Dinners in Madrid
Taking the family of adventuresome eaters to Madrid in March. We love a few suggestions of some great restaurants with a real local flavor. We are not fans of tourist heavy locations. Does not have to be spanish only food - we are open to anything and everything.
Some suggestions for touring the regional cuisines in Madrid:
Andalusian: 'Doña Paca' on Calle Príncipe de Vergara 285. Recos: rabo de toro (oxtail stew), morcillo (beef shin), fried fish, flamenquines (cured ham & beef rolls).
Asturian: 'Esbardos' on Calle Maldonado 4. Recos: anchovies and fabada (beans stew).
Basque: 'Dantxari' on Calle Ventura Rodríguez 8. Recos: chipirones encebollados (onion-seasoned baby squid), bacalao (cod). Good desserts.
Castilian: 'El Senador' on Plaza de la Marina Española 2. Recos: cordero asado (roast lamb) and cochinillo (roast suckling pig).
Extremaduran: 'Extremadura' on Calle Libertad 13. Recos: migas (breadcrumbs), jamón (cured ham), torta del Casar (sheep's cheese), caza (game).
Galician: O'Pazo on Calle Reina Mercedes 20. A mecca for seafood fans.
Madrileño: 'Malacatín'. Recos: cocido (traditional chickpea & meat stew), callos (tripe).
Valencian: 'Casa Benigna' on Calle Benigno Soto 9. Paella and rice dishes.
Tapas: 'Txirimiri' on Calle Humilladero 6. Assorted tapas displayed on the bar.
Cider House: 'Zerain' on Calle Quevedo 3. Recos: cider from the barrel, chuletón (beef steak), tortilla de bacalao (cod fish omelet).
Spanish cuisine with a creative twist: Viridiana. Ask the chef for recommendations.
JuanDoe, have been reading your recommendations hungrily. Had planned on a dinner at Laredo our first evening ( a Monday when many choices are closed) for the lamb (for me) and sucking pig experience (for my husband). How does this compare with El Senador?
We will be arriving in Madrid for 4 nights late May after 3 nights of tapas experience. Lua is also on my list. I recommended it to a colleague who just returned from Spain. He thought it might have been the best meal of his ife and recommended I book it twice!
Susan, we are staying in your recommended apartment. El Cisne Azul looks great for lunch and Calle Brava will be dinner one night-am focused on Casa Lucas, Xentes and Txirimiri for tapas.
Need to fit a few more lunches and perhaps one more dinner. Thalnks for any and all recommendations.