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Feb 16, 2011 01:11 PM

Last Minute Dining Madrid

Thanks all for the tips on wine bars - we hit a Casa Lucas and the San Miguel market tonight with great success...

As our trip winds down we were trying to think what foods we havent eaten and Basque food and Asadores popped into the head. While I see there are many good ones around, I was wondering if there were any that were good that one could safely eat at last minute (i.e. Thursday /Friday of this week (17th & 18th)). We dont mind and actually prefer the earlier side (8:30/9pm)...



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  1. My rec for Basque is Dantxari (open from 8:30pm to 12). Recs: croquetas de bacalao (croquettes), chipirones encebollados (baby squid with onion) and bacalao al ajoarriero (cod cooked with tomato, pepper and garlic). Good wines.

    Roast lamb at La Posada de La Villa (open from 8:00 pm to 12). The typical callos (tripe) are also recommended.

    4 Replies
    1. re: JuanDoe

      that was the one i saw and liked the most - can you get in without a reservation? they don't seem to take internet reservations?

      1. re: bennyscuba

        IMO, a reservation is not necessary if early night.

        1. re: JuanDoe

          At La Posada de La Villa choose the upstairs room.

          1. re: JuanDoe

            Just got back from dinner at Dantxari - excellent food. we got there at 8:30 and were the second couple there. by 10:00 it was close to packed so good call on getting there early. Had a special appetizer of "crab lasagne". I had sea bass with wild mushrooms and the wife had a special duck with fig jam. dessert was white chocloate mousse. The food was excellent though some of the duck was a bit too rare. I asked for a "basque" wine and was given a white txakolina which was crisp with a bit of fruit and held up very well through the meal.

            thatnks for the tips...still gotta figure out what our last night meal will be, but sure it will be tasty. may just go back to cava baja for tapas hopping...