haven't done much fooding at those places - waiting for the parents to come and fund some of the chow - but what I hear is that Botin, while admittedly popular with tourists, does have really great food (and is the one of the oldest restaurants in Madrid); Casa Patas is supposed to be a great place for drinks and (authentic) flamenco.

        Good luck, and please report back!

        1. We will be there next week and plan a total report when we return. We have reservations at Casa Patas with our 11 year old. I've heard it touristy but probably the best Madrid has to offer. Also, what's so wrong about being a tourist.

          We will save the "fancy schmancy" places for our next trip. Our apartment is just around the corner from Viridiana so we might stop in for a glass of wine or maybe lunch.

          We're on the lookout for great local chow. We were there a few years ago for Christmas and got a good feel for the place.

          More later. . .

          Brian

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          1. re: BDM1

            Nothing's wrong with being a tourist; I am one too (though living here for a few months, since I'm studying at one of the universities for a semester). My comment about places being popular with tourists was just to note that it may not be completely full of madrileños, which is the kind of scene that some look for when visiting.

            Have a great trip - looking forward to your report!

          2. We loved Dassa Bassa. The tasting menu was great. See my short review here.

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/360594

            1. Hi - I live and study in Madrid. I cannot recommend any place higher than Casa Patas. It's in a good location (Anton Martin) and the food is very good. It is also one of the best places to find flamenco in all of Madrid. The quality is worth the price. Also, whenever in doubt, wander around the side streets of Sol (particularly on the side closer to Plaza Mayor - but stay away from Plaza Mayor, totally overpriced food). You'll find a lot of great tapas places around there. Enjoy your trip!

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              1. re: alisonchi

                "Botín" is very touristy.

                "Dassa Bassa" is OK,though there are better restaurants in Madrid.

                I'd strongly recommend you to visit;

                1-Sacha (My personal favourite- That's where Ferran Adrià eats when he comes to Madrid.Fantastic food quality,nice service and a cosy atmosphere for only 50-55 € per person)

                2-Viridiana

                3-El Chaflán ( considered by local culinary critics to be the best restaurant in the city)

                4-Bokado @ "Museo del Traje" ( Costume Museum) - Beautiful gardens,terrasse and surroundings at a very beautiful and interesting Museum.

                5-"Casa Lucio"- For a taste of "traditional Madrid".

                6-A personal recommendation:"Genoveva de Barri"- A small,modern and beautifully decorated bistrot near the Opera.Fantastic food quality,great service and orignal cuisine for only 30-35 € per person ( wine included).

                7-"Sant Celoni" @ "Hotel Hesperia"- Delicious catalan cuisine,though you pay good for your visit ( around 150 € per person).Owned by Santi Santamaría ( from the famous "El racò de Can Fabes",in the near from Barcelona)
                Greetings from Madrid!

                E.

                1. re: vioredum

                  Im just back from Madrid we had an excellent meal at Zaranda I really recommend it. A young up and coming chef, the food and wine were execellent and it was very good value for a michelin starred restaurant. www.zaranda.es

                  1. re: zacy

                    I'm glad you liked Zaranda;I think it's a great a very promising restaurant.
                    Surprinsingly,it's not that well-known.Being hidden right in the middle of one of Madrid's immigrant quarters ( where Thai,Indian,Morrocan and South American restaurants abound),many locals have no idea of its existence.If it were situated in the "Barrio de Salamanca",I'm sure it would be literally impossible to make a reservation there!

                  2. re: vioredum

                    HI there: do you have contact information for Sacha Restaurant. I am intrigued. Thanks. A

                2. If you want dinner and a flamenco show i highly recommend Corral de la Morería. great food and wine and the performance is spectacular! you need reservations, the website is corraldelamoreria.com. Dont miss it, i had a great time!

                  1. Viridiana is awesome.
                    Botin is good for suckling pig, yes its touristy but the pig is good there
                    Casa Lucio is a must, very traditional and you might run into some celebrities there
                    Haven´t been to the others...
                    As far as additions:
                    la farmacia in barrio salamanca is pretty good
                    asador aranda is to lamb what botin is to suckling pig
                    el cantabrico for seafood

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                    1. re: cleveland park

                      Possada de la Villa has the best roast lamb my wife and I have ever tasted. Their wood fired "horno" oven was rescued from the Madrid jail over 100 years ago.Traditional, but less of a tourist trap than Botin. For high end, try LaBroche.

                      1. re: CorkDorkWithFork

                        Sergi Arola of La Broche quit his restaurant earlier this month (or maybe last month, can't remember exactly), so it might not necessarily be the best option right now.

                        1. re: SillyDisciple

                          Well now that he's the prestigiuous executive chef of Iberia wouldn't you do the same

                          1. re: cleveland park

                            Working for Iberia is just a sponsorship gig, he's not involved in the day to day operations of the airline.
                            Rumor has it he didn't depart in good terms from the hotel, and as a matter of fact he has setup a new restaurant, called Gastro (c/Zurbano 31, Madrid,+34 91 308 7240).

                            1. re: SillyDisciple

                              I live in Madrid, have been here for 6 yrs, here are suggestions for top restaurants:

                              -Zaranda (havent been yet but everyone has raved about it)
                              -Lua (menu changes daily, very nice tasting menu wine paired with each course is included in 65 eur price)
                              -Memento (owned by an American, and listed as californian cuisine butis really very creative mediterranean inspired menu with top quality ingredients)
                              -Amparo, pricey but delicious basque-inspired food.
                              -Asador Donostiarra- wonderful steaks
                              -Viridiana is a classic choice, cozy surroundings and delicious food
                              -sant celoni is unbelievable, not only in terms of the outstanding attention to detail and flavor in every dish and the unparalleled service but dinner will definitely set you back 150eur a head, not including wine....