Madrid is much more than a capital city: it is an authentic place where traditions are respected and maintained. One of those timeless traditions, which always go down well and helps you to keep out the cold is a great dish of “cocido madrileño” (Madrid style stew). Nothing better than a good helping of stew to make you feel like new.
To go and try the Madrid style stew is in no way doubting the quality of those made by mothers and grandmothers in the privacy of their homes, but it is true that there are various restaurant where the stew is an authentic delicacy.
- Casa Lhardy: It is not the cheapest place but it is definitely one of the most exquisite. It has been operating for more than 170 years producing excellent “cocidos”. A meeting place and then lunch for well known figures of the business world. Casa Lhardy continues serving their “cocido” on silver trays and with the best service. The situation in the old town of Madrid does nothing but enhance this culinary experience.
- Taberna La Bola: Modernistic and open since 1807, la Taberna La Bola was the place where Alfonso XII and the Infanta Isabel (according to history) ate a traditional “cocido madrileno“. The “cocido” at La Bola is special and for that reason many people go to the restaurant every day. A curious fact about this restaurant is that they continue cooking the “cocido” in special individual clay dishes over a slow fire.
- La Gran Tasca: Situated in the neighbourhood of Chamberi, La Gran Tasca is known for the fact that everything in the interior is big. The stew is served, as is usual in Madrid, in two separate, very large dishes. Their stew is so exquisite that it will not surprise you to learn that the author, Manuel Vazquez Montalban mention it in the adventures of Detective Carvalho.
- La Cruz Blanca: Our last stop will take us to Vallecas, one of the most alive neighbourhoods in Madrid. A place where the La Cruz Blanca is renown for its “cocido” and their chef won the highly respected National Prize for Hospitality in 2015. If you like “cocido” with extra flavour and with products from Asturias then without a doubt this is the place for you.