Ultimate Tapas - Barcelona, Madrid and Granada, Tips Wanted
I will help you with madrid, which is where I live: If you are looking for tapas, I would recomend "El bocaito" which is in Calle Libertad, in the Chueca district.(google the place). Ask for the "revuelto de chanquetes" (scrambeled eggs with baby fish and chives) and "tosta de gambas"(shrimp on toast, with a garlic/mayonaise sause): amazing!!! this place is cheerful/very spanish and not expensive. If you are looking for superlative quality then go for rice and/or seefood. For rice you have two choices: One is "San James" on calle Juan Bravo, the best rice in this place is called "arroz a banda"(much better than paella), or another restaurant called Samm (in this case ask for "arroz del señorat"). For seafood there is an amazing place called "La trainera". Ask for "centollo"(spider crab) or Camarones(amazing small langoustines) or oysters. The fish here is also superb, and I would recomend Sole. (lenguado a la plancha). The place is expensive: For a course including seafood, fish and wine(which should be white from Galicia!) will be around 35 - 65 Euros per person. But but the place is unforgetable. It is easy going and does not require any etiquette. Other great restaurants in madrid are: "El Paraguas" (fish/seafood from Asturias), "La broche" (with a michelin star, modern mediterraen), "El alkalde"....tell me if you want further places....
If you have the opportunity I would try to go to Segovia, a beautiful small town about an hour from madrid, where they serve an amazing speciality which is called "cochinillo". (suckling roasted pig). The clasic resturante were to try it is called "Candido" (must reserve in advance).
Well, good luck and enjoy your trip!!!
For tapas in BCN :
Quimet & Quimet (Not to be missed IMO) , Paco Meralgo, Cal Pep, El Xampaniet, ...
In madrid, I did eat Tapas, but nothing you would call "superlative", in my latest trip, I tried as many places I could do, and mostly ended in more lower-end and traditional/neighbourhood bars.
Me think you just have to have faith and walk and enter in one place, look to see if there are lot of people there, people speaking spanish ( or Catalan in BCN) and start ordering and if you like it you stay, if you don't, pay, walk out and go to the next one.