In Madrid the times are bringing a new kind of premises where the border between the tapas bar, restaurant and cocktail bar is blurred; often restaurants have different levels or ambiances and the food is more casual, creative and international influences. The square plates are larger but smaller portions... now are successful the steak tartare, Atlantic halibut, risotto, burgers and sophisticated tapas that are usually shared. The height of fashion is serving them on a slate board.
The restaurants with snooty waiters and tables with elegant tablecloths are outmoded. It's time chic & cheap because the decoration becomes very important to create a "cool" place with stylish industrial interior or vintage atmosphere, exposed brick, chic lighting and mismatched chairs. Maybe cuisine is not the highlight, though many try to offer new dishes or prepared differently. Some are places to see and be seen but all chase the coveted title of trendiest restaurant in town, nevertheless times are faster and the title of latest trendy restaurant changes hands every few months.
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