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Chowing in Madrid for six months - feedback on the itinerary?

theannerska | Jan 6, 2007 02:34 PM

Hey 'hounds,

I'm about to embark on my study abroad semester in Madrid - I'll be there in about five days, and will stay until June. I've tried to look at some past threads on the board, so I'd really appreciate any input you may have about the places I've put on the to-chow list - any updates on the food, whether another place would be better, etc. Some spots are from guidebooks, so I'm not sure how reliable those would be...

General tabernas/tapas places:
- Casa del Abuelo (for gambas al ajillo)
- La Ardosa
- La Bola
- Los Gabrieles
- El Sobrino del Botín
- Taberna Almendio
- Taberna Antonio Sanchez
- Viva Madrid
- La Barbuja Que Rie (for fabada and cidra)
- Casa Mira (for sweets, especially turrón)
- Las Bravas (for patatas this more of a tourist trap?)
- Casa Albert
- Casa Lucas
- Cerveceria Cervantes
- Los Gatos (for boquerones)
- Museo del Jamón (for iberico ham)
- La Toscana
- El Tempanilla

On the Cava Baja, I've gotten recs for:
- Giangrossi (artisanal helado)
- El Viajero (the 3rd-floor terrace and canhas)
- Tapa Sentao (cheese churros)

For chocolate con churros (worthy of its own category) my plan - following butterfly's rec - is to go to Chocolateria San Ginés and get chocolate to go, then have it with churros from Múñiz...

For places that resemble actual restaurants:
- Kawara (cheap Japanese, though I'm not sure whether I'd crave it that badly (I'm originally from NYC, and we have enough Japanese food here)
- Pausa
- Ribeira Do Miño (Galician seafood)
- and a Chinese restaurant, name unknown, near the Plaza España metro...the entrance is apparently at the corner of an underground parking lot. It seems like a great chow-ish find, though the details I have (from a friend's vague rec) aren't too promising.

ANY feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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