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This landmark restaurant, which opened in 1839, is credited with having introduced French haute cuisine into the culinary wilderness of Madrid. Founder Emile Lhardy is said to have been enticed to the city by none other than 'Carmen' author Prosper Mérimée, who told him there was no decent restaurant in the Spanish capital. These days it's rated as much for its history and belle-époque decor as for the (expensive) food. The menu is as Frenchified as ever, although there's also a very refined 'cocido' stew, good game and 'callos' (tripe), in addition to an excellent, if pricey, wine list.
Carrera de San Jerónimo, 8
|Transport:||Sol (M: L1, L2, L3)|
|Price:||Main courses €24-€40|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 1pm-3.30pm, 8.30pm-11pm; Sun 1pm-3.30pm|