Perhaps the ultimate in quality casual dining near the Prado, the aptly named “Silverware Bar” has good and simple food to go with its draft beer and decent selection of wine by the glass. Generous plates tend to emphasize the classics—like a hamburger smothered with caramelized onions, melted cheese, and (if you wish) slices of sausage. Speaking of sausage—the fat links of butifarra, a Catalan sausage, are often offered with a large plate of ratatouille. The house fish specialty is pulpo gallego—boiled octopus served over boiled potatoes and heavily seasoned with smoky Spanish paprika and a sharp Spanish olive oil. Most diners elect to eat at outdoor cafe tables, but the bar does have a small dining room if the weather gets cold or wet.
- Frommer's Staff