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Hi, we're going to Madrid later this month and I was wondering how much is typical for a tapas meal and where's particularly good with a medium budget? Are there any dishes that are a must-try?

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1. Re: Tapas

there is cheap bar food everywhere and you can eat a lot for 15-20 Euro for a dinner

there is expensive but lousy tapas also -- notably at the tourist trappy San Miguel market

there is fabulous tapas at a place called d'Fabula -- they will at dinner time try to push you into the pricey main menu but will reluctantly give you a tapas menu if you ask -- their stuff was amazing and creative and about 4 or 5 Euro per thing. the steak tartar wrapped in a faux rice paper newspaper was lovely -- and every one of the things we ordered was beautifully presented and very tasty.

there is a lot of lukewarm microwaved stuff out there though

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We were in Madrid with friends for the new year and we went for tapas in a place called "UROGALLO" There are a lot of places around the city with this name like a chain name, when you bought a drink you got tapas so the more drink you bought the bigger the tapas it was quite cheap to buy tapas in these bars, also watch where the locals go,and you won't go wrong. Hope this is of some help, enjoy Madrid. Tina

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The answer is it depends. For many Spanish the joy of Tapas is the sociability and time with friends and not the food per se. This is why the trendy kinds of tapas where everything is rather preciously done may be absolutely delicious but not necessarily terribly authentic. My advice would be to try both things: a traditional tapas crawl (where you move from place to place based on the specialties of each place) and then one of the more modern places where they are doing new things with old favorites as described above. Depending on the size of your group (the larger your group the less tapas cost over all, but plan to spend 20-30€ and up on food alone on a more traditional crawl, much more on a place with artistry and design to each plate).

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Many times tapas will cost you more than a regular meal. To try many tapas may cost you 20 euros.

A restaurant famous for its tapas is Restaurante Jose Luis at Calle Serrano, 89. The tortilla there is tops. You can ask the waiter for recommendations for a sample of tapas. They also have a chocolate cake that is terrific.

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< For many Spanish the joy of Tapas is the sociability and time with friends and not the food per se >

I full agree with wombat.

Here is a suggested tapas crawl for first-timers to Madrid. In the case of skip one, I'd skip "El Rocío".


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