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4 lunches in Madrid in mid-Sept; interesting food, 100-120 E a couple (w. wine)

Hi:
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.
In gratitude I'll award you a lifetime subscription to John Talbott's Paris.
Thanks.

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  1. 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
    http://diverxo.com/

    Lakasa by César Martín
    http://lakasa.es/

    DSTAgE by Diego Guerrero (2 Michelin stars
    ) http://www.gastroeconomy.com/2014/06/...

    Arriba by Ramón Freixa (2 Michelin stars) at Platea Madrid, new trendy food court.
    http://en.plateamadrid.com/

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    1. re: JuanDoe

      Thank you. With all those stars they still are reasonable?

      1. re: JuanDoe

        "Arriba by Ramón Freixa (2 Michelin stars) at Platea Madrid, new trendy food court."
        Thanks Juan, I was dazzled by the Food Court, awed by the big TV but underwhelmed by Ramón Freixa's cod cakes and sort-of-paella. I appreciated your help; keep it up.
        John

      2. John,
        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.

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        1. re: estufarian

          i'm also traveling to Madrid in about month, and would love recommendations from fellow travelers and locals. i'm responding to bump this string back up. thank you in advance for any help! if you ever need NYC or SF recs, i will return the favor!

          1. re: trapperkeeper

            I was just in Madrid, been many times. I was with a newbie.

            Took her to Botin (old school), O Pazo (best seafood) and Tiridiana ( new school). Wanted to cover all the bases.

            All were fantastic.

            There are so many choices in Madrid now.

            1. re: trapperkeeper

              Here are two of my standbys in Madrid:

              Taberna Laredo (cocina del autor--chef-driven, casual place)

              Casa Rafa (classic seafood; open Sunday lunch when many places are shuttered)

              1. re: erica

                Thanks so much erica, although I don't get in from Paris til late afternoon.

            2. re: estufarian

              That's most kind, thank you estufarian.

            3. 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.

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              1. re: thimes

                Take a gander at John Talbott's Paris this week.
                Grest suckling pig at El Senador, less exciting stuff elsewhere.

                1. re: thimes

                  "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?

                  1. 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.