Madrid: Life so far, Part 2 – A bumper food edition

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Here I am, with the sequel to this last post. Now…where was I?  Ah, yes. Food. A lot of food. Food of varying quality in more ways than one – bear with me here while you experience some horrendous mobile shots. Some of these places are dark, y’know? I take most pictures with my BEAUTIFUL iPhone 6S (rose gold, keepin’ me stylish) and some are taken with my backup iPhone5, which isn’t nearly as good. I hardly drag around my camera anymore, my bag is pretty small.  However speaking of my trusty camera, I took it on my latest trip to Salamanca, so quality will be better in that impending post (stay tuned!) if you’re OCD with consistency, and stuff like that.

I recall in my last post we talked a lot about Malasaña, so we’ll start with Malasaña food joints that bring me joy, and one that kinda doesn’t…because you gotta spice things up, y’know? Also, may I point out that Malasaña is minutes off Gran Vía, so it’s not too far a trek if you’re looking for somewhere slightly off the beaten track to dine on your city break, or for when you’re in Madrid, for whatever reason. *High five*

On a side note. I was so surprised at the amount of restaurants I mentioned here who let their domains expire or don’t have a website! To find them accurately and get more information such as menus and opening hours (a lot of spots in Spain run from 12pm to 4pm then 8pm to midnight or 1am) download the Yelp app. It will be invaluable during your time here.

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Balcón de Malasaña – I went here with three friends for dinner one Friday night. Marina from León, Bea from Cordoba and my good friend Vega from San Sebastian. We had a great night, the food was impressive and very Spanish. The picture on the far right is my main course; squid with an amazing sauce made from the ink, a black ali-oli. Don’t be turned off by the colour, it was one of the best sauces I’ve ever tasted! I kept saying this to the girls, each word through black creepy teeth, but whatever. Haters gonna hate.
The wine list is great, the food is great, the prices are great, but the service isn’t fantastic. They have a huge terrace so I think most of their attention is given to customers outside. Balcón de Malasaña is worth trying for the food. Just sit outside if you want to experience the best service.

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Café de la Luz – Cafe de la Luz is at the end of my street. A great little spot for lunch, brunch and cocktails, not to mention two free hours of internet and nice wooden tables for doing some work. People say the same about La Bicicleta at the other end of the street, but Cafe de la Luz is better. It’s not muggy or clammy inside and the staff are a lot friendlier.
The atmosphere is great any time of day, and I suggest you order the nordic sandwich, especially if you like smoked salmon and cream cheese. I’m incredibly particular about my margaritas (I make my own, didn’t you know?) and prefer them to be made with lime juice (totes rare here in Madrid, folks) but the fresh lemon juice margaritas at Cafe de la Luz are very impressive. They have a long list of cocktails, all are made with love and care. If you’re from Dublin, expect to pay more or less the same for a cocktail in Madrid, usually ranging from €7 to €9, no more than €10. If you want cheaper, go for beer or wine options. You can get a small beer as cheap as 90c in some places (Even the really touristy spot, Museo del Jamón) and a glass of wine can range from €1.50 to €3.50. I find €2.25 or €2.50 to be the average.

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La Jauria – A lovely little bar with a small dining area in the back. I suppose it would be seen as fancy-ish. The bar has a great atmosphere, playing all kinds of music from jazz, blues and Americana. If you find yourself here they have a good selection of cava, and the food is great but can be expensive…but it really depends on what you order. Some prices seem high for what you get, some are very fair. The cod pictured above wasn’t the cheapest, but I also had a really impressive venison burger here for around the same price. Their homemade croquettas of all different types are something I would highly recommend. It’s also fun to guess what they are, so really, they pay for themselves.

“This one is gorgonzola!”
“I’m convinced this one is HAM!!”

Exciting, right? You’re welcome.

I would also advise sticking to the tapas menu and sharing a few plates if you’re looking for better value.

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Le PatrÓn – Ah, Le Patrón, my first meal here in Madrid, and it didn’t disappoint. This restaurant is tiny, probably about 6 tables max (but don’t quote me on that) It’s charming, with comfy seats, a tiled floor and an old tin ‘Player’s Please’ sign that reminds me of my Mother – we have the same in our kitchen. I ordered tuna takaki (a very popular dish in Madrid I soon discovered) and to this day it’s the best one I’ve tried, during the course of my addiction. I’ve made tremendous strides in my recovery, but writing this is making my palms itch.

Everything about this spot is excellent, and I was given a cute little amuse bouche of quail’s egg and tuna croquette to begin. What’s better than that, really? They also have a really well priced Ribera del Duero – I had two glasses, both at €2.50 each. Just don’t have any chats about robbing banks or money laundering at Le PatrÓn, as chances are you’ll be heard, you absolute scamp.

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MOX – At Mox you’ll find salads and juices, that’s it. I have yet to try their juices so I can’t comment on those but their salads are AMAZING. I write that in caps because I can’t let you know in words how good they are. I posted the picture above of the Granada salad on my Instagram when I first moved here, asking the question, ‘Can you be in love with a salad?’ I mean, I think you can, when they’re this good. Each salad is €7.50 and the portions are generous. You’ll be full for many hours after, I assure you. They also take their time making each one, as it’s assembled in front of you completely from scratch; so take a seat and read one of their many magazines while they prepare you for the stairway to heaven. I would suggest stopping by here and picking up some salads to enjoy at the park.

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Nanai – A place in Malasaña where people are always sitting in the window having a cocktail or a coffee, and it looks really damn cosy. It’s simply decorated and the lighting is good but that was about it for me; I found it a bit of a flop, and quite cavernous. The food wasn’t great and it was overall quite expensive. If I was to return, it would be for a caña or a coffee in the window seats, which so many people do all day every day.

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Clarita – Ah, Clarita. You lovely little spot. I first visited this treasure back in May when my Dad came to visit; my housemate Nora recommended it to me, and I’m very glad she did. Or that I listened. Both of those things.
The atmosphere is wonderful, the service is great (my favourite waiter I nearly always get is from Buenos Aires and well, I have a soft spot for Argentines)  The menu is varied and there’s a lot of interesting options. To start, for example, the ceviche is mind blowing (seriously, the citrus flavours pack quite the punch) as are the battered prawns with the most incredibly creamy guacamole and crispy yuca chips.

When it comes to the main course, I didn’t add it to the collage with the others. It deserves it’s own full size image! The number one dish for me at Clarita is the lomo de buey (beef tenderloin) with foie melted all over the top. It is the dishes to end all dishes. I recommend it to one and all, but not during the hot summer nights because you’ll never digest it, keel over in the heat and most likely die. But it’s good. Really, really good. Succulent juicy meat with rich, gout inducing foie. YAAAS.
Also worth trying is the red tuna with pesto and broccoli, and their brocheta de rape y langostinos (monkfish and prawns.)

I had a really interesting take on tiramisu there too – the whole thing was whipped and served in a cocktail glass. Light as air; a weird foam of sorcery, but still packed a coffee and liqueur punch. Clarita is one of my all-time Madrid favourites and regular haunts.

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Nigiri – This place is already an old reliable, I go several times a week on my lunch break. What a place! It’s essentially Japanese fast food, yet..not really. There’s a kitchen of staff, all day long, who make fresh sushi dishes which are put in takeaway containers…so you can eat there or take whatever you desire with you – sashimi, sushi rolls, soup, udon, ramen, salads, ceviche…all fresh, all cheap. It’s heaven sent, really. You can also get all kinds of weird beverages (see my main image from this post) and Japanese ice cream like green tea, rose petal and strawberry, yuzu, that kind of thing. I tend to get a huge cup of edamame beans and salmon, chicken or duck udon and a drink for less than €8. Nigiri is the best for excellent sushi fast, and for value. DO IT. They also have free WiFi and combo deals!

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Lamucca – The ideal spot for delicious salads, pizzas, the best menu del día (less than €12 each for some really great food) and very impressive cocktails and desserts. I love Lamucca. I will never have a bad word said about it! Ok, so the service can be hit and miss but the food and drinks are worth the wait, and the salads are too good. I say this because I come here for lunch at the terraces quite a bit. The Lamucca salad (chicken, avocado, cheese, corn, pomegranate seeds) is my forever favourite and if you don’t love it, I’ll eat the imaginary hat I’m wearing.

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Ni Hao – Chinese food has a poor rep in Spain. It’s a sad state of affairs, but it seems to be the general consensus. I tend to steer clear of it as I haven’t had particularly great Chinese meals in various parts of Spain but I guess we really are spoiled when it comes to quality and choice in Ireland. I have seen others online agree about Chinese food in Spain but nothing good ever comes from generalising, and I had a serious craving. I did some research and was delighted to find a place that sounded promising, a 5 minute walk from me. Nestled in Plaza de la Luna in Malasaña (right where Malasaña ends and Gran Vía starts) you’ll find Ni Hao. Ni Hao is meant to be the absolute best. I tried it on Monday and it did not disappoint, I see why it gets such fantastic reviews. The food was outstanding – I would recommend the crispy duck (pato crujiente) and beef with chilli peppers (ternera con pimientos picante) There’s also enough choice to make your head spin and everything is very well priced.

Other places worth mentioning with no physical evidence as I was either drunk, engrossed in conversation or forgetful: Malasaña and Fuencarral (near Tribunal metro station, line 10):

  • Calle de Fuencarral is long. One direction is full of brand names and popular stores and the other up past Tribunal metro station (the station I use in Malasaña) are plenty of food chains that are cheap and cheerful. 100 Montaditos a childhood friend reminded me about and it’s definitely worth mentioning. (Hi Cathy!) You can get small crispy rolls in here filled with tasty stuff and a jarra (a pint) for €2. They also do pints of tinto de verano if you’re not into beer. Ridiculously cheap.
    There’s one on Fuencarral but another on Gran Vía and more in Sol. If you like that style of place, also see Cervecería La Sureña that do buckets of bottled beers on the cheap, and they have really nice chicken fingers. My first weekend here I went with about 15 Spaniards and I think it cost us €5 each for a lot of buckets, and a lot of chicken.
  • Luz de Luna – On the opposite side of where Ni Hao is between Malasaña and Gran Vía is a very cheap little spot with great tapas and pinchos to order. Beer and wine is cheap too, and you can get a nice medium sized bottle of Perrier-Jouët champagne for €25. Try their avocado prawn salad or their pincho of pork with honey mustard sauce on crusty bread.

 

  • At Greek and Shop you’ll find Greek wares, salads and cheeses and a café area where you can get amazing gyros and pitas to eat in or take away. Down on Calle del Pez there are several bars and restaurants – two cocktail bars I really like are La Bruta (really good Bulldog gin and tonic for €6 all day every day, and excellent cocktails) as well as 1862 Dry Bar, a very slick cocktail bar that reminds me of the VCC in Dublin. They also have a Walking Dead cocktail and only sell one a day.
  • Other places worth mentioning are Mercado de San Ildefonso; one of three food markets I know in the city and probably my favourite to try different things and have a drink, Harvey’s, (a cocktail bar that serves food too!) which is named after the 1950 movie with Jimmy Stewart. Delicious cocktails (the Durango is my favourite) and you’ll feel transported back in time with the old music and wonderful atmosphere.

 

  • La Camocha is a nice Asturian restaurant with cheap tapas, offers and really nice cider, Ojalá and Bar de Vacaciones are good for the atmosphere and last but not least, La Gula is a rugby themed bar in Malasaña. Owned by Sergio, a former rugby player from Argentina, La Gula is a great little bar with plenty of character and has the best thing ever – you can order a dish of provolone cheese, melted on a plate over onions or foie, to name just two. Delicious and most certainly worth a try, especially for cheese addicts.

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Very, very close by to Malasaña, Tribunal and Gran Vía is Chueca, another area with a few good places. FACT – I saw Viggo Mortensen once when I was there, and freaked out. Aragon from Lord of the Rings hangs out in Chueca.

La Mordida – A Mexican chain, and one of my favourite spots here. The very best spot to feed my insatiable appetite for Mexican food I’ve harboured my entire life. Really, really great Mexican food in cool surroundings, and everything is covered in about six layers of cheese. I am not exaggerating. The value is also outstanding, from cocktails to starters, mains and desserts. I love their menu because it’s creative in both presentation and dishes, and they offer a lot of set menus and group specials. They’re good at branding and putting their own spin on things, and even their desserts have a nice little touch. Bottom left are sweet nachos (made of pastry with sugar and cinnamon) with your choice of dulce de leche (caramel) or warm chocolate sauce. They’re only €2.50 too!

I would recommend sharing the (savoury) nachos and following with the alambre mixto (pieces of steak and chicken and vegetables in a web of melted cheese served with warm tortillas.)
There are plenty of these but the one on Calle de Belén is closest to me, so I recommend that one.

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Garbel – Another cheap spot if you find yourself running out of cash on your city break, which let’s face it, is nearly always the way. Garbel is a tapas place with a great offer. A litre of beer or Sangria and four plates of tapas to share for €15. There’s quite a long list to choose from; I tend to go for the pimientos de Padrón, morcilla with quails egg, ham croquetas and patatas bravas (these are really good) handy and cheap if you want to eat light and have a few drinks.

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La Tagliatella – An old favourite, for a long time! I first visited this restaurant in Pamplona 4 or 5 years ago in the Plaza Mayor. It was fantastic. So I was pleasantly surprised to find one in Salamanca, which I went to many, many times while I lived there. I didn’t realise it was a chain, but it’s a very good one at that. Again, these are all over the city but my favourite is in Chueca at Plaza del Rey. I went here one of my first weekends here and have been plenty of times ever since. I get on really well with the manager, Guillermo, a really nice guy from Venezuela. He organised the cake above for me for my birthday! I also have a special place for this chain because I was sitting in the window eating pizza when I saw Viggo Mortensen, and screamed. Good times.

I don’t eat pasta but the rest of the menu I can recommend. The pan de la casa (their olive, tomato and fried onion bread) is delicious, their salads are fantastic as are the pizzas (my favourite pictured is tartufi y funghi) and they serve up one of the best steaks I’ve ever tasted. I always order mine al punto with foie and port sauce. The wine list is good, the desserts are creative and mostly chocolate (win-win) and the place is very, very good value. I’ve had three course meals there for two with wine or prosecco and including tip it’s never more than €70. I would also recommend La Revoltosa beforehand for a pre dinner drink.

If you’re into food markets, I already mentioned Mercado de San Ildefonso in Malasaña. Down in Chueca, they have their own; Mercado de San Antón.  It’s just around the corner from La Tagliatella.

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Gran Vía, toward Sol have a few places I like to stop by too. Gran Vía itself has a lot of theatres, cinemas, high street stores and fast food places, but the side streets tend to have quieter and less crowded places.

Wasabi and Roll: I found this place by chance just off Gran Vía on Calle Flor Baja. I thought the name was cool, I had had a really busy day and it looked quiet so I stopped for lunch. I’ve been a couple of times since and I really like it, but warning; it can be expensive. Probably because the food there are works of art! The top left is and far right are both the same shot, a mixed seafood sashimi. Everything on the plate is edible apart from the banana leaf and reeds.
These dishes are the best presentation I’ve seen yet. Since arriving in Madrid I’ve developed not only an addiction to tuna takaki but to pez mantequilla (butter fish) and Wasabi & Roll serves really good butterfish. The dish in the middle is a tuna and avocado tartare. Nice if you like spice, and goes very well with Asahi. Just to show the difference in terms of price; Madrid varies, a lot. A bottle of Asahi here is €3.50, and the very same will cost you €1.95 at Nigiri I mentioned above. Service is excellent, WiFi is fast and it’s so relaxing in there, you’ll be in no hurry waiting for your artwork to arrive.

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Takos al Pastor: When I mentioned La Mordida I suggested ordering an alambre, a web of cheese with meat and other delicious things that you put in warm delicious soft tortillas! Takos al Pastor is off Gran Vía and does alambres too, and more. It’s cheap, it’s fast, it’s authentic, small, simple and always packed. You can order a selection of tacos like pollo, chorizo, vegetable…they have a good selection; and all are €1 each. I would highly recommend going for an alambre though. At just €6, these guys are amazing, filling and excellent value. Cocktails are €3 and beers start at €1. An amazing spot when you’re counting down the days until payday! Oh, and I almost forgot, you can get horchata there too. If you see a little queue outside door don’t worry. They’re used to the crowds and you’ll be served very swiftly.

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Musashi – Also just off Gran Vía is my favourite sushi in Madrid. It’s top notch, at really good prices. They do an excellent sashimi and kimichi, but their rolls are the star of the show. I love when you order freshly made sushi rolls and the rolls are so fresh the rice is super soft and the whole thing is melt in the mouth. Well, that’s exactly what you’ll get here at Musashi. I never really gave California rolls much of a thought until I tried them here. Life changing! They are perfect and I recommend them to everyone, so they’re probably bored of listening to me, but no one can miss out.

Delicious prawns, soft creamy avocado and some sort of special mayonnaise that makes it the perfect little bundle. My sister and I love them so much that one day I had lunch alone there and ordered them without her. She loves them so much, I still feel kinda guilty!
So round up your pals/fellow students/travel buddies/bestie/dog and go for a meal and share all sorts of dishes. Wine and beers are incredibly cheap here too. It’s also close to a really excellent blues bar where you could go after if you’re too full and refuse to go anywhere that isn’t within waddling distance.

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Central Mexicana / Gourmet Experience El Corte Inglés – There are several El Corte Ingles stores leading from Gran Vía toward Sol. The one at Plaza de Callao is my favourite (the square where the Schweppes sign is and a huge cinema, you can’t miss it) this El Corte Inglés has an artisan supermarket up top, but also lots of little restaurants and a rooftop bar with great views of the city. The restaurants are all different, so you have a choice of whatever you fancy; Hamburgers, hotdogs, tapas, sushi, bakeries and my favourite, once again – a Mexican called Central Mexicana.

I love this little place; I have tried a lot of nachos in Madrid and margaritas (always looking for ones made with lime juice!) and these nachos (€12) are my number 1 choice out of 3. La Mordida comes in at number 2 for nachos. Why? Because the guacamole at Central Mexicana is the best.
The margaritas are also my favourite, but they are seriously strong. I don’t know how much tequila they put in there, but one would make you fall off your chair. You’ll be flutered! The best value is to share a jarra or a media jarra, you save a couple of euro that way than ordering them individually.

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I have tried two restaurants in and around the Plaza Mayor, the first, Los Galayos I had a really nice lunch in years ago, and when I saw the sign one evening decided to try it out again. It’s a really nice little spot, and very traditionally Spanish in style and food, although they have put a bit of a twist on some of the dishes. It’s expensive enough considering it’s location but worth every penny, I think we ended up spending a four hour dinner in there. To start, we shared tempura vegetables with prawns. For the main course, a shoulder of lamb and monkfish meatballs with prawns. Service is excellent and we noticed a lot of large (and full) tables it seems to be a very popular choice for group bookings.

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Metro Bistro – Behind the Plaza Mayor you’ll find Metro Bistro. I realise these are pretty bad shots, because I didn’t include any pictures of the main courses. I can’t remember exactly why, the most likely explanation was probably hunger. Metro Bistro is a very stylish little place by Matías Smith. The food is creative, the atmosphere was perfect and the shot we were given of Mojito de Apio to begin was a nice touch. You can order the full size version on the menu too (a mojito made with rum, lime, sugar, mint and celery…but the original version is there too of course!) We were given really interesting breads to start with olive butter. One bread was cocoa (not our favourite because it did taste like chocolate but interesting flavours) and bread with a hint of orange which was really delicious when you really wouldn’t think so.

We veal and bacon hamburger with caramelised onions, camembert and yucca and I had more pez mantequilla (butter fish) but this time it was braised, so it was a whole new experience! Thick chunks of delicious butter fish served on a picked salad with ponzu sauce.
We shared a portion of metro potatoes, with three different and very unique takes on romesco. Metro Bistro also offers a 7 course tasting menu for €38 per person.

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Here is what the Plaza Mayor looks like from behind, which to me looks more beautiful. This is Calle Cava de San Miguel, where you’ll find more traditional Spanish restaurants like Mesón Rincón de la Cava, Meson del Champiñon, Emma Cocina (Oh heyyy) Mesón de la Tortilla (yep, you’ve guessed what they serve there) and just a little further on you’ll find the famed Restaurante Botín. Founded in 1725; this makes Botín one of the oldest restaurants in the world.

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Behind the Plaza Mayor you’ll also find yet another food market; Mercado de San Miguel. This place is pretty classy altogether. There’s plenty of stuff you can try, like oysters, cheeses, croquetas, flat breads, tiny burgers and chips, caviar…whatever, really. Grab yourself a beer or glass of wine at the bar and stroll around and see what catches your eye. Again it’s a little expensive, food markets tend to be, but it’s worth taking a stroll around. There are chairs and tables outside for you to sit down and enjoy your purchases, and a few cocktail stands inside if you want something stronger. I’d advise you visit in the mornings, or during the week. The weekends can be hectic, especially if you’re not a fan of crowds.

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Mosey on down past the aforementioned Botín (one of the oldest restaurants) and go straight down Calle Cava Baja and you’ll find yourself at La Latina. This place is one of my favourite places to go in the city. It’s the best little neighbourhood for drinking, socialising and tapas. So if you want an evening where you do nothing but go from bar to bar to try all sorts of small plates of this and that, La Latina is for you! It’s very busy on the weekends, but nearly everyone stands in each bar as you won’t be there for long, so there’s plenty of room for all and a great atmosphere.

La Concha is a cava bar in La Latina which I really, really like. It’s hard to find a bar dedicated to really good cava, and different types at that. I’m a big cava fan and really enjoy the style of this place. It’s tiny but I’ve spent many great and memorable hours here. The staff are the best, with each drink you order they almost always bring you another snack. The top left image is goat’s cheese with peppercorn. La Concha also does gluten free tapas and have a good range of wines, some spirits and beer.

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Wanna try the best tortilla de patatas in Madrid? Yeah you do! Well, it’s in La Latina at Juana la Loca. People say the one in Malasaña at Bodega de la Ardosa is good, and it is, but it’s not a patch on this one. The one at Juana la Loca is the best because it’s made with caramelised onions so there’s a lovely sweetness to it, and it tastes really eggy. Plus it’s served on a slice of bread and the bread is all soggy, which I kind of love about it.

A pincho of tortilla is €4 here, most other places it’s €3 but totally worth it. All the pinchos here look really unique and delicious. Wash then down with a small beer or wine though; I ordered two gin and tonics here and I was shocked when I paid the bill – each gin and tonic was €12 – two slices of tortilla and two gin and tonics for €32 is a bit insane. In the middle photo you’ll see me drinking a massive fishbowl of Tanqueray and tonic. That cost me €6 a few doors down at La Bolita Negra. Go there and don’t make the same mistake I did!
The photo on the far right is from La Martina. A very nice little bar with really good pinchos and cocktails. The one on the left is solomillo (sirloin) with goats cheese and caramelised onion. The other is morcilla, asparagus and something else I can’t remember…d’oh. T’wasn’t mine.

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In the opposite direction of the square you’ll find Puerta del Sol. One of the busiest places in the city. I mainly use it for meeting people, but mostly to get myself to Calle de Cádiz, Calle Barcelona and Calle de Epoz y Mina – my favourite little bundle of streets, wall to wall with tapas bars that aren’t far from the tourist areas yet cheap and delicious. There are also four (yes, four) Irish bars there too, amongst it all. They came in handy for the Euros, and the Irish fans would bring a tear to your eye. The Irish bars are O’Reillys, O’Connells, Dubliners and my favourite; La Fontana de Oro in that area on Calle Victoria. These places charge tourist prices though, so expect to pay what you would in…well, an Irish bar at home.

The bars and restaurants here serve things like chorizo a la sidra (chorizo in cider, my absolute favourite) calamari, gambas al ajillo (sizzling prawns in garlic) morcilla (black pudding) patatas bravas, tortilla, jamón iberico…all the good stuff, really. My favourite, (where I’m pictured above) is La Abuela.  They have the best chorizo a la sidra, and all the guys working there are really nice and chatty. In a lot of the bars around there you’ll get a mojito for €4.50, and there’s a place called Amigos that have a great selection of cheap cocktails too. The bar is a bit dark but its fine for one or two!

Near these streets is a square called Plaza de Jacinto Benavente, with more cinemas and theatres. One of the streets that leads towards the Plaza Mayor from here is called Calle Bolsa, where there’s the most amazing restaurant. The whole place is a wonderful experience, from the lavish surroundings to the incredible food and live opera. It’s worth making a reservation for for a special event or for something special and different. I’ll be doing an independent post on the restaurant (there are some pictures on my Instagram too) but for reservations, their menu and more information, click here for the Capilla de la Bolsa site. It would be one of my top 5 places to visit in the city.

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Last but certainly not least is Tierra. More Mexican food, hooray! Tierra is all over the place; so you’re bound to cross one. They do the most amazing burritos, like Boojum in Dublin but somehow heavier. They weigh a tonne. They also have excellent nachos, and a happy hour offer – a litre of either lime (finally) or strawberry margarita and loaded nachos for €14.95. They also have a wonderful selection of craft beers if you’re weird and don’t like margaritas.
I am obsessed with Tierra. Their margaritas tie with the ones from Central Mexicana, and their burritos are the best. Same goes for their burrito bowls and nachos. The whole layout reminds me of Boojum actually, and the way you order. The only reason their nachos come in third is because they can be such a mess to eat. The cheese is liquid cheese and they give so much of everything the sour cream can get a bit intense but sure LOOK, they are divine. Give them a go if you love Mexican.

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And that concludes my list of places where I like to eat stuff. I’m sure there’s more, in fact I know there is, but I’m sure you’ll discover plenty of places on your own that hopefully you’ll share with me!
I’ll leave you all with this image of me which I’ve decided to call ‘How food makes me feel.’

Have a wonderful trip, I hope your finger isn’t half dead from scrolling or you now want to eat everything in sight (please, put Rex down) and if you’re looking for any specific recommendations, hit me up and I’ll do what I can!

Emma x

 

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  • Stephanie Buckley

    OMG food looks amazing, I’m starvin’ now after looking at all your photos!!! I just put a pork loin in the oven, I don’t think I can wait 45minutes for it to cook. Arghhh… get me to Madrid 🙂

  • Blankyta

    A great post!!! thank you very much for sharing your opinions and precious pictures about all of these restaurants and spots with us! I fell in love with the salads of “Mox” 😀
    Ahh, I searched for “Tagliatella” in Granada and I found it jiji, so we´ll go there! xxx

    • Emma

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked it xx

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