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Cuisine ~ What to Eat in Madrid


Madrid has always been famous for its cuisine. Madrid's nouveau cuisine is popular with the menus combining typical Madrid dishes with domestic and international recipes.

Callos (tripe) and Cocido Madrileño (stew in Madird style) are the two best-known dishes of Madrid that is a delicious stockpot of chickpeas and vegetables enriched with meat and sausage.

Besugo al horno that is a baked seabream; Cod (bacalao), T-bone and fillet steak of chuletones and solomillos and the Castilian sopas de ajo that are the soups containing garlic, paprika, egg, bread, ham and sausage are other main dishes of Madrid.

A visit to numerous restaurants and bars lined up along the city streets and outlying areas is the best way to experience the Madrid cuisine with the famous tapas and the small portions of selected foods of raciones. It is great pleasure to experience and enjoy the tortilla de patatas that is a Spanish omelette with sausage and pressed meats, the pickles and variety of stews are served along with very traditional tapas such as entresijos and gallinejas that is a fried lamb offal and tripe, oreja that is the pig’s ear or the humble mushroom.

In addition, the local sweets and desserts of Madrid are also remarkable. A breakfast of churros and porras (fried pastries) is a must.

Turrón that is a nougatlike sweetmeat and mazapán (marzipan) are the specials during Christmas;  torrijas that is the sweet fritters and huesos de santo that is a marzipan-based pastry are the specials during the Easter week and barquillos (wafers), the doughnut-like rosquillas are the specials of the Feast of San Isidro.

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