El Puchero

Price guide: Mid-range

Calle Larra 13, Madrid, 28004

Price guide: Mid-range

El Puchero

By Annie Bennett, your Madrid expert

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#33 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Madrid
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4.6
4.6
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, No fuss

Expert review of El Puchero

Honest-to-goodness Castilian food in a traditional setting.

This is my default place for old-school Spanish food. It's been going since 1940, and I've been going here for 25 years. As have a lot of the many other regulars.So you get the picture - there is nothing remotely fashionable or designery about El Puchero. Unlike in a lot of places, the waitresses have worked here for ages and have firm views on how a restaurant should be run. If you're not sure what to have, they are quite forthright with their opinions on what constitutes a decent meal at their establishment. 

Food and drink: 

The menu changes according to what is good at any particular time of year - if you thought seasonal cuisine was a recent phenomenon in restaurants, think again. Specialities include jugged hare, roast lamb, steaks, slow-cooked kidneys in sherry, braised oxtail, baby broad beans with ham, salt cod brandade and garlic prawns. Their gazpacho is fantastic.

Ambience: 

Red checked tablecloths, red tiled walls, hanging hams... there is no doubt about what sort of place this is. It gets really busy at lunchtime with people who work nearby, and at weekends.

Service: 

Severely professional. No messing about.

Location: 

Central but off the tourist track. Near Calle Fuencarral shops.

Price advice: 

Starters are around 5-12 euros, mains 12-22 euros. Portions are pretty hefty though.

Other useful branches: 

There is another branch uptown at Calle Padre Damian 37.

More information on El Puchero:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Spanish, Steak, Traditional
Address:
Calle Larra 13, Madrid, 28004
Telephone:
91 445 0577
Website:
http://elpuchero.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 2pm-4pm, 9pm-midnight. Closed Sundays and August.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to El Puchero? Would you recommended it?