Food and drink
Huevos rotos – egg and chips – is the signature dish here, as it is in Casa Lucio. I don’t know why it’s somehow more than the sum of its limited parts, it just is. You can order it with ham or pisto (similar to ratatouille) too. Also delicious is the slow-cooked Iberian pork cheeks with apricot sauce. I love the crisp aubergines in batter with salmorejo (like a thick gazpacho). If you sit at a table, you can either share things or order your own favourites – the food lends itself to both. There is a good range of wines by the glass.
Informal atmosphere. Always busy with people of all ages, locals and visitors. Book one of the tables in the attractive dining room at the back for the full experience.
Professional but not stuffy.
On Cava Baja, in the heart of medieval Madrid, with lots more bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity.
Rather than a tapa, the food is served as a racion, which is a larger portion, and priced accordingly. Egg and chips is 8.50 euros, and a euro or two more with different toppings. The aubergines are 7.90 euros. Most of the raciones are between 8 and 20 euros. Wines by the glass are between 2-4 euros. So pop in for one dish and a beer or a glass of wine, and you’ll spend 10-12 euros. Sit down for three courses and a good bottle of wine and you’re talking more like 30-35 euros.
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Celebrity spotting