Madrid is a city capable of endlessly surprising its visitors. One of the most important, is its delicious regional gastronomy, where you can find heavy stews, as well as fried dishes that impregnate with their smell all the bars and restaurants in the city.
Probably, the most well known typical dish from Madrid is the famous cocido madrileño, a great recipe to fight the cold from the winter months. This traditional dish is made up of three parts, and they are served separately, the soup, the chickpeas and the meat. The soup comes with cabbage, potatoes, carrots and regarding the meat, there is usually bacon, chorizo sausages, beef or chicken. If you would like to try a good cocido madrileño, you should visit the restaurant Lhardy (Carrera de San Jeronimo, 8), located close to the Puerta del Sol.
Another important dish of the region is the garlic soup, which has as main ingredients bread, garlic, peppers, eggs, oil and salt. This delicious recipe is also perfect for the colder months of the year. You can enjoy some good garlic soups in the historic restaurant La Bola (C /La Bola, 5), close to the near the Royal Palace.
Callos a la Madrileña is another dish that you must try as it is one of the most traditional dishes in Madrid. Its strong flavour is a characteristic, “callos” are made with the leg, nose, intestines, and other parts of the cow and lamb. An excellent place where to try them is the San Mames restaurant (C/Bravo Murillo, 88)
Although its preparation does not require as much as the previous elaborations, one of the most typical dishes from Madrid’s gastronomy is the famous squid sandwich, or bocadillo de calamares. This traditional food is very common in areas like the Plaza Mayor where most of the bars include it in their menu.
Don’t miss the opportunity to try the famous “huevos estrellados” (fried eggs), prepared with a layer of fried potatoes with jamon Serrano, chorizo or chistora (spiced sausages), over which several eggs are placed. The restaurant Casa Lucio (C/Cava Baja, 35) is famous for making the best huevos estrellados in Madrid.