– When I first moved to
Spain, my Spanish was terrible and that really inhibited my ability to explore the off-the-beaten-path
and on-the-beaten-path tapas bars and restaurants
of this country, but I had a secret weapon, my wife, Yoly. – Exactly, so I helped James
enjoy his gastronomic passion by teaching him the
most important phrases, that he needed to just walk in a bar, in a Spanish tapas bar, or a restaurant and just handle himself like a Spaniard. – And we’re gonna teach
you those phrases today, so you can hit all those places, we’re gonna give you lots of tips, so you can feel totally
comfortable and totally local in the bars and restaurants of Spain. (lively Spanish guitar music) Hey Spain lovers, my name’s James Blick. – And I’m Yolanda Martin. – And welcome to Spain Revealed, this channel is all about helping you explore and understand Spain like a local and there’s nothing more local, than handling yourself like a local in a tapas bar or restaurant, that’s what today is all about. You know, in the little villages of Spain, the neighborhoods, the kind of
places you really wanna hit, the really authentic places,
they’re off-the-beaten-path, there may not be a lot of English spoken or whatever language you speak, so you know, having some Spanish will really mean you
can access those places and have a super deep
experience, while you’re there and even in some of the bigger, you know, a little more big city places, if you know a little bit of Spanish, you’ll get the cred of the waiter, – Yeah.
– so we’re gonna head. – You get the kudos.
– You get the kudos, exactly. – Yeah.
– So Yoly, obviously a native speaker,
I’m not a native speaker, but I’ve learned Spanish and so we’re gonna give you those key tips and so where are we going, Yoly? – We’re going to Casa Toni, one of our favorite places to hang out and you know, have food
and drinks in Madrid. – Exactly, it’s like our
tapas bar living room and that’s where we’re gonna go and teach you all these key tips. Okay, so here we are in Casa
Toni, our favorite tapas bar, perfect place to learn
how to handle yourself and speak in a tapas bar or restaurant. Well, the first thing, when you walk into a tapas
bar or restaurant in Spain is, you need somewhere
to sit, you need a table, so how do I ask for a table
for two in Spanish, Yoly? – Well, I’m glad you asked, you say, “Una mesa para dos, por favor.” “Una mesa para dos, por favor.” – A table for two, please. So you walk in the door and
that’s the first thing you say. Now, a little, well, what if
you’re traveling on your own? “Una mesa, por favor.” – Very good. – You’ve just come through the door. Now the thing is, in a place
like Casa Toni, like this one, you actually don’t have
to ask for a table, you just kinda come and sit down, ’cause they’re quite rustic and informal, but in, you know, kind
of more elegant places, you will have to ask for a table. Here’s the thing, often
you wanna stay at the bar, you don’t want a table, because there’s more action at the bar, it’s kinda more fun, it’s more animated, you can see that there’s people behind us standing at the bar or
sitting on stools at the bar, that’s very typical of Madrid, you know, whereas in Barcelona, for example, you generally will always
want a table at a tapas bar, there’s not as much tradition
there of standing at the bar. So if we wanna stay at the
bar, what would we say, Yoly? Nos quedamos en la barra. Okay, perfect. So we’re either sitting
down or at the bar, but now we need a menu.
– Right. – Here at Casa Toni, the menus
are generally on the table, but you will often find that menus won’t necessarily be available, they’re sometimes a bit random and, – Hard to get sometimes.
– yeah, hard to get, they might be hidden somewhere. – Yes.
– So how would I ask for the menu? La carta, por favor. – That’s right.
– So that’s how you ask for the menu. But there’s another
word that you will see, that looks like menu in English and that’s “menú”, but that doesn’t mean the physical menu, the “menú” is actually the “menú del día” or a kind of a fixed price,
multiple course meal, that’s what “menú” means, so “menú” does not mean the physical menu, just keep that in mind.
– Yeah. – The word for physical menu is “carta”. So, “La carta, por favor.” – That’s it.
– Exactly. Okay, so we’ve got the
menu, but I want some wine. – Sure.
– So, how do we get the wine list? “La carta de vinos, por favor.” – That’s right.
– What you’ll often find is the wine list won’t be
just given to you by default, sometimes you’ll have to ask for it, so if you don’t see any
wine on the main menu, then yeah, you have to ask for
La carta de vinos por favor.. But if you just wanna have a glass, often the glasses that are available are not on the wine list and sometimes they’re
not written anywhere, – Yeah, sure.
– but it’s just, the waiter just has them in their head. – Yep.
– So how would I ask, you know, what wines are
available by the glass? – Well, listen to this one,
“¿Que vino tenéis por copa?”. So again, “¿Que vino tenéis por copa?”. “¿Que vino tenéis por copa?” That’s right.
– So that’s a way to say, look, what wines have
you got by the glass? That’s like a little bit
of a pro level there, if you’re feeling courageous
and so you can find out, but I tell you what, it’s great, you know, being able
to order by the glass, because you can try a
variety of different wines and don’t worry if you
get a little bit confused, because you’re never gonna pay more than about four or so
euros, maximum, you know, so if you make mistake, no big deal. But, here’s a little tip, they will be probably a higher quality of, or a bigger range of wines
available by the bottle, so there might be three or
four available by the glass, but by the bottle on the wine list, there might be 50
– Yeah. – and so it might be
the more simple wines, that are available by the glass and so if you wanna really
drink some great wine, then push the boat out, get a bottle, look, if you’re gonna have
a couple of glasses each, it’s worth it.
– Yeah, why not? – Right? And remember, the wine list will always be divided by the region. Okay, so we wanna order our wine now. – Sure.
– You know, how do I order a bottle of red wine? “Quería una botella de
vino tinto, por favor.” – Or just “Una botella
de vino tinto por favor.” “Una botella de vino tinto por favor.” – Or “vino blanco”, white wine. “Una botella de vino blanco por favor.” Okay, so we’re good there. What if I know the region I want? Those of you who are regular watchers will have heard of the wine region, Rioja, we made a video about that, well, Yoly filmed it,
– Sure. – and I presented it. So what if I wanted to
get a bottle of Rioja, that famous wine region, for example? – Then you say, “Una botella
de rioja, por favor.” “Una botella de rioja, por favor.” That’s right.
– Okay, we’re not gonna go by the bottle, we’re gonna go by the glass, so I want a glass of red
wine, how do I ask for that? “Una copa de vino, por favor.” – That’s right.
– But how would I say white wine or red wine? – Then you say, “Una copa de vino tinto.” or “Una copa de vino tinto.” – Exactly, “Una copa de vino
tinto.”, “Una copa de vino blanco.” Here’s the thing, the
word for red in Spanish is “rojo”, but you don’t say “vino rojo”, – No.
– red wine, you don’t say that, you say “vino tinto”. – That’s right.
– That’s a little key there. – Yeah. – Okay, so look, I don’t
even want wine, I want beer. – Yes.
– How do I get beer? – Beer, well, a beer
this size, small size, you say “Una caña, por favor”, so “Una caña, por favor”. “Una caña por favor” – And look, you can ask for
“Una cerveza, por favor”, – Yeah. – but you’re gonna sound
a little more local, if you ask for “Una caña por favor”, which is asking for a draft beer. Now obviously if you want a bottled beer, it’s a little different,
– Sure. – then you have to ask for, well, I would just ask for “una cerveza” in that case,
– Yeah. – What if this is a little small? What if I’m used to, you
know, I’m a Northern European, I’m used to very large beers and my entire hand covers
this tiny thimble of beer, that we drink regularly in Spain. – It’s not that little.
– What would I ask for? – Well, then you get a “doble”, so “Una doble por favor”. “Una doble por favor”. – Which just means double the size, – Yeah.
– and I always say don’t order anything larger than that, because if it’s available
larger than that, you’re probably in a tourist trap, ’cause we don’t drink
beers larger than this, alright.
– No. – But stick to the “cañas” it’s fine, you can keep changing. Okay, we’re almost
finished with the liquids, we’re almost totally liquided out, – Oh, yeah.
– We have wine, we have beer. – Water.
– Water, water, now this one is easy, but it has a couple of wrinkles
in there, so listen close. Alright, how do I ask for water, please? “Agua, por favor.” – Or “Un vaso de agua, por favor”. “Un vaso de agua, por favor”. – A glass of water,
– Hm-mm. – or what about a bottle of water? “Una botella de agua, por favor.” – That’s right.
– Now here’s the thing, we are highly environmentally
conscious these days, bottled water is a
disaster for the planet, as I hope you all agree,
so what about tap water? How do I ask for tap water? “Agua de grifo, por favor.” – That’s right.
– The word, “grifo” means tap. Okay, but here’s the thing,
if you order tap water in a bar or restaurant in
Spain, what Yoly and I find, ’cause we often do that
to save the environment, we often find that we
get a little pushback, they’ll say that, “Oh
no, the pipes are bad,” or, you know,
– The tap’s broken. – The tap’s broken,
– Yeah. – and they’ll try and
push the mineral water, because obviously they wanna
push the bill price up, so if it gets weird, if
it gets hard, you know, you might end up with a bottle of water, but at least you tried.
– Yes. – The thing is though, if you’re
in Barcelona, for example, the tap water doesn’t taste very good, so in Barcelona, you are gonna
be drinking bottled water and that’s perfectly normal,
– That’s fine. – and that’s fine, but here in Madrid, the water is amazing. Okay, so we’ve ordered all
the liquids in the world but now we need to order some food. – Yes, please. – So it’s time to order food, we’ve got a menu in front of us, but a menu is gonna be divided in Spain, depending a little bit on the region, but there’s kind of three
terms you’re gonna see and what are they, Yoly? – Those are “tapas”, “medias
raciones” and “raciones”. – Exactly.
– Yeah. – So I mean, you might even see in some bars or restaurants in Seville, you might see three columns on your menu, first column says “tapas”, second column says “medias raciones”, – Yeah.
– Well, “medias raciones”. – Yeah, or “medias”. – Or “medias” and the third column says “raciones” and you’re just getting
bigger as you go along. Now depending on the region,
you might only see one of those or you might see two of
those, for example, in Madrid, you generally won’t see “tapas” on a menu, you’ll see “medias
raciones” and “raciones”. So on the menu here in
Casa Toni, for example, maybe I wanna get a plate of calamari and some anchovies, some fried anchovies, so how would I order
“raciones” of those, Yoly? “Una ración de calamares, por favor.” – A plate, a ration, a
“ración” of calamari. “Una ración de boquerones, por favor.” – Which is anchovies.
– Yes. – What if I wanted a half “ración” or a “tapa” of “boquerones” of anchovies? “Media ración de boquerones, por favor.” Okay, so you’ve been eating, but you just haven’t ordered enough, you wanna order more food and it’s actually quite a good idea, you should never order
all your food at once in a tapas bar, order it bit by bit. So how do I say to the waiter, I wanna order something extra? “Quería pedir algo más, por favor.” I wanna order something extra and then, you know, you go back up to, you know, step four or whatever it is and they bring the menu again and you order off the menu again and you ask for your
“calamares” and “boquerones” or anything like that. What if I’m really thirsty, I need another glass of wine, or I just wanna get really drunk, so how do I order more alcohol? “Otra copa de vino, por favor.” – Another glass of wine.
– Another glass of wine. “Otra caña de vino, por favor.” That one. So, that’s how you do it or you could just start again and say “Una copa de
vino tinto, por favor”, – Hm-mm.
– red wine, if you have been drinking “vino blanco”. So you’ve got your food,
you’ve got more food, you’ve got more wine, we’re stuffed, dessert, what is the word for dessert? “postre” So if you wanna get dessert, you might say what desserts are there? “¿Que postres tenéis?” Because often you’ll find that they won’t necessarily
be written down, particularly if you’re having
that (speaking in Spanish), that fixed price lunchtime menu, the desserts won’t
necessarily be written down, they’ll be in the waiter’s head, – Yes.
– so you’ll have to ask and then they’ll rattle them all off and you have to remember, so they can get a little bit stressful, – A bit tricky.
– a bit tricky, okay. So we’ve had the dessert,
we’ve had our drinks, we’ve had our food,
now comes the sad part, we have to pay.
– Pay for it. – Of course, the one
thing to always remember, you always pay at the end in tapas bars, you don’t pay as you go, so you know, don’t feel
like you have to be paying, you know, the whole time. So how do we ask for the bill, Yoly? “La cuenta, por favor.” – That’s right.
– There’s other ways to say it, but that’s the
simplest way to say it, – Yeah.
– The words are kinda easy. “La cuenta, por favor.” So they bring the bill, if
you’re not sure about tipping, check out my video about 10 Tips For Traveling Through Spain, because there I talk about
tipping and how we tip in Spain. Okay, so we’ve paid, we’ve tipped or not and so what do we do next? I mean, do we just walk out, or? – We should say thank you, right. – We should say thank you,
– Yeah. – we should compliment them
– Yes. – on the quality of the food.
– Yeah. – So you know, maybe we wanna go back and we wanna leave a nice impression, – Sure.
– so how would we say that? – We say “Muchas gracias.
¡Estaba muy rico!” “Muchas gracias. ¡Estaba muy rico!” – That’s right.
– So thank you very much and it was delicious. I’m gonna make sure to write out or maybe, Yoly, you–
– Maybe I can do it, yeah. – You are Spanish,
– Sure. – I’ll probably make a
few spelling mistakes, we will write out in the description below all the Spanish words we’ve
used, so you can read those. Question, I would love to know what more language videos like this you would really like us to do together, we love making videos together and you know, are there any scenarios you would love to know how to negotiate? You know, not just
learning the basic lingo, but kind of with a little
cultural commentary around it, so you really know how to dive into Spain and really explore it like
a local in an authentic way. So please leave us notes about
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wanna see more videos about how to explore Spain like a local and thank you for watching,
it’s been great to see you guys. So salud!
– Salud! – And see you again.
– Salud. – ¡Hasta luego! ¡Ciao! ¡Hasta luego!