When I came back to Madrid, Having been away from home for a few years the first thing on my agenda was to rediscover the local cuisine. My name is Ines Cano Uribe, by the way, and today I’d like to share with you some of the best restaurants in this city that offer the most delicious traditional dishes you could ever find.
Cocido Madrileño, La Bola Taberna
If you were to pick only one traditional Madrid dish, you’d have to go with cocido madrilène. You won’t find anything more traditional than this chickpea stew. This dish is made with a variety of meats like pork, fresh chorizo, jamón serrano, beef shanks, and chicken; and vegetables such as potatoes, cabbage, carrots, turnips, green beans, and of course, chickpeas or garbanzo.
La Bola Taberna cooks its cocido madrileño the old-fashioned way; slow-cooked in a clay pot over oak charcoal.
The restaurant is located at C/Bola, Madrid.
Huevos Rotos, Casa Lucio
Huevos rotos, which means “broken eggs,” is a popular dish all over Spain and is generally served in taverns. It’s a simple recipe made with fried potatoes, onions, chorizo or jamón, and eggs. What makes this dish extra special in Madrid is the restaurant from which to get it—Casa Lucio.
Casa Lucio is a tourist attraction in Madrid, welcoming countless visitors year-round, including famous personalities and celebrities; from presidents and royalty (think Bill Clinton and King Juan Carlos) to Hollywood A-listers (Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Pierce Brosnan, Eva Longoria, and Penelope Cruz).
Their solomillo and callos con garbanzos is aso a must-try.
Lucio will occasionally go to the dining area to greet his regular patrons and first-time guests. He is quite a popular personality in Madrid.
Casa Lucio is located in one of the oldest streets in Madrid, Calle Cava Baja.
Cochinillo, El Sobrino de Botín
First off, El Sobrino de Botín is a tourist attraction in itself for the mere fact that it only happens to be the oldest restaurant in the world! 300 years old now and still cooking the most delectable traditional dishes in Madrid, you really can’t go wrong with any choice on the menu. But if you had to choose only one, I’d say go for the cochinillo (suckling pig).
The restaurant is located at Calle Cuchilleros.
The restaurants mentioned here are quite popular, so it’s best to go early as the lines could get long pretty quickly.
Ines Cano Uribe, BSc Psychology, is currently working on the validation of her UK degree into a Spanish degree. Visit this page again to read her latest post.