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Madrid in early May, 2010


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Madrid in early May, 2010

sernoff | Mar 13, 2010 04:58 PM

My wife and I will be traveling to Barcelona and Madrid in early May. This post will deal only with Madrid, where we will spend three days.

First, at the risk of boring respondents, a few words about us. We are seniors; we tire more easily than before and our dining habits are in transition. We expect to eat our main meal in early to mid-afternoon and "snack" with some wine in early evening. We visualize a routine akin to a trip to Venice a few years ago ( main meal early and "chichetti" later).

We prefer to eat traditional dishes, not generally available to us In the U.S., as distinguished from molecular cuisine or other modern interpretations. As for price, we would like to limit our costs for a main meal to around E100, if possible.

1) We would like to enjoy a fine traditional paella without a trip to Valencia. We gather that El Ventorillo Murciano and Samm offer very good paella. Is that right? Do they serve paella in the lunch segment of the day? Are we missing other restaurants in Madrid we should consider? Is Samm too remote from centro or otherwise not suitable for older travelers not from Madrid or Spain?

2) We would like to enjoy roast suckling pig or, preferably, roast suckling lamb, at a traditional asador. We gather that Asador Tierra Aranda and Botin are fine purveyors of these dishes. Are we correct? Are there other asadors we should consider for these dishes? Please note, in this regard, we have no interest in steak or chops, which we understand are the offerings of many fine Basque asadors. Are roasts of the sort we have mentioned available on luncheon menus?

3) We would like to enjoy fine Madrilleno seafood, particularly shellfish, that is not always available in the U. S. Unfortunately, our budget prevents visits to some of the finest seafood restaurants in Madrid. We have in mind the following restaurants: Sirena Verde, El Cantabrico, Ribeira do Mino and El Cucurucho del Mar. We will appreciate any comments on these restaurants or guidance to other quality seafood restaurants in our price range.

4) Our review of this site and other sources has disclosed some recommendations of fine, modestly-priced restaurants offering traditional regional cuisine, These include La Sanabresa, Casa Fidel, Taberna Toscana, and El Mollete. Any comments on these restaurants or other "gems" we have missed will be appreciated.

5) As for tapas, in the evening, we have a long list of wonderful places in the La Latina area (on or near Cava Baja) and a few around Sol or Callao. Recommendations in Chueca would be most welcome.

Thanks in advance for your comments.

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