Our family goes to Madrid at least once a year, and El Schotis is our first stop on our first day there after a long trip from Puerto Rico. Start out with a "caña" of the #1 Madrid beer on tap, Mahou, to refresh yourself and your palate. Accompany the beer with a selection of chistorros (sausage), iberian ham, gambas (shrimps on garlic), and tortilla. After you finish your beer, order any Rioja from the wine list and don't worry too much, they are all very good and cery fresh. One sure bet is the house Rioja, Balbas. Move on to any special fish or meat dish, but I always have the Solomillo which is brought on a sizzling dish so you can cook your piece to your liking. If the sizzle leaves, order another dish to continue your cooking. The kids love this. For dessert, I recommend a Crema Catalana, a traditional dish from Catalunya, and very similar to a Creme Bruleé. Don't forget an after dinner digestiv. I recommend Amatxi (see picture).
The restaurant is owned and operated by the cooks and waiters, so the service is always spot on. After going there for so many years, it's like visiting old friends for dinner.