For me the 50th % of a trip means to know the local food. Tasting those dishes eaten by city locals, and that you can find in very economic places as well as in luxurious restaurants.
You can´t leave Madrid without having tasted some of these dishes. Some of them are very well-known as the paella, but others are not so famous. Some are suitable for summer and others are ideal for cold weather. You can choose:
This is a must in Madrid, since it is one of the most typical dishes of Spanish cuisine, not only in Madrid. It is a kind of stew, typical of winter season, as it provides a lot of calories. It consists of a broth that is usually taken as a starter, and then as second dish you have the actual stew, consisting of chickpeas, chicken, black pudding (cut beef), carrots, potatoes, green beans, a ham bone, bacon, sausage, cabbage.
There are many places in Madrid to taste a good cocido, including:
Casa Carola I: Affordable prices tavern and generous rations.
C / Padilla 54, Local on the Right. – Phone: 914019408
Casa Carola II. C / Victor Andres Belaunde, 6 – Phone: 91 458 31 59
Lhardy: Emblematic place of Madrid, where celebrities go. Therefore prices are rather expensive.
C / Carrera de San Jerónimo, 8 – (+34) 915 213 385
Malacatín: Generous dishes and very good price.
C / Ruda No. 5 – Phone. 91 365 52 41
La Bola Tavern: Centenary restaurant. The Cocido here is the star dish. Cooked very slowly and with a oak charcoal fire.
C / Ball 5 – Phone. 915 476 930
Traditional and very simple dish. Nevertheless it is not easy to suggest good tortilla places, as “about tastes there is nothing written”. Juicy, tall, thin, with or without onions…
The basic ingredients are: eggs, potatoes, olive oil, salt. They must be combined and cooked perfectly, in order not to overcooked it.
Some places in Madrid where to eat a good Tortilla:
Salvaterra County: Galician cuisine. Here tortilla is prepared by Pepita in two versions: with onions and juicy, and a less juicy version, with sausage and pepper. Generous portions.
C / Berruguete, 2 – Phone. 914 501 759
Trucha: A classic in Chamberí neighborhood. Different versions, from traditional to codfish tortilla, with Galician octopus, with baby squids, with mushrooms and truffle, with purrusalda cream …
C / Rafael Calvo, 20. Phone. +34 913 19 75 05
Sylkar: The place is small but the omelets are great and available at all hours. For breakfast, as a snack, lunch, snack, dinner …
C / Espronceda, 17 – Phone. +34 915 54 57 03
La Penela: Galician restaurant serving tortilla from Betanzos: very thin potatoes slices and chips, which makes the tortilla crisp and tender inside. Poultry eggs. They say prices are not cheap, but they are worth paying.
C / Infanta Mercedes 98 – Phone. +34 915 79 91 78
SNAILS “a la Madrileña”
It was one of the typical dishes of Madrid in the early twentieth century. They are served in a clay pot with red wine. They taste a little spicy as they are prepared with chili pepper. They are eaten especially in spring, when it´s harvest time.
Where you can taste snails:
Casa Amadeo – Los Caracoles: Good price. A neighborhood bar that is crowded on Sundays. A well-brewed beer.
C / Toledo 106. Phone. +34 933 20 January 41
Casa Jorge: Catalan cuisine. They also serve the famous Catalan calcots.
C / Cartagena 104 – Phone. +34 914 16 92 44
The Royal Corner: French cuisine opposite the Royal Theatre. They serve bourguignon snails or mushrooms.
Union Street, 8 – Phone. +34 910 80 19 82.
La Huerta de Lleida: Very well known for his van with a snail in the roof. Here you can try the snails in the Llauda way (with sausage and tomato sauce) or the Fomanta one (fried).
Cuesta de Santo Domingo, 16
SPICY POTATOES (Patatas Bravas)
They are served as a ration, accompanied by a good beer. They are dices shaped chips with a spicy tomato sauce. Hence its name. Is the typical dish that can be enjoyed on the terraces of Madrid, along with other tapas.
They can be found in almost all bars, but not all of them prepare it really well, with a well elaborated sauce. Our favorites are:
Las Bravas: good prices, although some say that attention is not the best. This is a place where you can say, this is Madrid!
C / Alvarez Cat. 3 – Phone +34 915 22 85 81
L’Andecha: Typical tapas and more elaborated dishes.
Avda Brussels, 69 -..Phone +34 917 26 96 93
Mrs. Potato: A small neighborhood bar. Potatoes with different shapes and different kinds of sauces.
C / Juan Francisco, 5. Phone 91 472 75 32.
In Segwaytrip we like to eat well! And our customers leave Madrid having had a full experience of the place.
That´s why we offer two tours, where, besides visiting the historic Madrid, you can taste delicious Spanish dishes. We invite you to know: