We just got to Madrid and decided to start off with a light tapas meal near our hotel, so we staggered into a nice looking tapas bar near the Paseo Prado/ Palace Hotel (Calle Dubuque de Medinacelli). We ordered a dish of octupus "in the Gallaecian style," which was served on a bed of potatoes, and a salad of tomatoes, olives, and anchovies. It was delicious - the octopus was tender and completely lacking that chewy, rubbery consistency. However, the portions were huge! Two dishes was sufficient, if not too much, for two people for a full meal. I had always thought that tapas were small dishes and that the idea was to taste your way through several. I am wondering if there is a way to order smaller dishes or if the tapas in other neighborhoods have smaller portions and prices. We paid 16 euros for the octopus and about 12 for the salad. Is this typical?
If this portion style is normal, we will stick to 2 dishes per meal, but if it is possible to order smaller dishes, we would much prefer to try multiple specialties.