LOVED this place!
This place isn't far from Plaza del Sol which is a super touristy part of town. That said however, there were not a lot of tourists here. Clearly, this is a local hang out. Although...they did have a menu in English for us. So... still, looking around, this seemed like a local crowd. Or tourists who all spoke beautiful Spanish.
For starters, they set down a small dish of chorizo or something like it. Since I haven't eaten meat in about 23 years, I couldn't tell you what it was. However...I *could* tell you that it tasted really delicious and I astounded my husband by asking for seconds and thirds. Yup, that's how good the stuff was.
Hubby had some meat dish that he loved - and devoured heartily. I had grilled prawns that were delicious and fresh. We also had some Spanish tortilla and washed it all down with some rioja. So good.
But, you need to time it right. It was a Sunday evening - early - like somewhere around 7p or 8p and it was PACKED. Luckily, we didn't have to wait for a table. It was
amazing. Go here!!!
I lost my friends one night and walked into here looking for them and
never left. I spent a wonderful evening drinking red wine and evouring
the food that the barman kept bringing. Lovely smoked chorizo slices in a
crusty bread, pimento de Padrone done to perfection. This place is next
to a load of otehr Irish type tourist bars and I recommend this for a
break from the mayhem. Came in here a couple of days later for an
afternoon and it was packed with a diverse mix of locals and the more
mature tourist. recommend the pimento de Padrone over anything else,
House red is a good and service very attentive. Very cheap as well
Ugh, this place was so stupid good.
On our last night of our two week European adventure we settled into a table at Venta el Buscon not even realizing what was about to happen.
We ordered a ton of things for the two of us. A huge jug of sangria, the patatas bravas, the Spanish meatballs, the paella, and the garlicky shrimp. It might not sound like a lot, but the portions were huge.
Holy sh*t, everything we ate was amazing. Who knew Spanish meatballs were like the best things ever? And after all the patatas bravas we had in Spain, this was the best. The aoili was incredible. The paella was a bit mindblowing and though the shrimp were a little "shrimpy", the sauce was to die for.
All of the waiters were more than nice to us and though they didn't know what "Yelp" was, I told them they'd find out soon enough.
If you're in Madrid, go here.
Stumbled across this restaurant whilst on a desperate search for meat, after having suffered from 5 days of bread, fruit, and water (half from the deplorable food scene in Granada and half from a bout of food poisoning the one meal I dared to eat meat in Granada)
I'll admit part of what lured me in was the rabo de toro - Spanish oxtail stew - and partially also the attractive waiters.. in any case, the food was delicious, the waitstaff friendly (which, believe me, is hard to come by in a country where restaurant etiquette is rather lazy to put it euphemistically), and the prices reasonable. My stew was flavorful and generous at €10, accompanied with a glass of delicious sangria to wash it down. The party next to me had divine looking plates of mussels, clams, and salmon, as well as gazpacho for their post-meal. Don't know if this is standard practice or the fact that I was a chick dining alone, but the waiters gave me a free chupito of something (yerva? Who cares) at the end. I'm still buzzing in a delightful way and it's only mid-afternoon.
This is located right off the plaza between Tirso de Molina and Puerta del Sol, and is worth a stop by while you wait for a v.o.s. playing of a movie at the nearby Yelmo Cines or on your way back from the overwhelming eye candy at one of Madrid's great art museums.
This was the first place we ate at in Spain, my first vermút (not my last, YUM), and the Mr's first cerveza Maho (can you get it here, Bevmo here we come). It was also our first plate of patatas bravas, and our first chupito at the end of the meal (I think it was chartreuse, which I don't like). We just had the potatos and a plate of cheese I think, but we both loved the spot, even though it probably wasn't the most vegetarian friendly restaurant in Madrid (this is true of most bars, where Jamón seems to be king).
My family and I had a very filling breakfast here. For just a few euros, you can a beverage and tostada (toast) dish. The tostada dishes come with a variety of options including tomato spread, bacon, jam, eggs, etc. The tomato spread was so good! It reminded me of bruschetta minus the basil. The portions here were huge! There was soooo much bacon! And it was really good bacon! My sister had the cured ham and cheese tostada, which also had a TON of food. Everyone opted for their freshly squeezed orange juice for their beverage. Overall this place was such a great value for a hearty breakfast.
Again another winner in Madrid! Bar guys were very friendly and tapas were good. I think you can get better tapas in Madrid but as a place to hang out it's as good as any!
sepia aoli very tasty and it is also worth to try the paella, I can also recommend the vino rosado, really nice tapas bar I will definitly come back
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