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I’m in Madrid, Spain. Lead me into an offbeat tavern.

maderid old quarter tavernFollow us into Meson del Champignon, an enchanting taverna in the Old Quarter of Madrid.

Located beside the grand Plaza Mayor, this cobbled medieval stretch of lanes and bylanes houses some of Spain’s oldest taverns and restaurants. The tradition is to go tapas hopping here, washing them down with wine and beer. By the end of the trail you are sure to be loosening up your belt.

At the Meson del Champignon, it’s everything mushroom, down to the art on the walls. The place is shaped like a cave.

To us, the de-stemmed mushrooms were presented as caves, too, into which went extra virgin olive oil, garlic, herbs and a little pepper. That’s it. The simplicity was what blew us away.

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Grilled or filled: every mushroom tapas here is an absolute treat.

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An elderly gentleman provided song and music to deepen the Spanish effect.

Website: http://www.mesondelchampinon.com

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What should I eat in Madrid?

We think Madrid deserves more attention. All around us, people are busy booking tickets for Paris, London and Rome. Yes, Spain is on their calender, but it’s Barcelona most choose. Well, we would recommend Madrid to all those who enjoy grandeur, leisure, a vibrant nightlife, high-end luxury and pulse-quickening bargains. In short, Madrid has everything, and much more.

But the question here is about food, so here are our favourite things to eat in Madrid. (Prepare to salivate!)

      Chocolate and churros at Madrid’s oldest chocolateria.

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DSC_0241 Suckling pig. It’s a national delicacy. Baby pig, roasted whole.

                                                                           

Desserts and sweets galore–everywhere!


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Exquisite tavern delicacies in the Old Quarter
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Superb Indian food:

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Delicious fresh farmers’ market goodies, cheese and fruit

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Plenty of pasta and pizza options:

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Patatas Bravas: a Spain classic!

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And of course, the ever-reliable McDonald’s!

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Buen provecho: that’s Spanish for bon appetit! (Pix: Nitin Gopal Srivastava)

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