Food and drink
You could start with samosas, served with tzatziki. I told you they like to mix influences in an intriguing way. There is usually exquisite tuna, maybe with sesame, or perhaps couscous or ceviche. The menu changes frequently, according to what is in season. Expect clearly-defined flavours and contrasting textures. This is a great place to experiment with Spanish wine regions you may not have tried before.
With dark red paintwork and open-brick walls, Taberneros is chic but not over-designed. It's nearly always full with a broad mix of people.
Informative and highly professional.
On a pleasant pedestrianised street between the Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace.
You can either share dishes or order your own here - the menu works for both. Most dishes are between 10 and 25 euros. Expect to spend 20-30 euros each on food. There are some great wines around the 25 euro mark, but you may well want to spend more than that.
The same owners run La Gastroteca de Santiago just down the road (Plaza de Santiago 1) and Matritum (Calle Cava Alta 17).
- Business travellers