La Bola

Address: Calle La Bola 5, Madrid, 28013, Spain
Telephone: 91 547 6930

- Mid-range

3.9

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
3.8
90%
Service
3.7
90%
Food and drink
3.8
90%
Value for money
4.1
90%
Ambience
3.9
90%
Location
4.3
90%

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. 

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • History

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