By now you’ve learnt that Spanish culture revolves around food. Spaniards love nothing better than to enjoy a good loud chat as they eat tapas and drink vino. The wonderful thing about Madrid is that you are able to find some amazing eateries that won’t cost you an arm or a leg.
When it comes to Madrid eating out is pretty reasonable compared to other city’s in Europe.
Calle de las Infantas
This is somewhat of an institution in Madrid. Not only is it a favourite with locals, but many visitors to the city as well. Whenever you order a cider or a small beer you’ll receive a plate of free tapas as well. Because the food is so good and the prices are cheap this place tends to be packed all the time. If you want to make sure you get a seat then go early (before 8pm). Be aware you need to take cash as they don’t accept credit or debit cards.
La Finca de Susana
This is a restaurant where you can enjoy great Spanish and European home-cooked style meals. The portion sizes are quite generous and unlike some other restaurants there isn’t a lot of fried food on the menu. Expect to pay between €7 and €13 for their chicken, duck or fish dishes. If you want to make sure that you get a table in the evening, arrive as they are just opening at 8pm. They are always pretty busy and don’t allow you to reserve a table beforehand.
Al-Jaima Cocina del Desierto
If you would like to try something a little different, then this restaurant is perfect. It serves delicious food that is typical to areas of North Africa such as Moroco and Algeria. Although they offer conventional dining areas, why not try out one of the nooks with their comfy cushions. Again portion sizes are decent here and as for the price, expect to pay between €6 and €9 for each dish.
If you would love to try some traditional tavern cuisine from the Basque region, this is the place to go. This isn’t as cheap as some of the other places we mention in this article, but their tavern menu is reasonable. 3 of the large raciones (starting at €9.50) shared between 4 of you will prove more than enough.
Manuela Malasaña 18
For such a great venue you’ll find that the prices charged for their delicious tapas selection is reasonable. You’ll have to pay between €4 and €7 per portion (raciones) of tapas. But you can if you want pay more and enjoy the bigger meals on offer. One thing you’ll definitely want to try here is the bombas. These are potato dumplings that have been filled with meat. Along with the dumplings you get 3 types of dip to enjoy with them.