Tapas Bars

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  1. Tasca La Farmacia

    Like all genuine Madrid tascas, this pub on the edge of Salamanca serves its customers a tasty appetizer with each drink, to give them an idea of what’s on offer. Croquetas de Bacalao béchamel paste deep fried with nuggets of cod are the house speciality.

  2. Casa Ciriaco

    When Ciriaco first opened its doors in 1906, most of the customers were artists, writers and other Bohemian types. Nowadays it’s more respectable but Ciriaco has preserved its reputation for excellent tapas. The boquerones (anchovies in vinegar) go down a treat with a glass of the house wine .

  3. Los Gatos

    Bring your camera when you visit this wonderfully over-the-top bar, often overlooked by tourists. Every inch of space is crammed with bric-à-brac – signed basket­ball shirts, old telephones, beer barrels, bull’s heads, you name it. Steer your way to the bar for a glass of beer and a plate of shrimps. While you’re about it, take a look at the tempting array of canapés, filled rolls and delicioustapas.

    • Calle Jesús 2

    • 91 429 3067

  4. La Casa del Abuelo

    Near Plaza Santa Ana, “Grandad’s place” is a spit-and-sawdust bar with bags of atmosphere. It’s customary to order the house wine to accompany the tapas – variations around the humble shrimp. Try them grilled in their shells (a la plancha) or peeled and fried in oil and garlic (al ajillo). Standing room only .

  5. El Bocaíto

    The bocaítos are small squares of toasted bread, served with a topping of salmon or anchovies. They are the mainstay of an extensive tapas menu. Expect quality rather than quantity and keep an eye on how much you’re spending, as it’s quite easy to run up a fair sized bill .

  6. La Trucha

    This Andalusian-style tapas bar has a lovely summer terrace, and is always popular. Sit at the bar and observe tapas being prepared in the kitchen, or watch as assorted smoked canapés are made at the cold counter. From the most delicious tortilla in town to deep-fried trout, the choice is outstanding .

  7. Bodegas Rosell

    Manolo Rosell, the owner of this high-ceilinged tapas tavern, has won Spain’s “Golden Nose” award for wine-tasting, and proudly serves his discoveries alongside tasty tapas .

    Bodegas Rosell
  8. El Rincón de Goya

    Located just off Calle Goya, this is the perfect place to stop and refuel after shopping in Salamanca. The tapas are listed on the wall behind the bar, and the most popular are the large, toasted canapés with toppings such as brie, steak, wild mushrooms and prawns. There is a small seating area by the bar .

  9. Taberna de Antonio Sánchez

    This Lavapiés hostelry dates from 1830. The wooden furniture and bullfighting memorabilia are as authentic as the menu of tortilla and stews .

  10. Casa Labra

    The speciality here is cod croquettes. If you don’t fancy standing at the bar, classic Madrid dishes are served in the wood panelled room at the back .

Top 10 Tapas Dishes

  1. Potato dishes

    Including patatas bravas (fried, with a spicy tomato sauce) or patatas alioli (boiled, with a mayonnaise and garlic dressing).

  2. Canapés

    The toppings for canapés range from anchovies and egg slices to morcilla (black pudding) and smoked salmon.

  3. Tortilla

    The famous Spanish omelette is far thicker than other cuisines and is made with potatoes. It is often served as an appetizer.

  4. Pimientos

    Peppers are usually served rellenos (stuffed with meat, cod or tuna) or de padron – grilled and salted.

  5. Empanadillas

    These are pastries usually with tuna and tomato or meat fillings.

  6. Croquetas

    Spanish croquettes are made with a thick béchamel sauce and chopped ham, chicken or cod then deep fried.

  7. Raciones

    Larger dishes to share, including hot stews, jamón Serrano(cured ham), chorizo (spicy sausage) or queso manchego (sheep’s milk cheese).

  8. Conservas

    Canned fish, including boquerones (anchovies) mejillones (mussels) and berberechos (cockles).

  9. Soldaditos de Pavía

    These are cod fingers fried in batter.

  10. Gambas

    Shrimps are grilled in their shells (a la plancha) or peeled and then fried in oil and garlic (al ajillo).

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