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Madrid Tapas?

JeremyEG Apr 5, 2007 07:37 PM

Hi all,
We're going to Spain on a food trip in June. We'll be in Madrid for a few nights. I'm looking for great tapas recs. I'd be happy to do a sit down, more upscale dinner but I just love tapas, especially when they come with good wine. Hit me. What should we do?


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    vioredum RE: JeremyEG Apr 6, 2007 01:18 AM


    Hi Jeremy,

    Here go my recommendations:

    1-"El Tempranillo" Cava Baja 38- Fantastic tapas and a great wine selection.Always packed with locals.Pay special attention to the wines they have from Ribera del Duero (Castille)and Priorat (Catalonia).

    2-Txirimiri- Humilladero 6- Basque tapas.Probably my personal favourite:I was there yesterday and had one of the best culinary expiriences of my life.

    Photo#1:"El Tempranillo"

    Photos 2-4:"Txirimiri"

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      vioredum RE: vioredum Apr 6, 2007 01:41 AM

      (Post # 2)

      3-"Juana La Loca"- Plaza Puerta de Moros- Fantastic pinchos in a very cool and nicely decorated tapas bar.Packed with cool and modern Spaniards.

      4-"La Taberna de los 100 vinos"-Nuncio 17.Another place you should not by any means missñ.Outstanding wine selection.Great tapas in a small but nicely decorated "taberna".

      5"Casi en Huertas"-Lope de Vega 20- Close to PlazaSanta Ana and the Palace Hotel. This place has been set up by three famous Spanish cooks and a prestigious sumiller.Great tapas "innovations" and a FANTASTIC wine selection.

      (Photo#3- "Juana La Loca" Photo #4-"Taberna de los Cien vinos")

      For any other questions you may have about Madrid,I'd be glad to help you at:vioredum@yahoo.es

      Eduardo from Madrid

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        kenito799 RE: vioredum Apr 7, 2007 07:11 PM

        second 100 vinos...very friendly service, wonderful wines, great prices, you can sit down, and the tapas are very well conceived to complement wines perfectly. Steak in a roquefort sauce was so perfect with a Ribera del Duero we had to order seconds; duck confit was outstanding with Rioja.

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          Hoc RE: kenito799 Apr 11, 2007 08:42 PM

          We looked for 100 vinos yesterday and couldn't find it. Then we went to Txirimiri and were told that 100 vinos had closed permanently.

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            theannerska RE: Hoc Apr 11, 2007 10:09 PM

            Hoc, thanks for the update - did you end up eating at Txirimiri? How was it?

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              Hoc RE: theannerska Apr 12, 2007 09:00 PM

              No, we wound up not eating there because my girlfriend didn't like the look of the food. (Too many things on one piece of toast -- she's very picky about her food). We wound up wandering around the Sol area and picking a tapas bar with lousy calamari and gazpacho (I actually remember the gazpacho at L'Hardy, but when we went, the lady told us that it was too cold for gazpacho, and they normally serve it only in the summer).

              It's OK, we made up for it yesterday. Went to Toledo and ate at Adolfo's. Wonderful meal, though quite expensive (around 110 Euros for the two of us).

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                vioredum RE: Hoc Apr 13, 2007 02:32 AM

                It's a pity you did not eat something at Txirimiri cause the "pintxos" there are fantastic;nonetheless they're more into sophisticated things like "Confit de Canard lasagna" rather than the normal "Jamón Serrano" on a toast tapa.

                Hope you enjoy your stay here in Spain!

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                  Hoc RE: vioredum Dec 3, 2009 10:37 PM

                  OK, I'm going back for two days starting Saturday, and I'll be solo (she's staying home, watching the dogs, then we both go back in summer 2010). So, I'm going to plan on Txirimiri on Sunday evening. Tapas bars are open on Sunday evenings, right? I remember the Tapas bars being open and crowded on Sunday afternoons all around El Rastro when I was there in 2005.

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                    PBSF RE: Hoc Dec 3, 2009 11:03 PM

                    Most tapas bars are closed Sunday evenings, including most in Latina. I am pretty sure Txirimiri is closed. You will find a few open around Santa Ana.

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                      kathryn RE: PBSF Dec 4, 2009 06:21 PM

                      IIRC, Casa Lucas will be open as well as Taberna el Tempranillo in La Latina.

                2. re: Hoc
                  theannerska RE: Hoc Apr 13, 2007 03:23 AM

                  Gazpacho is usually only served during the summer, I thought.

                  When I was at Lhardy I had the callos - delicious...

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                    vioredum RE: theannerska Apr 13, 2007 07:09 AM

                    Gazpacho is a summer thing;nonethelss,you may find it in some places...that is,you could have a Gazpacho during winter but a Spaniard would look strangely at you ( it's like going to the States and ordering a cup of "egg nog" in the middle of July).

                    Lhardy is a fantastic place,both the restaurant and the delicatessen they have;it's almost a winter tradition to go to Lhardy and have ( outside,delicatessen ares) a cup of "caldo" ( soup/broth) and a "medianoche de foie" and some "croquetas".

                  2. re: Hoc
                    butterfly RE: Hoc Apr 13, 2007 04:00 PM

                    Txirimiri has a menu that you can order from. I liked what we had there (especially the croquetas). There are a lot of good options in this part of La Latina.

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                      kenito799 RE: Hoc Apr 27, 2007 06:46 AM

                      really sorry to hear about 100 vinos...if you had said you were going to Toledo I would have told you not to miss Amboades, a wonderful wine bar. However, just cheese and sausage to eat, we were going to have some wine before dinner but we ended up having so much fun we left after midnight...

                  3. re: Hoc
                    vioredum RE: Hoc Apr 12, 2007 12:03 AM

                    Closed?That's really bad news!

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                      JeremyEG RE: vioredum Apr 13, 2007 08:28 AM

                      These recs look great. Any suggestions for more rustic, traditional tapas? I only get to Spain once every few years so I like to get a mix of everything.
                      Thanks again.


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                        alcachofilla RE: JeremyEG May 1, 2007 11:36 AM

                        Hmm. I like Almacen de Vino on Calatrava 21 but its been awhile and I dont remember all the tapas there, Great service though in a very old feeling part of La Latina. Also Almendro 13, Casa Lucio which is more upscale or los Huevos de Lucio for simple "Huevos estrellados" including more traditional options. Most bars in Plaza Santa Ana also have the typical, traditional tapas (although not rustic settings) and great outdoor seating which is the reason to go. (ie. Cerveceria Santa Ana). Also try the well known and traditional Taberna de Antonio Sanchez on Meson de Paredes 13 Near Tirso De Molina.
                        Ah, and if you are a sucker for rustic places with ambience (if some tourists) Meson de la Guitarra is always fun for chorizo and sangria. Its under the Plaza Mayor on Cava San Miguel.
                        Hope this helps!

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                          vioredum RE: alcachofilla May 5, 2007 03:23 AM

                          Sorry to disagree,but I think that "Mesón de la Guitarra" (100% touristy,expensive and uninteresting) and the bars @Santa Ana (beautiful square to visit but mediocre bars)are places to miss.

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                            lizardo9 RE: vioredum May 5, 2007 04:21 PM

                            First of, I kinda agree with you on principle, but if its their first time in madrid, the MEsones can be fun and interesting, and there are quite a few local who do hang out there, especially early on. I dont recommend it, Or Plaza Sta Ana for tapas, but it is fun to go and see and hang out for a while. Now for tapas the best place in ALL of madrid is El Sur, just off the Anton martin metro and Juan, the owner, has spectacular tapas and an incredibel wine list, especially if you like Ribera del Duero wines. Make sure that is a stop to tapear for sure!

                    2. re: Hoc
                      arobmadrid RE: Hoc Apr 20, 2010 12:45 AM

                      closed ages ago

              2. Frodnesor RE: JeremyEG Mar 13, 2009 11:11 PM

                In the interest of not creating a new thread I've resuscitated an old one that's pretty stale but right on topic - Madrid tapas. We had only a very limited survey with only 3 days in Madrid and a couple dinner reservations booked, but the standouts for me were:

                Casa Lucas (Cava Baja) - everything we had there was just delicious - pincho topped w/ pisto, quail egg and bacon, another w/ revuelto of morcilla and onion over a sweet tomato jam, and a racion of fried calamari w/ a squid ink mousse.

                Vinoteca Barbechera (Plaza Sta. Ana) - montadito w/ foie and apple; another w/ ventresca and roasted peppers.

                Las Bravas (Plaza Sta. Ana) - the namesake patatas bravas; even though I like my potatoes crispier, the sauce was great.

                El Brillante - bocata de calamares. Plus a very convenient location right between the Museo Reina-Sofia and Atocha station.

                Posted some more detail on the site linked below.


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                  Cellar Tours RE: JeremyEG Feb 6, 2010 08:34 AM

                  hve a look at this list:

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                    JuanDoe RE: JeremyEG Apr 19, 2010 09:12 AM

                    Well, I live in Madrid, and highly recommend the district of Salamanca for the best TRADITIONAL tapas crawl -- always at the counter--. Best time to go: 1pm to 3pm and 8pm to 10pm. Locals prefer tapas on mid-day. The worst time to go is on Sunday at evening.
                    My fav bars in that district are:
                    - LA MONTERIA, (Calle Lope de Rueda 35; nearest Metro: Ibiza). A lively bar on mid-day that specializes in TIGRE (stuffed mussel) and LOMO DE CORZO (game meat)
                    - BIOTZA (Calle de Claudio Coello 27; nearest Metro: Serrano). It specializes in trendy Basque style tapas
                    - ESTAY (Calle de Hermosilla 46; nearest Metro: Velazquez). This is an old fashioned bar. It specializes in fried Brie cheese.
                    - JURUCHA (Calle Ayala 19; nearest Metro: Serrano). Large array of tapas displayed on the counter. It specializes in MERLUZA (battered hake), CANGREJO (crab meat canapé), CROQUETAS, TORTILLA (Spanish omelet) and HUEVOS ENCAPOTADOS (filled egg)
                    - TABERNA CAZORLA (Calle de Montesa 30; nearest Metro: Lista). Andalusian atmosphere. It specializes in TOMATE ALIÑAO (seasoned tomato), CHIPIRONES PLANCHA (grilled baby squid) and GAMBAS CON GABARDINA (prawns in batter)
                    - EL CANTABRICO (Calle de Padilla 39; nearest Metro: Lista). A mecca for seafood by weight. It specializes in CENTOLLO (spider crab)
                    - TXIRIMIRI (Calle del General Diez Porlier 91; nearest Metro: Diego de Leon). Basque style tapas. It specializes in HAMBURGUESA UNAI (beef cheeks) and SOLOMILLO CON FOIE (sirloin with foie)
                    - HEVIA (Calle Serrano 118; nearest Metro: Gregorio Marañon). It specializes in AHUMADOS (smoked fish) and FLAMENQUINES (pork, ham and cheese rolls deep fried with crumb coating)
                    - JOSE LUIS (Calle de Serrano 89; nearest Metro: Gregorio Marañon). An institution in Madrid. It specializes in MERLUZA (hake in batter), TORTILLA (Spanish omelet), SOLOMILLO (sirloin) and CROQUETAS

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                      sarahholthusen RE: JuanDoe Apr 28, 2010 11:54 AM

                      I have been living in Madrid for 3 years.
                      Here are links to my favourite places:

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                      hilarywest RE: JeremyEG May 12, 2010 03:38 PM

                      can anyone tell me about quality basic Spanish restaurants in Madrid that have REAL non-smoking sections? Any help would be appreciated. Just enjoyed Cafe Saigon and it's all non-smoking downstairs. Thank you.

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                        lyn RE: hilarywest May 17, 2010 03:26 PM

                        I can't name specific places, however I want to say the secondhand smoke in Madrid public places is not terrible. Out of habit I would flinch when I saw someone light up, but for what ever reason it is not overwhelming. the smoking is not as rampant as one would imagine or the ciculation is better. I would be suprised if non smoking was an option at any authentic place. I hate smoke but I love food more, so I prepared myself for the worst, and was pleasantly suprised that I was only occasionally annoyed.

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                          countpig98 RE: lyn Oct 7, 2010 03:17 PM

                          Can anyone recommend a good place in Madrid to get Chocolate and Churros?

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                            kathryn RE: countpig98 Oct 7, 2010 07:47 PM

                            Chocolatería San Ginés was the best that I tried last year (freshly fried to order).

                            Tried also Majaderitos Cafe & Chocolateria Valor, but they weren't fried to order.

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                              butterfly RE: kathryn Nov 10, 2011 03:06 PM

                              The best time to get them fresh (not just at Valor, but anywhere) is in the morning at breakfast (around 10am, for example) and in the afternoon around 6pm (merienda). Valor's churros are really more like porras (bigger and without ridges).

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                                kathryn RE: butterfly Nov 10, 2011 10:02 PM

                                No matter what time we stopped in at San Ginés during our trip, they seemed hot out of the fryer, so I really appreciated that.

                            2. re: countpig98
                              JuanDoe RE: countpig98 Nov 1, 2010 03:53 AM

                              Casa Manolo on Calle Jovellanos 7 (near the Thyssen museum). Chocolate with excellent churros from 8am. At mid-day tapas time, try its croquetas. Closed on Sunday (all day) and Monday (evening).

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                                kel RE: JuanDoe Oct 29, 2011 06:34 PM

                                Any additional November, 2011 information for new ones, or which ones have closed?

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