The most renowned “manchego” restaurant in Madrid situated in the very traditional Travesía de las Vistillas street in Madrid, five minutes’ walk to the Madrid Royal Palace and The Cathedral of La Almudena. El Torno offers traditional baroque style cuisine bringing history to the table. Great value for money and one of the best options to enjoy a traditional Spanish restaurant in Madrid. El Tormo specializes in gastronomy from the region of Castilla la Mancha, land of Don Quixote and of the famous manchego cheese
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Spanish gastronomy derives from a very complex history and the influence of many cultures, but also a very diverse landscape. There are very large differences from region to region and despite Spanish gastronomy is meant to be “Mediterranean”, local dishes are to be found in each region or province. There are some very famous “national dishes” like paella or fideua from Valencia, cocido from Madrid, Gazpacho from Andalusia, Pan amb tomato from Catalonia, pintos from Basque country, octopus from Galicia and the list goes on and on… A restaurant offering traditional Spanish gastronomy may opt in its menu to offer a selection of some of these dishes.
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Despite Madrid is a melting pot of Spanish cultures, and that you will be able to find restaurants that specialize in gastronomy from all regions of Spain, there are some dishes which are typical “Madrileños”.
Cocido madrileño is Madrid´s best-known dishes. A chickpea stew served in many different formats, this is a great option to enjoy in winter, especially at some of the restaurants that specialize in cocido. Bocadillo de calamares is a cheap way to enjoy a simple lunch or dinner. A very simple dish can be delicious if all ingredients (squid,oil and bread) are of excellent quality. Callos a la madrileña: this is a beef tripe stew and many traditional restaurants are proud to serve “the best callos in Madrid”
te Madrid is a melting pot of Spanish cultures, and that you will be able to find restaurants that specialize in gastronomy from all regions of Spain, there are some dishes which are typical “Madrileños”.
There is no precise rule as to how much to tip in Spain. Spaniards only tip if they consider the service to be good. A 5% is normally considered a good tip. Having said this, some local waiters know tourists tip more than local Spaniards do and may expect more from foreigners.