Your favorite places in Lisbon and Madrid to celebrate a 40th birthday getaway!
Heading to Lisbon and Madrid for a week to celebrate a friend's 40th birthday. Looking for great places for 2 girls on the town to enjoy everything from fine dining (especially for the big night) to casual tapas. Excellent seafood, cheeses, meats and wines a must! Send me your faves!
My faves in Madrid:
"Casa Rafa" on Calle Narváez # 68. High price for best quality, antiquated decor, old fashioned staff... but Casa Rafa is a mecca for best seafood: crayfish (cigalas), spider crab (centolla), barnacle (percebes), clams (almejas), razor-shell (navajas), shrimp (gambas), hake cheeks in sauce (cocochas), excellent roasted turbot (rodaballo). Also, excellent jamón ibérico, even very good Russian salad (ensaladilla).
"Asador Ansorena" on Calle Capitán Haya # 55. Basque restaurant with GREAT T-bone steaks.
"Gonzalez" on Calle León # 12. A cool deli where you can find wines and cheeses of Spain. The cutest thing in this "bar-shop-restaurant" is its big windows. When you sit down just behind them you can watch the passing people while you are enjoying a nice cheese with a delicious wine.
"Angel Sierra" on Plaza de Chueca. Traditional Madrilenian tavern. Try the "vermut de grifo" (vermouth on tap) with a tapa called "pincho de escabeche" (marinated tuna).
"Stop Madrid" on Calle Hortaleza # 11, near Angel Sierra. A tavern for having a glass of red wine with jamón.
Doing tapas in La Latina: "Juanalaloca" on Plaza Puerta de Moros. Good but pricey Basque tapas for two people sharing. The "pincho de tortilla" is a must. "Txirimiri" on Calle Humilladero # 6. Assorted tapas.
Mr. Doe. Per your one of your past suggestion to another diner we dined at Asador Ansorena this last Sunday. We did not eat meat but had a great sea bream <I'm getting attached to this lillte fish> and spouse had the cod fish, both delicious and very fresh. Sides were the amazing and so very tasty white asparagus from Navarre, and the Guernica pimientos <cooked in a similar way like pimientos Padron>. Ending with an arroz con leche and flan The table next to us, a family including the grandparents ordered the grilled meat for the table that looked very delicious and made a mental note to get it for our next future visit.
On another note, after trying to get reservations at Diverxo <calling 2 weeks ahead for either Fri or Sat> we were not successful and kept on a waiting list. So this past Sat night wanting simple fish and not wanting to go to a gallego restaurant and having no idea where to dine in the Salamanca section we checked chowhound on our I-Phone and decided to follow aerobmadrid's suggestion of La Cazorla, where we dined on Andalucian fish a la plancha. It was satisfying and good. La Cazorla is a nice neighborhood restaurant and a good choice if you're at a loss of where to go.
So thank you both.
The spouse devoured them. LOL! I only managed a couple.
PS. Have you tried El Espigon in Madrid? We dined at the one in Sevilla <not the one in the Felipe ll hotel> the Monday before last, superb and incredibly fresh fish. I'm looking forward to trying the one in Madrid which doesn't seem to be too far from Asador Ansorena.
Diverxo seems to be the hardest reservation in town - not helped by their communication!
I was told to get back 1 month in advance - but, I'm now guessing, they meant the 1st of the previous month. When I contacted them exactly 1 month early they were completely full for the rest of the month!
They also offered to call me if an opening occurred - never got a call!
I would highly suggest searching the logs/archives of this board, since this is a rather popular request for both cities. I have posted significantly on Lisbon, so here are some threads that might help.