Spain don’t stand out only for its culture, its history, its beautiful monuments, its beaches or for the good weather, but also for its gastronomy since it is one of the best ones in world thanks to its variety and its quality. Each of its 17 regions and its 2 autonomous cities have their own typical dishes differing from the rest. In this post, we will focus on Madrid, the Spanish capital. It became ingrained in Spain the culture of the tapa and it is because Spanish people love having lunch in tapas bars. For this reason, we invite you to taste the delicacy of Madrid by doing a tapas tasting in which you could eat traditional tapas in the most special bars of the city since some of them are started to work in the trade more than 100 years ago. If you think that this experience is short and you want to learn more about the gastronomy of Madrid, here we introduce you the top 10 of tapas in Madrid.
1. Bocadillo de Calamares (Squid sandwich)
It is an emblematic dish on Madrid and it is strange the bar that cannot offer you it but it is also so important to know where to go to eat it. It can seem an easy dish but the process of frying is really important to the texture of the Squid a la Romana and its flavour. We recommend you a small and old bar but this one is really worth because you will really experience the culture of Bocadillo de Calamares in Madrid. “La ideal”, located in Calle Botoneras 4, in one of the porticoes of the Plaza Mayor.
You could not leave Madrid without tasting the known bacalao. We recommend you 2 bars since both of them are usually full. Both of them are just as good but they do not have anything to envy each other. “Casa Labra” is a centenarian bar, in which generation upon generation they have offered this delicacy. The bar is unique because it has not been renovated from 1860, located in Calle de Tetuán, 12, one of the side-street of Calle Preciados. Near the Plaza Mayor, this pure and modest bar known by its fried bacalao and its frasca wine, “Casa Revuelta” is located exactly in Calle de Latoneros, 3.
3.Oreja a la plancha (Grilled pig’s ear)
The most typical dish of offal store to eat as tapa in bars of Madrid. “Casa Toni” is one of the most traditional of the capital, its natural and crispy pig’s ear is what defines this bar. It is a small bar really near from La Puerta del Sol. “Casa Toni” keeps its pure spirit and it is located in Calle de la Cruz, 14.
4.Patatas bravas (Fries potatoes with brava sauce)
When we talk about fries, we think that is is easy to cook, but it is not like that at all, the patatas bravas hide a lot of secrets and not everybody can brag about having the secret formula. To taste the best ones in Madrid, we recommend you “Docamar”, located in Calle de Alcalá, 337.
5.Caracoles a la madrileña (Snails typical of Madrid)
It is typical of traditional bars of Madrid. Not everybody dares to taste them, but all they that do it, finally do not forget the spicy and unique flavour of this tapa. We recommend you the bar “Los Caracoles”, located inCalle de Toledo 106, is the bar par excellence to eat caracoles (snails) in Madrid.
6.Huevos estrellados (Scrambled eggs)
The recipe is simple but the flavour is unique if you cook it well and in “Casa Lucio” they have the perfect taste. This bar is located in Cava Baja, 35.
The croquettes are another world, there are a lot of types and of every flavours but without doubt, Spain was its forefather and Madrid as Spanish capital is a good place to taste them. We recommend you three different bars which will surprise you. “Santerra” received las year the price of « the best croquette in 2018 »by the Gastronomic Congress of Madrid Fusion and its croquettes are a real exquisite. It is located in Calle General Pardiñas, 56. For those who love croquettes and its variety “Casa Julio”, has from the classic ones made with Iberian ham to those with diverse flavours such as black pudding with quince; spinach, raisins and gorgonzola cheese or mushrooms and leek. This bar is located in Calle de la Madera,37.
8.Gambas al ajillo (Garlic prawn)
“La casa del abuelo” is the best place to taste the best garlic prawn. We do not know which is the secret but they are really unique. This temple of prawn has some bars around Madrid, the main one is located inCalle de La Victoria, 12, but you could also find it onCalle de Goya, 57 and Calle de Toledo, 11.
9.Ensaladilla (Russian salad)
It is a simple recipe but in which the tricks are essential and can turn it into the best ensaladilla, it’s what happened in “Restaurante Casa Rafa”. This restaurant is a shellfish bar and one of the best ones but the success of its ensaladilla goes before because its ensaladilla has the perfect savour. It is located in Calle de Narváez, 68.
10.Tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelette)
Finally, the star dish of all regions in Spain, each region has its trick and this one could not miss in the gastronomy of Madrid. You could like it more or less cooked but everybody who leaves the bar “La Ardosa” do not care about it because its tortilla is amazing. It is located in Calle de Colón, 13.
The gastronomy is one of the pleasures more practised and it is why more and more we like to know this culture in each place we travel to.
We hope you have liked this post and when you taste all these exquisites of the Spanish gastronomy, you feel like a resident of Madrid!