Plaza Celenque, 1,
28013 Madrid, Spain
It’s very close to Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol, about a 5 minute walk to each
We stumbled upon this tapas restaurant, on our way to Plaza Mayor. Apparently, it’s a tapas chain that is popular in Spain (with a few outposts in Portugal and France). Prices were really reasonable and service very friendly. The restaurant is split into 2 floors: the main level serves tapas and has a special tapas menu; the downstairs dining room caters to full entrees with a few tapas items (the special pricing from the main level does not apply). So it depends on whether you’re in for a quick snack or a full meal. We dined twice in the downstairs dining room. The wait staff actually speaks quite a lot of English! And there are English menus available, so ask for one if you can’t understand the Spanish descriptions. 🙂
One of the main level menus. Yes, a lot of the specials include beer!
One of the English menus from the downstairs dining room. “Ration” refers to the tapas items, which you can choose between half or full portion sizes. There are more menu items on the other side of the menu!
Here are some of the notable dishes:
On-the-house starter: cold potato salad. It was a bit vinegary but refreshing.
Grilled wild mushrooms with garlic-oil sauce. The mushrooms are perfectly grilled and seasoned so that they’re juicy and succulent. You can choose either the half ration or the full ration size. This is the half ration EUR 5.10 (approx USD $7).
Spanish tortilla – unlike the Mexican/South American version, the Spanish tortilla is more like an omelette which contains layers of potato and onions. This was huge and I think it was only the half ration! EUR 4.70 (approx USD $6)
Grilled cuttlefish – this was sooo good! Cuttlefish is squid… you just don’t see the tentacles. Grilled just right, so that the squid is very tender. Full ration EUR 10.95 (USD $14)
“Padron” green peppers – loved the simply grilled peppers! Not spicy at all, these are the perfect snack. Half portion EUR 5.10 (approx USD $6.60)