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“Bocata de Calamares”
Review of El Brillante

El Brillante
Ranked #8,305 of 11,308 Restaurants in Madrid
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast
Neighbourhood: Paseo del Prado
Reviewed 4 April 2014

This is a small place, 2 blocks more o less to the "Atocha Train Station" right at the heart of Madrid. The atmosphere has certain charm, like it came from the past. If you decide to enter, can not miss the so called Bocata de Calamares, spanish for fried squid sandwich, which must be eaten with a beer (a "caña") or if you prefer with a coke. Bear in mind that this is a noisy place, not because of the clients, but due to the fact that the people that works in there, yields and shouts between each other. Maybe they are deaf, but I do not know for sure.

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Reviewed 31 March 2014 via mobile

Arrogant cocky waiter, small plate of jamon, one bread roll and a beer...take a quess how much.

28 Euros! Rip off! Stay away! My spanish friends said its typical of this place. You've been warned!

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Reviewed 25 March 2014

Every time we went past this place it was packed, morning noon and night. Eventually got in for breakfast on our last day and realised why it was so popular. Great choice of food. Great service. Great value. You have to go there at least once.

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Reviewed 13 March 2014

This place is LOUD but what a discovery! I loved the bocadillo calamares and the bocadillo con tortilla espanola. Both were very good. Go here for a quick bite. Full of locals and that is always a good sign :)

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Reviewed 22 February 2014

This is a nice little place right by Atocha train station, I like the atmosphere and it looks cool, kind of like an old time diner. They are famous for their bocadillo de calamares, which is a fried squid sandwich and it is quite good.

Thank Levi W
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