* A MUST FOR FIRST TIMERS TO MADRID. "Botín" at Calle Cuchilleros, 17. According to the Guiness Book of Records, Botín is the oldest restaurant in the world (crockery has been replaced). Order cochinillo (roast suckling pig). Advance reservations are recommended. No smoking.

* HIGH GASTRONOMY, SMART DRESS AND… A LOT OF MONEY. "La Broche" at Hotel Miguel Angel, calle Miguel Angel, 29. Two Michelin stars. Gran Menú La Broche (large tasting menu) 125 €. Menú vegetariano (veggie menu) 85 €. Advance reservations are a must. No smoking.

* OYSTERS, CAVIAR AND CHAMPAGNE ON THE ROOF. "El Cielo del Urban" (Hotel Urban) at calle Carrera de San Jerónimo, 15.
* STYLISH BRUNCH. "Ritz Madrid" at Hotel Ritz, plaza de la Lealtad, 5. Sunday brunch from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Smart dress.
* AVANT-GARDE. "Mezklum Tech Restaurant" at Calle del Principe, 16. --- "Alboroque" at Calle Atocha, 34. Advance reservations are recommended.
* COME INTO FASHION. "Dassa Bassa" at Calle Villalar, 7 ---  "Restaurante Montana" at Calle Lagasca, 5. Advance reservations are recommended.
* THE WINE LIST: 4500 LABELS. "Lavinia Espacio Gastronómico" at calle Ortega y Gasset, 16. Lavinia is a wine shop with a gastronomic area for lunches with an extensive wine list: the wine shop itself. Closed on evening.
* MEDIUM-PRICED RESTAURANT IN LOVELY SURROUNDINGS. "Teatriz" at Calle Hermosilla, 15. Teatriz in a former theatre decorated by a french designer. Chic powder room. Advance reservations are recommended. No smoking.
* NICE BUDGET RESTAURANTS. "La finca de Susana" at Calle Arlabán, 4. Open daily. No reservations. --- "A 2 Velas" at Calle San Vicente Ferrer, 16. No smoking.
* MENÚ DEL DÍA, LUNCH FOR COMMUTERS. "Terra Mundi" at Calle Lope de Vega, 32. Budget restaurant.
* LUNCH AFTER PRADO MUSEUM. "La Platería" at Calle Moratín, 49. No smoking.
* LUNCH AFTER REINA SOFÍA MUSEUM. "Arola Madrid" at Museo Reina Sofía, calle Argumosa, 43. No smoking.
* LUNCH AFTER THYSSEN MUSEUM. "Paradis Thyssen" at Museo Thyssen, Paseo del Prado, 8.
* WHERE CERVANTES LIVED. "Casa Alberto" at Calle Huertas, 18. Lovely tavern established in 1827 on the street level of the house where Cervantes lived briefy in Madrid. Advance reservations are recommended.
* OPEN ON SUNDAY NIGHT. "Casa Lucio" at Calle Cava Baja, 35. Closed on midday Sat. Advance reservations are recommended. --- "Casa Ciriaco" at Calle Mayor, 84. Classic old-style restaurant.
* A LUNCH BEFORE 1pm OR A DINNER BEFORE 7pm. "Salmon Semon - L' Indret" at Calle Capitán Haya, 23. Hours of opening: Noon to 8pm, Monday to Saturday.
* SIDEWALK TABLES FOR DINNER AND PEOPLE WATCHING. "Viña P" at Plaza de Santa Ana, 3.
* A NICE SPOT FOR A FAMILY CELEBRATION. "Chantarella" at Calle Doctor Fleming, 7.
* DISABLED FRIENDLY. "Cornucopia" at calle Navas de Tolosa, 9. Toilets wheelchair accesible. From noon to 12pm.
* EATING WITH CHILDREN. "Gino's" at Juan Bravo, 23. Pizza, salad, pasta. Menú infantil (closed menu for children) 6-7 €. Several branches in Madrid.
* FOR GROUPS UP TO 30. "El Espejo" at Paseo de Recoletos, 31. Advance reservations are a must for groups. No smoking.
* INTIMATE DINNER À DEUX. "La Sinfonía Italiana" at Calle Fernando el Santo, 25. Advance reservations are recommended.
* CLASSICAL MUSIC BY CANDLELIGHT. "La Galette II" at Calle Bárbara de Braganza, 10. Advance reservations are recommended.
* GAY FRIENDLY. "El Armario" at Calle San Bartolome, 7.
* DINNER & PARTY FOR A HEN DO. "Reina Club" at Calle San Andrés, 38. Dinner, karaoke, dancing, make-up for clients and party. Advance reservations are recommended.

* EROTIC PLATES. "La Almeja Picante" (the racy clam) at Calle Ventura de la vega, 11. Joking plates for stag parties and nights out with the gang. Live show.

* DINNER & FLAMENCO. "Casa Patas" at Calle Cañizares, 10. Order rabo de toro (stewed bull's tail). Flamenco usually beginning around 11pm. Advance reservations are recommended.
* LATE DINNER TIL 3am. "El Viajero" at Plaza de la Cebada, 11. Beef, sausage, salad. Great atmosphere on weekends. Closed on Sun and Mon.
* THE OPERA SINGING WAITERS. "La Favorita" at Calle Covarrubias, 25. The waiters are conservatoire students or artists just starting out on their careers. Advance reservations are a must.
* RECLINING ON A BED IN THE ROMAN STYLE. "Laydown Rest & Club" at Plaza de los Mostenses, 11.
* EATING IN DARKNESS. "Diablo Mundo" at calle Espronceda, 34. Blindly dinner every Thursday of the month. A gastronomic taste test.

* KNEELING BAREFOOT AROUND A LOW TABLE. "Naomi" at calle Avila, 14. Japanese cuisine.

* SITTING ON THE CARPET. "Arabia" at calle Piamonte, 12. Cous-cous.
* ARAB BATH, DINNER AND BELLY DANCE SHOW. "Medina Mayrit" at calle Atocha, 14.
* MISSING THE BEACH?. "Ojalá" at calle San Andrés 1. Dinner on sand poured on the basement floor.
* LUNCH IN THE SOCCER STADIUM. "Real Café Bernabeu" at the Real Madrid stadium, access door # 30, calle Concha Espina, 1. Restaurant with 80 meters of glass windows offering spectacular views of the pitch.
* BULLFIGHTING ATMOSPHERE. "Casa Salvador" at Calle Barbieri, 12. Bull tail and battered hake.
* DINNER & ARCHERY. "Tiro con Arco" at plaza de San Anacleto, 4. Italian cuisine.

* UNMISSABLE DESSERTS. "El Cenador del Prado" at Calle del Prado, 4.

* TWO VEGGIES. "La isla del tesoro" at Calle Manuela Malasaña, 3. --- "Artemisa" at Calle Ventura de la Vega, 4.

* BUFFET. "Fresc Co" at calle Silva 18. Saladas, soup, pasta, pizza, chicken. Several branches in Madrid.
* GLUTEN-FREE FOOD. "No solo pasta" at Calle Santiago, 3.
* FOR CARNIVORES. "Rubaiyat" at Calle Juan Ramón Jiménez, 37.

* FOR UNCONVENTIONAL CARNIVORES. "Hostería del Antiguo Convento" at Calle de las Monjas. Boadilla del Monte (Madrid). Kangaroo, crocodile, buffalo, reindeer, ostrich.

* THE WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE HAMBURGER. Kobe steak hamburger (85 €) at "Estik", calle Espronceda, 34.
* ARGENTINE MEAT & LIVE TANGO. "El Viejo Almacén de Buenos Aires" at calle Ramón Gómez de la Serna, 4. 

* DINNER, CUBAN CIGAR AND TROPICAL MUSIC. "Floridita" at calle Diego de León, 3. Cuban fusion cuisine. Smart dress.

* NACHOS, TACOS & MARIACHIS. "Las Mañanitas" at calle Fuencarral, 82. Mexican food and live mariachis.

* HALAL FOOD. "Al Zahra" at calle Salvador de Madariaga, 4 is the official halal restaurant of Islamic Cultural Center of Madrid (Mosque).

* KOSHER FOOD. "La Escudilla" at Calle Santísima Trinidad, 16. Sephardi cooking. Kosher Le Mehadrin under the supervision of the Rabinut Ha Rashit of Madrid.
* PAELLA & OTHER RICE RECIPES. "Los arroces de Segis" at Calle Infanta Mercedes, 109.
* COCIDO MADRILEÑO (Three-course chickpea stew). "La Taberna de la Daniela" at Calle General Pardiñas, 21.
* CALLOS A LA MADRILEÑA (Beef tripe and snout). "San Mamés" at Calle Bravo Murillo, 88.
* WHERE HOME COOKING REACHES PERFECTION. "De La Riva" at Calle Cochabamba, 13. Closed on evening.
* WHERE LOCALS EAT SHELLFISH. "Rafa" at Narváez, 68. High-priced but top quality. Advance reservations are recommended.
* PESCAÍTO (fried whitebait). "La Giralda" at Calle Hartzenbusch, 15. Advance reservations are recommended.
* JAMÓN IBÉRICO "JOSELITO" (cured ham "Joselito"). "Sula Madrid" at Calle Jorge Juan, 33. Joselito (trade mark) is a top quality cured ham class "ibérico". It's expensive but worth.

* EATING TAPAS AT THE COUNTER. "Juana La Loca" at Plaza Puerta de Moros, 4. Superb tortilla de patatas. No credit cards. --- "Sagaretxe" at calle Eloy Gonzalo, 26. Basque pintxos. --- "Estay" at calle Hermosilla, 46.

* TORTILLAS. "Las Tortillas de Gabino" at calle Rafael Calvo, 20. Potato tortilla, black tortilla, tortilla with octopus, with callos, with mushroom.
* COD & TUNA. "El Foque" at Calle Suero de Quiñones, 22. Advance reservations are recommended.
* ROAST LAMB. "Asador de Aranda" at Calle Preciados, 44. Order roast lamb, salad and red wine. Several branches in Madrid.
* ROAST CHICKEN. "Casa Mingo" at Paseo de la Florida, 2. Order roast chicken, salad and sidra (apple cider). No credit cards. No smoking. This budget restaurant is close to a domed hermitage built between 1792 and 1798 called San Antonio de la Florida that contains Goya's tomb and one of his most unusual masterpieces, an elaborately fresco depicting the miracles of St. Anthony on the dome and cupola. This has been called Goya's Sistine Chapel.
* OFFAL & LAMB'S GIZZARDS FOR ADVANCED VISITORS. "Freiduría de Gallinejas" at Calle Embajadores, 84. No credit cards.