ULTIMATE Tapas in Madrid 🙌 Totally LOCAL Bars

– Hey, Spain lovers, you’re in Madrid, and you wanna eat the best tapas, and I don’t blame you. Well, you’ve come to the right place. This city is fantastic for eating. I’m in Ibiza, a neighborhood just outside the tourist center, and this is where I believe the best tapas bars are, in the city. We’re gonna hit five
fantastic tapas bars today, and they’re all within a
couple of blocks of each other, which means that this area is perfect for the tapas crawl of your dreams. (“Habanera” from Bizet’s Carmen) I’m James Blick,
co-founder of Devour Tours, and this channel is all about helping you explore Spain, like a local. And today, I’m joined
by a special guest star, my wife.
– Hi, how are you? I’m Yolanda, I’m a flamenco
tour guide here in Madrid, and I’m so excited to be showing you the best places to eat
tapas here in Madrid. – Well, Yolanda, or Yoly as we call her, is, as you say, born here, so she’s the perfect person to join us and teach us a few things
about eating tapas in Madrid. Shall we go?
– Yeah let’s do it! – Let’s do it! First bar, Lacatapa. This place is amazing for the quality. The seafood, the meats, the tapas, and also its wine list,
phenomenal wine list. What I love about the
places in this neighborhood, is it’s quite a wealthy neighborhood, and so you can get amazing
wines by the glass, you can taste wines from all over Spain, and also the quality of the tapas, is a little higher than
a lot of the places in the tourist center, which is only just a ten minute walk away. Cheers, baby, salud!
– Cheers, salud! – First up, a mountain
of uber fresh seafood from the Spanish coast,
done in a ceviche style. Plump prawns, octopus, mussels, wow! So much freshness, so much
flavor, a little bit of, little heat from the aji, beautiful. – [Yoly] Look at that, yum.
– [James] Yum. – [James] You’re the expert.
– Mm. Just like my mother’s.
– [James] Really? So what’s in there?
– Really nice. – It’s potato, and truffle. – Fresh stingray,
prepared in an escabeche, which is an ancient and very
Spanish vinegar preparation. Escabeche marinades are
packed with paprika, carrot, vinegar, peppercorns,
garlic, bay leaves and more. So good, I love escabeche. It’s tight on your mouth, it’s sharp. It’s so delicious, and it’s
slightly warm, the stingray. This is an incredible dish. Miguelangel has suggested
that we don’t drink cava with this dish, it doesn’t go. He’s served us another drink, sherry. It’s really early, it’s
only 12:30 in the morning. Sherry is one of the
most spectacular wines that you will ever discover, in the world. And people just don’t know about it, they think it’s the sweet stuff, but no. You have to come here,
you have to try this, you have to try this combination, alright. We need to hit the next bar, let’s go. Okay, next stop, La Monteria, this place has been open since 1963, famous for its game meats. (diners conversing in foreign language) Rioja this time, we’ve changed to the red. (James speaking in foreign language) Look at how that partridge
just falls off the bone, wow. Perfectly cooked, slowly cooked. Such a dense, rich flavor, wow. And combining that density with
the freshness of the salad, and the bite of the radish. – [Yoly] Are you gonna leave some for me? – Okay, this one we need
bread with, it’s venison that’s been stewed, more
comfort food, in a ragout. That sauce, is rich and sweet. So tender, such a wonderful gamey flavor. I’ve probably got venison
in my teeth, sorry if I do. I’ll wash it down, looking good? Okay, we’ve been to two
more traditional places, now we’re going super
modern, well, super modern, we’re going to Kulto, this place came out in the New York Times recently. Wey, have to pull, not push, ay! Okay, so I love this place, with its beautiful open kitchen behind us, you can see all the action, and they’ve got three
tapas coming out for us, they have suggested we
pair it with sherry, more sherry, obviously sherry, I can tell, rightly so is their moda,
as we say in Spanish. – I reckon, yeah, totally,
becoming really trendy, you know, why not, I mean,
it’s an incredible wine. – More than being trendy,
also being rediscovered, – Yeah.
– You know? And, given the value it deserves. – So cheers.
– Finally. – We have a manzanilla,
– Yeah, Salud to sherry. – from Sanlucar, little sip. This is so romantic, we
should do this more often. (speaking in foreign language) Okay, so we have a
classic, tortita camarones, done in a different style, this is a very traditional
dish from Cadiz, but it’s the little fried
shrimp on a lettuce leaf, and there’s a Vietnamese sauce here, I can see red onion there, I
can see sesame seeds, alright. – [Yoly] Wow, messy but yummy, yeah? – Mouthful, of southern Spain, of little fried shrimps, they’re crispy, they’re like, I love these little things they have so much flavor
and they’re so small. In Cadiz you can, they
sell them in little cones in the street where you can
eat them with your hands. And they’re sitting in a
little lettuce kind of, cradle. – Sorry about that, guys. – [James] Not easy, right? (speaking in foreign language) Okay so we’ve got a satay,
of tuna, of red tuna. Atun rojo, which is very
typical for the south of Spain. Pull it off, and stick it in our mouth. This is messy eating, which I like, I love messy eating, okay, I’m going in. Wish me luck! Perfect satay sauce, nutty, and combined with a tender tuna, that is practically, well, it’s cooked on the
outside, raw on the inside. (speaking in foreign language) Mexico, and Italy come together, in this small tapa, which is like, it’s delicious, the bread is crunchy, the frijoles are perfectly stewed, and that delicious
meat, you can see there, it’s so full of flavor from all the, what we call (says
Spanish word) in Spanish, all the bits and pieces,
the lips and hooves that, people are starting to use
these parts of the pig again, the snout, the trotters,
the God knows what. And so they should,
because we can’t just focus on the prime cuts, because that
is totally not sustainable. We’ve got two more to go,
– Oh God, we’re going to La Castela, this place, here we are,
is one of our favorites, as you know, it’s always heaving, impossible to get space,
– Love this place. – Aah, look at it in here! This is Andres, he’s
our man in La Castela, he’s the man you have to ask
for when you come in here ’cause it is hard to get a spot in here, it’s always heaving,
(speaking in foreign language) It’s always heaving in the bar so you have to kind of like, use your tapas bar tactics to get a spot, as Yoly just did for us,
– Yes. – You’re a natural,
– Elbows out, you know – Elbows out
– You need to go for it. You know? Don’t be shy.
– Exactly. And the food here is a mixture of seafood, meats, again, great
wine, I love this place. – Hello! – Okay so this is one
of my favorite dishes in all the world, it’s langostinos
that have been grilled, and with chick peas,
and these chick peas are in a delicious sauce that
just tastes of langostino. It’s unbelievable. This is a combination that if you hear it you be like, what are you talking about? But when you taste it it just makes sense. – It doesn’t really
matter how stuffed I am, there’s always room for
this dish, it’s amazing, I’m always so excited to
come here to La Castela, to have this dish. – The holy grail of Spanish
food, I sometimes think, rabo de toro, bull’s tail stew, and it should be such that it just kind of falls away from the bone
like this, look at that. It’s like, nights by the
fire, it’s a warm cozy bed. This is true true cozy cooking. So good. How’re you feeling? – I’m so full!
– We must toast! We have hit four places,
we have one to go, and this place is pretty special, so hang on, strap in. Two wines from Madrid,
Madrid is a wine region, believe it or not. Guys, it’s scallop time, it always comes, and this is scallops,
with a ponzu dressing, and on a algae in tempura,
with your fingers, it’s four o’clock, it’s finger time. Crunch, of the tempura, the softness of the scallop, this is like, I’m dreaming, I’m dreaming. Artichoke confit, ham, a ham jus, and an aioli made from almonds, I mean, it’s like a poem. Alright. Wow. Artichokes are one of the
most wonderful things, invented by God, like on the seventh day, He did not rest, He made artichokes, and He also made ham,
and He also made almonds. And they were all put
together in this dish, and it is amazing. Rabbit ribs, with
beautiful little bits of, fried garlic, wow, okay, rabbit ribs. I don’t think I’ve had
rabbit ribs before have you? – [Yoly] I don’t think so either. – No? – [Yoly] Get any? – Yeah, really good. There’s something that,
you just don’t wanna stop, you wanna keep nibbling on these guys, poor rabbits, do you
remember Watership Down? Guys, we’re drinking Madrid wine, I think it’s important to note that. Big shout out to the wines of Madrid, not a lot of people know
that the capital of Spain is a wine region and we
have wonderful wines, check out these wines
when you’re in these bars, when you come on this little tapas route. Tell me in the comments below
what your favorite tapas bar is in Madrid, I love
reading your comments, I love answering your questions, we have a wonderful community
of Spain lovers here on this YouTube channel. And if you’re not a member
of the community yet then subscribe, just
click that little button down there below, subscribe to my channel and join us, as I help
you guys explore Spain like a local, salud!
– Salud, come and visit guys! – Exactly, well said,
Yoly, come and visit! – Yes.
– Cheers!

100 thoughts on “ULTIMATE Tapas in Madrid 🙌 Totally LOCAL Bars

  1. Question of the day: What's your favourite tapas bar in Madrid? I'd love to read your answer in the comments below! 👇👇👇👇👇

  2. Hey James, I am visiting Spain next month. Your videos have been a great help in figuring out how the locals do tapas there.
    Thanks man.

  3. Hi James, thank you for the nice tour! We are visiting Madrid in a couple of weeks and your videos are super helpful! I want to eat at La Catapa sometime during our stay. Can you tell us what those dishes are called in Spanish so we can see the menu and know which one they are? I found a blurry menu online and I think I know the first two, but having hard time finding “Fresh Stingray in escabeche” on their menu! I really want to try that. Thank you so much in advance!

  4. I will be in madrid for 1 day only next month, what are your top choices for lunch and dinner? Thanks

  5. Tremendos vídeos. Me sorprende que tenga tantas cosas que descubrir de mi propia ciudad, …y en inglés.

  6. Hi James, Fantastic videos!! My wife and I are in Spain, arrived yesterday. We are doing this crawl tonight. Will let you know our highlights. Cheers!!

  7. Fun video; my wife and I also watched the video of ordering in a bar. We might visit again Madrid in October of 2019 and visit your Tapas Bar

  8. Why is everything have to go so F…… fast.. You talk more fast than a Lamborghini can drive.. We get 3 sekund to watch the food and then a bite and then off to the next tapas bar.. Why can you sit at a table and eat and talk slowly about the food? I get absolutely nothing out off your video.. Sorry..

  9. Checking all your recommendations for my next trip to Madrid in november!! Ty James!!

  10. Just dropped on Madrid, and on the strength of this video we ignored the centre of town and spent the day around Ibiza and the park … and Wow what a park! We then punched weight at Kulto, with some sort of amazing Oxtail stew dish … with an amazing cocktail to boot. 2nd visit was to La Monteria for cheap but great red wine. The tiny Chocolate donoughts were top draw. Many thanks buddy … you made our day with your recommendations! Nuns and cookies tomorrow …

  11. This is probably a dumb or naive question.
    A) I thought tapas were free?
    B) are these prices expensive for tapas?

  12. Looks fantastic but your eating modern tapas in the sense of getting looking all presentation and not raw original rustic and where your eating all comes at a higher price💶

  13. Vosotros sois una pareja muy guay! me gustan mucho vuestros videos. Un fuerte abrazo desde New York.

  14. James, I can't thank you and Yolanda enough for your recommendations! I had a chance to go to La Castela and we had the Garbanzos salteados con langostinos, and also Arroz meloso con Pulpo y Calamar.  Both dishes were insanely tasty and were a culinary highlight for us on our Madrid visit.  I am so grateful for this video as I would have missed out on La Castela entirely.  You were both right about the chickpea dish!  Sending you guys a big hug and well wishes from NYC!

  15. I thought a true tapas bar gives you a freebie and usually just does one freebie specialty. It's from the verb "tapar."

  16. al final ya ibas "agusto" de tanto vinito eh, vete a bodegas ibiza (metro ibiza) a darle a la buena sangria, vas a fliparlo


  18. Wow – excellent tapas! I've only been to Madrid once but I was struck by how all the offices close in the afternoon and everyone goes off to eat. I thought being the capital things might be a bit more 'sandwich at the desk', but no – it's all very civilized!

  19. How do you go eating if you have a baby less than a year old? Also do you order at the bar then bring to the table?

  20. Great video, appreciate the tips on where to go, made it easy to figure out how to spend our 1 day in Madrid. We went to Kulto and La Castela and they blew our minds, La Castela especially. A few things.. most places don't serve any food between 4ish and 8, only drinks – this was a surprise to us. Also, we felt very unwelcomed at Taberna Laredo.. they serves pinchos to locals but not us, even after they started serving tapas again. Also, we witnessed the bartenders refilling the bags of biscuits from un-eaten guest plates. La Castela is definitely worth spending a few hours and eating the whole menu. The chickpeas and langostinos was delicious!!!

  21. OMG Guys, only just came across your channel a few days ago and I'm loving it, Spanish food is waaay at the top of my love list and this vid has me drooling, sat at home in the UK (Lancashire) on a drizzly miserable day and you've brought sunshine and warmth in the way of all those fabulous Tapas, not to mention the sherry's and wine. Thanks for a great vid and lots of information!! Happy New Year to you both 🙂

  22. This channel is meant to be for foreigners, but is more useful for locals who live in Madrid like me!. You recomend places which a local like me hasn´t heard of in his entire life. Great Job!

  23. Buenisimo amigos. Love the videos. As someone who studies wines and loves spanish wine, im a huge fan of wines of Madrid. Caminos de Navaherros is a great little grenache.

  24. Awesome video's! You make me wanna pack my suitcase and take the next flight to Madrid!! Spaniards know how to live; we Americans are doing it ALL wrong!! LOL

  25. Unfortunately I live in barbarian U.S. where there are no tapas bars. None that could compare as well in Germany.

  26. I love your videos but just let you know that I and 47M people are Spain experts too, please keep our secret 😀

  27. I didn’t realize tapas were so expensive. It looks like it would be easy to drop €100 each evening

  28. I'm walking the Camino Norte in May and meeting my wife in Madrid for the last week of June. I really enjoy watching your videos and cannot wait to try some bulls tail! If we see you in a tapas bar I'll buy you uno vino o dos!

  29. If you're explicitly paying for it, it's not a tapa, it's a ración. Tapa is what they give you with your drink, for free or at least not explicit in the price, but they've corrupted the term for tourists.
    Other than that, which it isn't really your fault, all of this looks really good, lots of places from my own city I didn't even know about.

  30. Hola Yolanda y Jaime, Gracias por la informacion. Soy Puertorriqueno y enamorado de Madrid. Went to Spain in 2014 and yet Madrid was the best city in Europe so far, way better than Barcelona…Been to quite a few in the EU, but Madrid es el numero uno. The food was amazing, the people helpful and friendly as no other and the historical parts just out of sight. Best wishes from Arizona y Que Viva Madrid. Will get in touch for next time in La madre patria. Ciao!

  31. Even as a non-meat eater, these all look fantastic. Do you happen to have any recommendations for tapas bars or restaurants in Madrid with vegetarian-friendly options? Thank you for making these videos.

  32. Holy moly!!! Those Tapas!! ,my idea of Tapas was bread with different toppings,that Venison,and the Bulls tail with the mash,and the Prawns,i can't bloody wait to get there in September now.

  33. Reality people looking at you weird if you ask vinegar with your chips and charging you 80% more for it and tin tomato sauce with the cheapest meat mate I’ve been living here for ten years all the stuff that looks alright aren’t Spanish .

  34. When ever I am in M a like to travel outside M as well, for example Alcala de Hanares, history and day to day life in contrast to for example Toledo. Perhaps you would like to turn towards those great outskirts of M? Love the channel btw! <3

  35. Thanks James! Great work!! I am watching your videos religiously for my upcoming trip to Barcelona and Madrid. Are there any traditional music/dance spots you would like to recommend? Maybe that can be your next list 🙂

  36. I am going to Madrid in September and I can't wait! I think September will be a great time of the year to visit. Your videos are wonderful. Yoli, I want to see a flamenco performance too! Can't visit Spain without seeing flamenco! I am traveling alone and look forward to making new friends and eating lots of tapas and drinking cañas and sherry. Venga!

  37. Gracias por la información. Mi esposa y yo vamos a visitar Madrid pronto. Será la primera vez que mi esposa visita Europa. Estamos animados para probar estes tapas bars.

  38. Hardest place to find a spot in Madrid. That’s why I don’t go there

  39. You two have such great videos covering so many topics of Spain. Headed to Spain next week and booked Devour Tapas tours in both Barcelona and Madrid. With so many tour companies to choose from, the passion & knowledge in your videos gave me confidence to choose this company. Can’t wait to hit the town!

  40. Great video, as usual! My wife and I are bringing our 9 year olds to Madrid with us. Are kids allowed in these places – or is there a certain time that they would be allowed to eat there? I'm imagining the really crowded times would be tough to navigate. Thanks!

  41. You should try:Los Gatos o La Dolores in Huertas or revoltosa in calle Del Prado,a good one

  42. We will be in Madrid on Saturday and plan to visit these tapas bars that day. Gracias! Very excited!

  43. Como española, las tapas son gratis(te lo Dan cuando puedes una bebida) y lo que parece que estáis comiendo son raciones, que hay que pagar. Para tapas, os recomiendo León. De todas maneras la comida muy rica!

  44. Some of these tapas look more like raciones. The problem with getting seafood in Madrid is that it's not as fresh as on the coast. What type of wine is best?

  45. what tapas man these are michelin star restaurant main courses you burjuvazi piçler

  46. Bay scallops as appetizer and bull tail as main is a dream meal !! Disfruta que tus vídeos nos encantan !

  47. Well done James. Where are you originally from. Your accent confuses me

  48. Incredibly educational thanks guys heading to Madrid this summer, love how vibrant and enthusiastic you both are what a gorgeous couple!

  49. Hace dos días vi este vídeo y desde entonces tengo unas ganas increíbles de irme a Madrid de tapeo!!!! (Lo dice una malagueña expat medio londoner ya…). Como echo de menos la cultura culinaria española, el tapeo, el rato con los amigos y el buen comer!!!! 👍🏻☀️🥘🍻 gracias por recordarme lo bonita que es España! Por cierto, ahora son las cruces de mayo en Granada! Te recomiendo que vayas y hagas un vídeo, son maravillosas❤️❤️❤️

  50. OMG, so awesome! Se ve todo demaciado rico y suculento! Saludos de Tampa FL!

  51. Oh wow your video made me feel so hungry 😋 got to try those bars out .😀 Tasmania 🇦🇺

  52. Great video just found out we stopping in Madrid on the way home for 2 nights Saturday the 8th June after leaving javea

  53. Me encanta españa y madrid, pero es este tapas? Porque pensé que tapas fue gratis con una bebida. Por ejemplo en el tigre o el museo de jamón en madrid.

    Además después 7 meses en España el mejor tapas fue en León, Logroño calle laurel, Granada y Galicia para el pulpo y vino blanco. Y para mi León es mi favorito lugar en todo españa y he estuve 40 lugares.
    ¡Yo extraño a españa!

  54. Hi James ! (Hola Jaime!) , LOL . Creo que deberias ir a La Chulapa de Alcalá. Vas a flipar!! Great job , tu y Yoli. Gracias.

  55. I just can't understand how you guys stay slim eating like that…. ahahah when are you travelling to Portugal then? It's nearby and great food as well.

  56. Hola por aqui, mi sueño se hace realidad en unos dias y visito por primera vez Esp/Madrid estoy muy atenta a vuestros videos por probar originales sabores de Madrid… Y quien sabe si los encuentro por ahi para compartir un poquito de cultura. Gracias por compartir interesantes videos!

  57. Thanks for this and other excellent videos about tapas. Just returned from Spain and this video got me over to the Retiro area. Thank you for guiding me out of the tourist center. We took a Devour tour in Sevilla as well and had a great time on that. Thanks a million to your generosity sharing these great spots!

  58. Tapas actually looks like similar to (sushi) like what Asians have with rice but different then what Tapas are. I believe i would rather have a large beef on my plate instead of eating little things. That with a large beer.

  59. Perfect! You gave us the perfect tapas tour!🍾🥂💞🇧🇷

  60. hi there, watched many of your vlogs….have you done any in Ibiza, ibiza town for example?

  61. Excellent as Always. Visiting in October from HOT Texas. Flying to Madrid, then to Lisbon, followed by cruise to Gibraltar, Malaga, Cartegena, Valencia, Ibiza and Barcelona. Worked in Rota in the Navy. First time back in 18 years. Went to culinary school part time while working. Enjoy cooking, viticulture & eonology, can't wait. Trying various areas in Madrid this time. Spanish grapes making it in Texas wine country after many years.

  62. Thanks James! I took my gf to Taberna Laredo -we loved it! (The dishes you recommended were not on a menu, perhaps they were seasonal).
    One thing that would help is writing the names of the dishes in Spanish in your videos.
    Keep it up guys, we’re thankful for your scouting work!

  63. Después de ver tanto video mediocre sobre tapas ,se agradece uno sobre las exquisiteces que hay en nuestra gastronomía.Muchas gracias.

  64. Just watched this video today and I have been trying to find more info about Cadiz where we are visiting. Looking forward to the fried shrimp you mentioned.


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