One of the most distinctive characteristics of the Spanish culture is, as we know, its gastronomy.
Traditional Spanish cuisine is present continuously in the lives of nationals. Whether it’s taking tapas, eating, dining or enjoying typical Spanish desserts, there is always an excuse to get carried away by the palate and enjoy the small moments of gastronomic happiness that this country offers.
The Mediterranean diet is considered one of the healthiest. With a menu rich in fruits and vegetables, cereals and legumes, quality meat and fish, Spaniards feel healthy while filling their bellies.
In addition, traditional food doesn’t go out of style, which is why it is said that «the classics never die». The cuisine of this country is endless and the number of restaurants doesn’t stop growing, but here we leave a list of the essentials that should visit if they go to Madrid and want to taste good Spanish food.
One of them is Casa Lucio. Located in Calle Cava Baja nº 35 since November 1974, this is one of the most emblematic restaurants in Madrid. In addition to its notorious clientele, it is necessary to highlight the mythical starry eggs that have become the main dish along with other specialties such as Spanish omelette or prawns.
The Asturian fabada, the oxtail and the Madrid-style tripe are also well-known here.
And for dessert, let’s not forget the famous Santiago cake!
It is also on the list of the very recommended and essential Botín restaurant. Located on Calle Cuchilleros nº 17 and almost 300 years old, this restaurant can boast of being the dean of all the restaurants in the world. In its facade you can still see the damage caused by the shrapnel during the Civil War. His fame is due to the mention that he did the same in one of his books, none other than Ernest Hemingway and, to this day, he has not yet succumbed to his charms.The star recipe of the house is roast suckling pig, but the garlic soups and the lamb of Aranda del Duero are also well known.
But, if what you are looking for is the cocido madrileño, don’t hesitate to visit La Taberna La Bola. This restaurant is located in the Santo Domingo neighborhood and is over 100 years old. Its specialty is the cocido madrileño and it is served in individual clay pots. Tasty!
Another of the most delicious Spanish gastronomic corners of Madrid is located in the square Angel Carbajo, number 6. It is Txistu, an inn of high quality Basque cuisine frequented by many bullfighters, footballers and celebrities in general. Here we can try Manchego cheese, ham and Iberian loin, but what stands out is the steak at the stone and, in general, its meat for its typical «Asador Donostiarra» atmosphere.
We also refer to the typical Spanish desserts that are prepared like rice pudding, custard or leche frita.
Finally, the Chocolatería San Ginés located in Paseo San Ginés, number 2. Today, this chocolate shop opens every day of the year 24 hours a day. The success of its chocolate with churros is the result of centuries of tradition. It was mentioned in the work of Valle Inclán, «Luces de Bohemia» and is considered the best chocolate shop in the entire capital of Madrid. Of course eating is a pleasure.