Eating in Spain is an event...and you better know the hours of your mealtimes, or you will starve. The two major meals are La comida, or lunch from 2 -3:30 and La cena or dinner, from 9-11; but if you're hungry about 8, you can treat yourself to the famous tapas, or small plates; tortilla espanola and gambas al ajillo are among of my favorites.
Two popular upscale restaurants here in Madrid for lunch and dinner are Gymage and Tatel.
The former is located in the hip neighborhood of Malasana. Gymage houses a gym, a hair salon, and the rooftop pool, bar and restaurant, serving everthing from smoothies and fresh juice to frozen daiquiries and full course meals. Its a beautiful urban oasis, with spectacular views, a perfect respite from the hustle-bustle of the city.
Tatel is an elegant, yet trendy restaurant located in the barrio Salmanaca. Its expensive, but it is worth it; the food, wine selection, ambience and decor are exceptional. Reservations are a must. Try the fresh tomato and buratta salad and the shrimp with avocado. Superb! Hasta manana! Ciao.