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Good bagels in Madrid?

profe1967 Feb 11, 2011 03:02 AM

This may be asking too much, but is it possible to get good, real bagels (i.e. kettled) in Madrid?

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    butterfly Feb 11, 2011 05:34 AM

    There's this place:


    I'm really particular about my bagels (I like them old school: small, dense and chewy--and it's hard enough to find them that way in the US), so this place didn't do much for me--too bready. It's been a really long time since I've been there, but I actually had some decent ones with the smoked fish tabla at Olsen, the Argentine/Swedish restaurant near Plaza Santa Ana.

    Another option: you can learn to make them... or go to Paris.

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    1. re: butterfly
      profe1967 Feb 11, 2011 07:15 AM

      Thanks Butterfly! Sounds like you know what a bagel is supposed to taste like. We'll be in Paris in April. Would you mind sharing your recs for there?

      1. re: profe1967
        butterfly Feb 11, 2011 05:14 PM

        Hola Profe--They aren't exactly bagels as we norteamericanos know them--something more distended and braided/twisted, but I love the bread (and corned beef sandwiches) at Sacha Finkelsztajn in the Marais:


        But do try the place in Madrid--a lot of other displaced Americans like it. I really am a bit of a bagel curmudgeon.

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      lbeller Feb 12, 2011 09:45 AM

      Hello! Finding decent bagels is easy. There is an American supermarket in Republica Argentina called Taste of America, you can get frozen bagels there of different kinds (cinnamon raisin, plain, sesame, onion, everything) and they're pretty cheap also. Just throw them in the microwave for about 20-30 secs on defrost and put them in the toaster and they're pretty good. Not homemade but I eat them quite often and I'm a picky New Yorker with my bagels haha.

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