Think of Spanish food and the first thing that likely springs to mind would be Tapas. Tapas are just great (if you find the right place). If you do it wrong, confusion will abound. The following is a collection of tapas restaurants around Madrid for that authentic Spanish dinning experience – everything from Galician and Canarian and everything else is in the middle.
El Escaldon – C/Nuncio 17, Madrid, La Latina
An offering of Spanish food but from the Canaries. Here you can sample some salted water boiled potatoes with the special sauces know as “picon” – made with either red peppers from the Canaries and or cilantro. The baked goats cheese with onions caramelised in rum is also one not to be missed. Other things to try here would be the croquetas and the taco de ternera. Must try.
Taberna Maceira – C/ de Las Huertas, 6
Serving Galician food from the north of Spain. This restaurant has a great selection of sea food. Must tries would include the pulpo a la gallega (octopus), merluza con gambas (hake) and also the cheeses and pimientos del padron. The Galician wine, Albarino is also served. They also pay Galician folk music; which is a treat. (Please note: service here is somehow lacklustre, but the food will sort that out)
La Manduca – Av. Donostiarra, 6, Ventas/El Carmen
This is an authentic Spanish food experience coupled with the home bar vibe. Located not too far from the centre and a hop and a skip from Plaza de Torros de las Ventas. They offer a not to be missed serving of patatas bravas with alioli (garlic mayo) and salsa brava. You must also try the huevos rotos con jamon, the canapes (long pieces of toasted ‘baguettes’) which include smoked cod with brie cheese, among other options. Ask you waiter for the dish of day, which sometimes is as adventurous as pig snout or ears. This is a must visit for a truly Spanish food experience free from tourism hot spots.
Las Bravas – Various Location. Check: www.lasbravas.com
This is a charming collection of 3 restaurants well located in close proximity to Sol. They offer a not to be beaten taste of Spanish food in the centre. The patatas bravas and croquetas here alone will give you a broad understanding of local cuisine. To also try would be the tortilla espanola and the pincho morruno (meat skewers)