Mano a Mano
Perhaps my experience at Jose Maria was less than overwhelming because on Friday we had a really great time at Mano a Mano (on C/ Lavapies, though closer to Tirso de Molinas than Lavapies). An incredibly gracious owner (a Scot who has lived in Madrid for many years). I think everyone else there was a regular, since we were the only ones not be greeted with the traditional dos besos. An infinitely better patata starter (with onions) than at Jose Maria, and my wife had an excellent sea bream baked in salt. I had the cod with a choice of five preparations, choosing the one with a variety of cooked veggies. My daughter had a very nice duck. Only my wife's fish was to die for, but one in three isn't bad. The whole experience was really quite excellent. About 70€ with a bottle of house wine. The place is small.