After living here in Madrid for a year, you finally start to figure out some great places to eat on a student’s budget. Believe it or not it is possible to eat cheap in Madrid, here are but a few that are our go to restaurants, especially when I don’t feel like cooking.
-La Sanabresa Amor de Dios, 12 Madrid 914290338 Metro Anton Martin This is my husband’s and I’s all time favorite restaurant in Madrid, they have a little bit to please everyone’s palate. You can’t wrong with their wonderful baked lamb and chicken, and their menu del dia starts at 10 euros for lunch and dinner. It was written in the New York Times a few years ago as being a “French Bistro, Spanish style.” Also make sure you sit in Joaquin’s section up front. (big mustache waiter) If you go for dinner get there at 8pm when they open, otherwise a line forms out the door by 9pm, and they are closed on Sundays, and some Mondays.
-Taqueria Mi Ciudad C/ de las Fuentes 11 28013 Madrid Metro Opera/Sol This is a little taqueria or taco stand near Sol. The tacos start at 1.50 euros each, and a bottle of beer is 2 euros, and they are very authentic according to some of our Mexican friends from IE. Plus, its a great place to stop by when shopping in Sol, or you need some good late night food. (note there are two locations, we’ve only been to the taqueria and not their restaurant)
-Maceiras Huertas 66, Madrid, 28014 Metro Anton Martin My mouth just waters thinking about the pulpo (for 9 euos for 4 people) they serve here. I’ve had my fair share here in Madrid and Galicia, and this is by far my favorite. This is a little Galician style restaurant, so come here for the shellfish and fish like merluza, and don’t expect any other meat on the menu. If you arrive by 10 for dinner every night you get the extra special treat of watching them mix their special traditional Galician drink that they set on fire, and serve out of a large cauldron. Definitely a place to take visitors, and at no more than 15 euros per person, you’ll have enough left over to enjoy the many bars and jazz clubs up and down Huertas Street.
-Lamiak De la Rosa, 10 28012 Madrid Metro Anton Martin This is our favorite tapa’s place in Madrid, and the tapas are only 1.70 euros each! They have two locations one near Anton Martin and the over in La Latina neighborhood, which is always packed, so we stick to the first location. Their kitchen is open during the day, but we find the best selection and quality when they open the kitchen up again at 8:15pm at night. They have wonderful wines by the glass starting at 2.50euros a glass, and canas for 2 euros. I also like that they play a lot of jazz and blues music in the background. You must try the stuffed pepper, and the goat cheese with caramelized onions, after these two I’m usually full.