So, you love tapas...plan a trip to Spain and think you'll be gorging on all your favorite dishes. Well, be prepared to do some hunting for good restaurants! Just like all of us states-side, the Spaniards eat junk! More KFC's, McD's and Pizza Huts than you can shake a churro at. After 5-6 days of olives, bread, ham, ham and more ham...we stumbled across two places I had to post about.
Entrecajas (which I think translates to 'out of the box'?) on Calle Moreria in Madrid. About a 10 minute walk from the Opera House area. tfno: 913651214. We found it by accident while walking to a place a guidebook had written up- so glad we took the risk. A smallish, wine-bar sort of place feeding 30-somethings...great atmosphere, terrific service and not tapas (for a nice change). We had a salad (sort of unheard of) to share and split several entrees...a pasta dish with chicken and some tequila sauce (?), filet of beef and a veal scallopini dish. Loved this place! With wine for 3 people...90 euros.
The other is Cornucopia on Calle Flora (near Opera..but moving locations so call ahead). We found them in Frommers- which gave them a sort of blase review...It's owned by two American women, a Frenchmen and a Spainard. There is amazing artwork shown throughout and the food is to die for. They change the menu seasonally, I think...but I had a stuffed pork tenderloin with roasted apples...also a goat cheese tambale for a starter. Great wine selection...and the service was impeccible. I'd go back to Madrid just for dinner. Call 91 547-64-65. With wine for 3 people...110 euros. www.restaurantecornucopia.com