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Madrid's new restaurants

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I'll be spending 3 days in Madrid in mid-June and I'd like to check out new restaurants that just opened this year with chefs who are doing interesting things in the kitchen. Does anyone have any suggestions? Also, I might be interested in a tapas tour that goes beyond the usual haunts. Any ideas?

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Diverxo and Senzone are the two best new openings. Both are worth a visit if you're lucky enough to get a table.


Rogelio Enríquez aka "Rogelio"

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Also, I might be interested in a tapas tour that goes beyond the usual haunts. Any ideas?

thanks

Go to a tapas bar that really appeals to you, if a group of people come in and seem to only be staying temporarily ask them where they are going next / if they have any suggestions.

Go somewhere, get chatting, accompany the people you are chatting to to the next locale and continue with that group or talk to someone else there. Repeat until sated or until the pubs close.

I can't give you suggestions because a good tour of the bars is a disorientating affair. When I've been out with Madrileños for tapas (students and those in careers) it tends to be as part of a group. Although there are plenty of places which will serve a wide assortment, in my view, many of the best tapas bars specialise in their own particular dish with little else offered, this is a prominent reason why people crawl from bar to bar. When there's a group out together each member comes with their own favourite haunts and recommendations and the group discusses the accumulated options before lurching from one place to the next, sometimes the group fractures, sometimes they merge, sometimes someone will learn of an unfamiliar tapas bar from a random discussion and the group goes to try it out. As plenty of alcohol is generally consumed enroute, it becomes very difficult for a visitor to keep track of all the different places visited in a night.

Even so, I still maintain it's best to ask, and even better to go with the flow. Going for tapas should be a chaotic, unrepeatable adventure, where the people you meet are just as memorable as anything you might eat. If you're sociable, can show your appreciation readily, and are happy to just 'join in', there are hundreds of tapas tours snaking their way around Madrid and you are welcome to join a great many of them. When you plan a tapas tour (in the way you might plan a tour of the Museums and Galleries) it seems to me that you miss out on the whole essence of the endeavour.

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