Food and drink
The thing I like about Juana la Loca is that a lot of work obviously goes into creating the food. Unlike a lot of tapas places I could mention, most of the dishes here are not something you could concoct yourself in 10 minutes when there isn’t much in the fridge. So what do I like? Well, the tortilla here is only vaguely eggy, really just a squidgy slab of caramelised onions. The crab tart with goats’ cheese and piquillo peppers is sublime. The oyster mushroom and truffle croquettes are a good thing to order while you’re deciding what else to have.
There’s good draught beer and wines by the glass if you don’t want a bottle.
Invariably packed with an interesting crowd. Lots of actors and media types. There's a particularly good vibe on Sunday afternoons after the Rastro flea market.
Friendly and helpful. Waiters continue to smile winningly even when you hum and hah over the menu for far longer than necessary.
One of Madrid’s medieval city gates used to stand just about here, but now the square absolutely buzzes at night.
Most of the tapas on display at the bar are around 4 euros each, including the tortilla. This is not cheap, but they are good. A lot of dishes are between 7 and 15 euros. We usually spend about 25 euros each here, sharing a few things and a bottle of wine.
Tables to book
As long as you don't mind a bit of jostling, it's livelier in the main bar area. If you want a bit of peace, ask for a table in the back room.
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