I just returned from a quick visit to madrid last week. While I didn't post questions, I did read through previous posts regarding Madrid and wanted to give my input on some of the places that we tried out.
Mercado San Miguel - right by the Plaza Mayor - really fun market. we went their twice for lunch and enjoyed trying the different vendors. Really liked the following:
- little cheese plates
- smoked salmon/toast and bacalo/toast
- nice platter of jamon iberico (went for the 14 euro for 100 gram type and it was delish)
- cava and some rioja at the wine bar
Lots of people were eating what looked like shell on shrimp or prawn, but we didn't get a chance to try it.
Tempranillo - went there the first night. we weren't very hungry so only tried two plates: the potatoes with fried egg on top (yum!) and the grilled squid (delish). had 2 nice bottles of wine that were reasonably priced. Very busy on a thursday night!
Cerveceria Cervantes - right by the Thyssen museum and across the street from the Prado Museum. We stayed at the Westin Palace and Cervicia Cervantes was less than a 3 minute walk. We ended up coming here for both a dinner and a lunch and both were fantastic and I highly recommend it in between museums or after a museum
dinner - they have the most delicious olives! had olives, grilled octopus with potatoes, chorizo platter, garlic shrimp and a bottle of the rioja + a few beers, I think it came out to about 60-70 euros
lunch - had an assortment of the toasted bread with different toppings. the bacalao was very delicious but my favrorite was the toast with a garlic aoili spread and shrimp on top. yum yum. Salmon was also very delicious.
Txirimiri - Our favorite restaurant of all of them. Really lived and exceeded expectations.
We had the following:
- croquettes with ham and mushroom and a little truffle oil (good)
- salad that had what tasted like a warm bacon dressing (good)
- risotto with mushroom and foie gras (amazing!)
- hamburguesa unai (amazing!)
- beef cheeks (like pot roast, but better!)
All in all, Txirimiri was the clear favorite followed by Cerveceria and then Tempranillo.
We also had dinner one night at Lateral in Plaza santa ana. While not fancy, their sangria was delicious and we enjoyed sitting in the plaza and people watching while drinking sangria, eating some jamon iberco and some croquetas.
Hope this helpes someone!