4 lunches in Madrid in mid-Sept; interesting food, 100-120 E a couple (w. wine)
- John Talbott Aug 5, 2014 07:25 AM
I'm Paris and CH-FR based but visit Spain every two years (last 18 months ago).
My interest is interesting food in mostly new places for 100-120 E a couple, including wine at lunch. Decor, nappery & flowers are unimportant.
As examples of what I've found enjoyable are the two museum restaurants in Bilbao and the places run by El Bulli graduates around Girona.
I will be staying at the Miguel Angel (Metro: GREGORIO MARAÑÓN) but willing to travel by Metro up to 40 minutes.
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The hottest spots in summer 2014 are:
DiverXo by David Muñoz (3 Michelin stars), a must at new venue: Calle Padré Damián 23, NH Eurobuilding Hotel
Lakasa by César Martín
DSTAgE by Diego Guerrero (2 Michelin stars
Arriba by Ramón Freixa (2 Michelin stars) at Platea Madrid, new trendy food court.
Knowing how useful your France posts are, I was hoping more people could help you here. I haven't been to Madrid for 5 years, so can't help specifically but, in my 'general' experience in Spain, I've found that the starred-type restos offer almost identical lunch choices to their evening menus (at the same prices). Mid-and lower-range 'may' also have the equivalent of the 'prix-fixe' lunch but sometimes(?often - particularly in the south) do not provide these 'lunch specials' in a formal menu, once you're inside. You just get the regular menu unless you specifically ask. However, these are usually posted at the entrance.
Hopefully, I've moved this up so others can provide specific recommendations.
"John - heading to Madrid in late October, so please post back on where you ended up. This board isn't as robust on restaurant options as the Paris board is, was hoping I'd find more but maybe it's nice that it isn't - can't decide right now."
You know, I was thrown by the lack of responses and interactions here; in France we have a loyal bunch of French and American locals, expats & visitors; it's too bad Spain doesn't have the same.
Is it the food? Or passion?
re: John Talbott
Well, from reading your blog, it sounds like it wasn't a rousing experience overall. I'll have to keep doing some research before I go.
I have to wonder how CH "promotes" the international boards to get posters. You're right, France has a lot of contributors that have a lot of knowledge. If the Spain board has the same it is hard to see that.
But if you talk to a Spaniard, they certainly have passion about their food . . . so I don't know where the disconnect comes from - or why the Spain board doesn't have the same local interest as the France board.
I don't follow enough of the other international boards to know how they compare either . . .
Thanks for posting back.