Arrived the 14th. While waiting for hotel room to be ready, had breakfast on Calle Plaza Mayor, at Cerveceria Cruz Blanca. One coffee con leche, one cortado, 2 ham and cheese rolls for 6.60 Euros. While we were there, a bunch of businessmen came in, stood in the back, drank their coffees and smoked, then left. Not a destination, but it worked.
Huevos Lucio on Cava Baja
Shared a plate of manchego--it was ordinary.
fried eggplant with a spicy tomato sauce. Good. The eggplant were sliced very thinly, lengthwise, and had only a light coating on them.
shrimp: very lightly dusted with flour and served with a mayonaisse sauce. The shrimp were very good. I dont generally use sauces on seafood but this one was fine.
One bottled water, 2 glasses of wine, 2 servings of bread, 35 Euros.
This place had a bustling bar in the front, and tables in the back and downstairs. As the name implies, there were some interesting looking egg dishes.
lunch at the Baron Thyssen museum.
I had a nice tomato-based fish soup with a good amount of shellfish. Friend had smoked salmon on bread. Split a chocolate cake. I think she had a Coke. total was 18. This cafeteria was actually very nice, with options of a tapas bar or table service.
Tapas at La Cruzada. By 10:30, which from what I understand is still fairly early in Madrid, this place was still not hopping. But it was pleasant enough. We had two pcs. of toast with bacalao, and something that was billed as a tortilla but was not what I expected. It was less like a Spanish tortilla and more like a latke, very lacy. It was billed as shrimp but there wasnt much evidence of that. Still, tasty. Those two things and two glasses of wine were 12.15 E. Address: Amnistia, 91 548 01 31
lunch: the cafeteria in the Prado. Not a nice looking place, especially compared to the Thyssen. I had a tuna sandwich. It was pretty bad. Try to eat elsewhere.
dinner: La Botilleria del Cafe del Oriente, near the Opera House. Started with olives and sardines at the table. Split eggplant stuffed with lamb (very good), toast with smoked fish paste and something billed as tunawings (fine), and chorizo (good). For dessert split a piece of very rich chocolate cake and a meruinge sandwich cookie filled with almond paste, which was sweet but good. Plus two glasses white wine, one café con leche, total 30.30 Euros.
Barcelona report to follow.