La Bola

Price guide: Mid-range

Calle La Bola 5, Madrid, 28013

Price guide: Mid-range

La Bola

By Annie Bennett, your Madrid expert

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#39 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Madrid
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.8
3.8
Ambience:
3.9
3.9
Service:
3.7
3.7
Location:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, History

Expert review of La Bola

Pretty restaurant that specialises in traditional Madrilenian dishes.

La Bola opened in 1870 and has been run by successive generations of the Verdasco family ever since. The signature dish here is cocido madrileno, a hearty stew that is not for the faint-hearted. The setting is ultra-traditional too, with a pillarbox red exterior. 

Food and drink: 

Okay, cocido madrileno.. What's it all about? It's made with chickpeas, ham, beef, chorizo sausage, cabbage, leeks, noodles and quite a few more things too. It's served in stages, in blackened earthenware pots. First you get the broth with vermicelli in it, then the various vegetables and then the meats and sausages. You either love it or hate it really.
But there are other things on offer too - such as oyster mushrooms sauteed with ham, scrambled eggs with green asparagus, salads, fish and shellfish, lamb chops and steaks. Oh, and lambs' brains fried in batter. Just saying...  

Ambience: 

You could only be in Madrid in here, although most of your fellow diners are likely to be tourists rather than locals,

Service: 

Usually pretty good, though can be a bit offhand sometimes.

Location: 

Hidden away up a quiet street very near the Encarnacion convent and an easy walk from the Royal Palace.

Price advice: 

You are likely to spend 25-35 euros a head. 

More information on La Bola:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Spanish, Traditional
Address:
Calle La Bola 5, Madrid, 28013
Telephone:
91 547 6930
Website:
http://www.labola.es
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 1pm-4pm, 8.30pm-11pm. Sun 1pm-4pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Cocido madrileno

Have you been to La Bola? Would you recommended it?