Food and drink
As well as the aforementioned egg and chips – which is regarded as a starter – the roast meats cooked on the wood-fired iron are really tasty and tender. If you are brave enough to try callos a la madrilena, the Madrid speciality of tripe stew (tastier than it sounds), this is a good place to do it. The capon in an almond sauce (capon en pepitoria) is a great traditional dish too. But just to be clear, Castilian food is not fancy, and may be too hearty for some tastes. It’s all about good quality ingredients that haven’t been mucked about with too much.
Classic Castilian, which means a lot of beams, dark wood furniture and no designer nonsense. The clientele is often quite glamorous. Look out for politicians, actors, writers and footballers.
The waiters really know their stuff, but may not be able to convey that in English.
On Cava Baja, where the medieval town wall used to be. Nowadays the narrow street is packed with a mix of traditional restaurants and gourmet tapas bars.
Main courses are around 20-27 euros. This is not a cheap option. For three courses with wine, you’re looking at around 50 euros each.
- Business travellers
- Celebrity spotting
- People watching
- Special occasions