One of the biggest problems to have when traveling abroad is where to eat. Well, we attempt to give you three options here in Madrid, Spain. We looked for simplicity, quality, casual atmosphere, and casual pricing. Here are three choices in random order:
Canas Y Tapas
Tucked away on a small street just a block or two from Puerta del Sol, and just behind El Cortez Inglese, the large Target type store with a grocery component, is the quaint little place called Canas Y Tapas. Sitting in the bar area provides a more local atmosphere and an experience for a beer or wine and a small plate. They run specials daily. Scrambled eggs and chorizo with potatoes mixed and served in a small skillet, much more elegant sounding in Spanish, will cost about 5,50 euros. Mix it with a beer and you’ve got a great lunch. They’ll offer a complimentary tapa with your drink order. It’s usually Brava, potatoes in brava sauce, a slight spice to it and very good.
Their english is a bit rusty, well very rusty. But remember, your Spanish is probably non-existent to poor. If you take it slow and be patient, you’ll manage. They are nice people and very willing to help you understand. Courtesy goes a long way and remembering that other patrons are there too, helps.
Their specials run all the time. It’s worth a look for the price.
Head on over to the corner of Barcelona and Cadiz, a great place for alfresco dinning choices. For lunch, you will find the area more low-key. At night the two streets become another center for gathering, socializing and eating. Numerous restaurants frame the two streets.
Majaderitos is positioned at the top of the “T” at the intersection of the two streets, giving one a great view up the hill of Barcelona street, also know as Calle Barcelona. The people watching is superb.
While there why not try a half order of Gambon, grilled shrimp, at seven euros? A copa de Penamonte will run about 2,50 euro, and the aqua will cost about two euros. They’ll also offer a complimentary bowl of brava with your drink order.
As an alternate to Majaderitos, walk across the corner to Cuevas El Secreto. With a slightly different menu its a nice choice too. They speak some english, but again, patience goes a long way.
Casa De Granada
An interesting place where no english spoken, but miming is acceptable in Casa de Granada. A sense of adventure is required when visiting this secretive roof top lounge perched on top of an old apartment building. That’s right, you read it right, an old apartment building with a view where one sees for miles the plains of Espana.
Enter the building through a small older doorway in need of some maintenance. Make your way to the elevator shaft, you might be thinking you’re in the wrong place. Push the top floor button and you are on slow haul to the terrace.
Prior to venturing out, plug the address, Calle Doctor Cortez0 17 into your GPS. Upon arrival, you’ll be able to see the terrace, white decor with clear glass railings, from street level. Once you confirm your location, put your fears aside and go for it. It should prove a memorable experience.
A glass of red will run about 3,50 euros, but keep in mind they send great nibblies with each order, smoked tuna with tomato on a toasted bagette to almonds, chips, olives, and whatever else they feel like surprising you with.
Spanish is a big help here, but if you are patient and play a great game of mime, then chances are you will have a unique experience.
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