When you visit a country or city, it’s a given that you should try their most traditional or typical dishes. Madrid is no different, and here is our list of foods you have to try when you’re over here. Luckily this city is full of great places to go to, from traditional restaurants that haven’t changed in decades, preserving an authentic feel throughout the years, and giving you an insight in how the spaniards have lived over the years, to more modern places, implementing a more modern take on these classics, loved by so many.
The “Spanish Omelette” is a staple of Madrid and Spanish Cuisine. Similar to cheese to the French, some people like it runny, other firm, some cold, most hot, other like it for breakfast, some for lunch, even some for dinner. It’s a dish that is consumed daily in most people’s cases. So it’s something you just have to try. Traditionalist will mainly offer you one of two options, with or without onions. However you can find some refreshing takes on it.
Although the origin is debated to come from the Canary Islands, this is a very common and much loved dish in Madrid. Consisting of a bed of potatoes and ham, covered with a runny egg which pours over the other ingredients as you pierce the yolk. This is simple, but extremely tasty and filling.
3.Bocadillo de Calamares
Fried squid between two slices of Baguette.. Anywhere else in the world and this would sound like you shouldn’t be in the kitchen. Surprisingly however, this beloved Madrid snack is very popular and also tasty. Once you get over the premise, this might become a snack you indulge in from time to time, believe me, it’s happened to us.
4.Churros con Chocolate
Probably one of the unhealthiest breakfasts you can have, this fried-dough pastry is popular amongst the elder generations a morning meal, and to the younger generation, an early-morning, post party pick-up. It is usually dipped in chocolate (tell your personal trainer to look away)
Although originally from France, this recipe has morphed as countries have adopted their own take on it.
Spain is a country that is now known for it’s croquetas, and Madrid offers some of the best in the country. From mushroom fillings, to bacon, to cream and even pig cheek, you’re bound to find your favourite tasting one.
If there is one dish we would advise to avoid is the Paella, as this is not a local dish (for that you should go to Valencia). You’ll probably end up in a tourist trap, with expensive and tasteless rice.