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Gastronomy in Madrid

Delicious dishes in Madrid


In Madrid, restaurants offer a wide variety of dishes: While you are there we recommend you to try your meals in restaurants with traditional Spanish offer or specific dishes of the capital city. However, if you feel like eating any other type of food, don’t worry because in Madrid you’ll find a restaurant for each wish or taste.

The category of a Spanish restaurant is given by the number of forks displayed: Instead of stars, Spanish people use forks to assure the quality of the services offered by each restaurant. As the number of forks a restaurant has increases so does the quality of the restaurant. Be careful though because a five-fork restaurant doesn’t always imply the best food possible, but it definitely means higher prices.


Spanish people usually serve three courses at lunch. Spanish cuisine is varied, but the food is not always rich or heavy.  The Mediterranean influence of the food can be observed in some dishes.

If you walk through the streets of Madrid you’ll see many restaurants serving tapas, small sandwiches made with different types of ingredients. Typical restaurants in Madrid recreate an atmosphere that somehow gives the food a different and special taste. Waiters have a custom of shouting orders, but the service is quick.

Traditional specialties of the area include the sopa castellano, a garlic soup made in the oven with an egg added just before being served; callos a la madrilène, meat served with a special sauce; besugo al horno, a type of fish prepared with wine; and the cordero asado, a huge plate with lamb meat.

In Madrid you can also try the specialities from other regions of Spain. You should try the Gazpacho from Andalucia, a spicy soup made with tomatoes, chilli, onion and special type of bread; the delicious Paella from Valencia, a huge plate with rice and other ingredients like vegetables, meat or sea food; or the caldo gallego, a vegetable soup traditionally made in Galicia.

Like the fish and sea food brought daily to Madrid from the Mediterranean Sea, the fruit in this city is always fresh and juicy. Usually, desserts here contain cream or fresh fruit, but you will also find hard-to-resist cakes. We can recommend the yema de huevo, a sugared specialty from Avila made with egg yolk.

For the thirsty, we can highly recommend you to try Spanish wine. You don’t have to specify to the waiter which type of wine you want to drink because he’ll serve you the wine of the house, vino tinto. This type of wine is usually served cold, and can accompany a wide range of dishes, from fish to meat.

Spanish cuisine has a special flavour. The food served in Madrid is usually richer and heavier than the one served in Barcelona, but in general the food in Spain is lighter than that served in other countries. Enjoy a Mediterranean diet and taste all the delicious plates of Spanish cuisine.




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