to Madrid it Vortal City Network
The exuberant and delicious
Madrilean cuisine features the specialties
of the entire country, with only a few dishes
originally from the Capital. The only two
dishes that are one hundred percent from
Madrid are the Cocido, and the Callos. The
cocido is a broth that contains chick peas,
vegetables, chicken, pig meat and beef.
The callos is the famous tripe. Madrid 's
visitors should always keep in mind that
the usual hours for lunch and dinner are
a lot later than the usual times. This is
also true for the rest of Spain . Lunch
is not served before 2PM and the time for
dinner is no earlier than 10PM . Before
and after the meals, the people from Madrid
have the famous "tapas."
are delicious samples, (the first time served
on the house, but then they need to be paid
for), that usually are enjoyed with a large
glass of wine or a pint of beer. This tradition
has now been adopted even by the tourist
that cannot resist to "tapear:" to go from
one bar to the other in search of the delicious
"bocadillos" (small sandwiches), classic
"Tortillas," tasty "Croquetas" and the traditional
"mariscos" (sea food). The tradition of
the tapas starts early and ends late, right
in time for the "movida," (the most intense
nightlife of all Europe .)
El Bodegon - Pinar 15
This fancy restaurant features traditional
Basque food with a touch of Castilla.
Casa Lucio - Cava Baja
At this old restaurant you can enjoy
the real typical Castilian specialties.
Casa Botin - Cuchilleros
It is known as the oldest restaurant
in the world, the most ordered Castilian
specialties are the "Cochinillo"
(Piglet) and the roasted lamb.
- Carrera San Jeronimo 8
The restaurant on the second floor
is specialized in "callos a la Madrileña."
The "Pastelería" on the first
floor specializes on soups and broths.
La Paloma - Jorge Juan 39
La Bola - Calle La Bola 5
The delicious selection of sea food
and steaks on the menu of this restaurant
are still reasonably priced
Features traditional dishes such as
the authentic "cocido madrileño"
cooked slowly on a clay bowl.
Museo del Jamon - Carrera de San Jeronimo
El jamon (Ham) is the absolute king
at this bar. It covers the walls of
the place and can be ordered in the
varieties "Serrano" and "Ibérico."
Casa Labra - Tetuan 12
Since 1860 this bar has made of the
"Soldaditos de Pavia" (Codfish filet
fried on butter) its main specialty.
- Jesús 2
The customers of this bar can choose
from and infinite variety of tapas.
- Manuel Fernandez Gonzalez 7
The most significant characteristic
of this bar is the splendid "azulejos"
(colorful ceramic tiles) that cover
the entire restaurant (inside and
Taberna de Dolores - Plaza
This place is located at Huertas -the
tapas quarter- and offers delicious
selections of sea food.
Casa Alberto - Calle de las
Historic Restaurant with a good selection
of tapas and prices still very affordable.