After a small breakfast, lunch in Madridis more than a welcome sight; it’s a revelation. Eaten between two and four in the afternoon, lunch in Madridis the biggest, the most important and arguably the most creative meal of the day. You don’t have to worry about eating too much though, as you can just take a hard-earned siesta afterwards! But to get the full Madridlunch experience at least once, do order a fixed price lunch (called a menu del día in Spanish). You’ll get an appetizer, a main meal, bread, wine, dessert and coffee for much less than you’d think. Unfortunately, the menu del día deal is only available during the week. But weekday or weekend, do take your time (two hours is still common), for lunch in Madrid is a ritual to be savored. In fact, the one thing a Madrid restaurant won’t do is rush you; the waiters are in no hurry to see you go! In some restaurants you may actually have to be a bit aggressive to get your check at all, but that’s just part of the ritual. And if you have the time, don’t skimp on the after-lunch conversation with your meal companions, either. This concept has its own word in Spanish: sobremesa.