Craving a scrumptious tortilla? Good news! Madrid has some of the best in all of Spain!
When asked what they consider a typical Madrid dish, many people instantly think of the famous Spanish omelette. With so many places offering the delicious tortilla, it can be difficult to know where to find a really good version of it.
Luckily for you, we’ve made a list of the yummiest tortillas in Madrid that are sure to hit the spot, along with a quick run down of the history of this delicious dish. Visit any of the following restaurants, and we’re sure you’ll leave a happy (and full) customer.
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What is a Tortilla Española?
You can’t come to Spain without trying a tortilla, a deliciously simple dish, well-loved across the country. Those of you unfamiliar with Spanish cuisine may be picturing tacos, but a Spanish tortilla is a not a flatbread! You can’t use it to make a burrito (well, okay maybe you can, but it would get really messy).
The word tortilla means ‘little cake’ in Spanish, and is commonly referred to as a Spanish omelette in English. Traditionally, tortillas are filled with sliced or cubed potatoes, which resembles a layer of cake.
Spaniards’ love of the tortilla can get intense, and has incited some online clashes. Diehard tortilla purists, known as Sin Cebollistas, insist that a true tortilla española (Spanish omelette) should only contain eggs and potatoes. Their opponents, the Cebollistas find this definition to be too narrow, and argue for the inclusion of onions in the dish.
Then there are the radical tortilla enthusiasts. They enjoy their tortillas with a variety of ingredients, including delicious Spanish peppers, tuna and eggplants. Though it should be noted they usually do not contain all these ingredients at once, because that would be just crazy!
Hungry for a tortilla yet? Satisfy your cravings and stop by the following restaurants for the yummiest tortillas in Madrid.
Though located in one of the poshest neighbourhoods of Madrid, Casa Dani is not at all pretentious, located in one of the city’s oldest markets, Mercado de la Paz. It’s tiny bar is always filled with both businessmen and blue collar workers. It’s a very popular spot largely because they serve authentic Spanish dishes at great prices.
Address: Calle de Ayala, 28, inside the Mercado de Paz
Bar Docamar is a family run business that has been in operation for over 50 years. Though they are primarily known for serving one of the best patatas bravas* in town, their tortillas are just as delicious! Enjoy your tortilla with a a bit of their their famous salsa brava drizzled on top.
*Patatas bravas is another very popular Spanish favorite. It consists of fried potato wedges served with salsa brava, a spicy paprika-based sauce.
Address: Calle Alcalá, 337
Compared to its neighboring establishment the polished Mercado de San Miguel, Bar Cerveriz is small and nondescript. But bigger is not always better, and looks are certainly deceiving in this case because the food served here is everything good Spanish cuisine should be. The man behind the magic is Carlos, the Galician owner and chef who lovingly prepares all dishes to perfection.
Dine on their signature dishes (including their tortilla) with us when we make a stop at this traditional restaurant on our Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour.
Address: Plaza San Miguel, 2
Txirimiri (pronounced chi-ri-mi-ri) means ‘drizzling rain’ in Euskera, the native language in the Spanish province of Basque Country. Their menu reflects their heritage, offering modern Basque inspired cuisine like monkfish and prawn black lasaña served with coconut milk sauce. Opening their first restaurant in 2003, they have since opened at three more locations.
Be warned: Txirimiri is quite popular and can get very busy, however the wait is worth it!
Address: Calle Humilladero, 6 (La Latina Location)
Juana la Loca
This trendy tapas bar serves some truly creative dishes, so it isn’t surprising they’ve added a little twist to the classic tortilla. In addition to the two key ingredients, eggs and potatoes, their tortilla is filled with a wonderful confit of caramelized onions.
Address: Plaza Puerta de Moros, 4
If you like your eggs runny, be sure to try the award winning tortilla at Sylkar. They have yet to change their tortilla recipe since opening in 1970, and why would they? Their tortillas have won numerous contests and has been recognized by many as one of the best in the city.
Address: Espronceda 17, Madrid
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