Do you know what is a tortilla de patata or Spanish omelette? Eggs, potatoes and onion. Nothing else. This simple recipe is fantastic. Its origin goes back to a war that took place in Spain in 1817. A poor family hosted a soldier in their home, but had no food to share apart from these three ingredients. So the family’s mother made this mix, trying to feed everybody. What a marvelous idea!
Since then, it has become the national plate, which you can find in every city or town, restaurant or typical bar and in every home around Spain. It is typical to eat a pincho (one portion) on the counter and an entire omelette if you are with friends or family. Here, we reveal the best places to eat tortilla de patata in Madrid.
Bodega La Ardosa: tortilla star
The tortilla de patatas served in La Ardosa is special. The woman that used to make it says: “the most important ingredient is to cook with love”. We don’t know if it is real, but her Spanish omelette was one of the best in the Omelette Championship 2009. She is an artist of this recipe. The place is authentically castizo, which means ‘old Madrilian style’, in fact, it was founded back in 1892. A long haul tavern.
– Address: Calle Colón, 13
– Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 8.30 am to 2.00 am. Saturday-Sunday: 11.45 am to 2.30 am
– Phone: (+34) 915 21 49 79
– Web: www.laardosa.es
– Price: 2,95 € (pincho)
– <M> Tribunal
Sylkar: hard to forget
In this place the Spanish omelette is meaty, little curdled and always with onion. It is possible to eat it with pisto -similar to the French ratatoille-, a combination that you cannot easily find in other restaurants, also with tuna or a la paisana –made with potatoes and vegetables like carrot or green beans and some cured ham or chorizo–. Hard to forget it anyway. Sylkar also participated in different competitions with its tortilla.
– Address: Calle Espronceda, 17
– Opening hours: From 8.00 am to 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm to 00.00 am. Closed on Sunday nights and Monday
– Phone: (+34) 915 545 703
– Price: 2,60 € (pincho)
– <M> Ríos Rosas
Juana la Loca: the most crunchy
The neighbourhood called La Latina is famous for its bars where you can taste all kind of Spanish tapas. Here, there is a place whose tortilla de patata is one of the best not just in the neighborhood, but maybe in the whole city: Juana la Loca. Its secret is the caramelized onion, not very curdled eggs and a crisp outside. Delightful.
– Address: Plaza de Puerta de Moros, 4
– Opening hours: Monday: 7.00 pm to 00.00 am. Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday: 1.00pm to 5.30 pm and 7.00 pm to 00.00 am. Thursday and Friday: 1.00 pm to 5.30 pm and 7.00pm to 1.00 am
– Phone: (+34) 913 640 525
– Price: 4 € (pincho)
– <M> La Latina
Las tortillas de Gabino: a different way
With seven different kinds of tortillas we can say that they are all really tasty. For example, there is one called Trufada, made with truffle, which is a delight; or another with potato chips and salmorejo –cold thick soup made with tomatoes, bread, olive oil, garlic, boiled egg and cured ham, typical in the South of Spain-; and a third one served with octopus Galician style. Incredible! Las tortillas de Gabino is a beautiful and modern restaurant where one can sit for a calm dinner. They make it easy to feel comfortable.
– Address: Rafael Calvo, 20
– Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 1.30 pm to 4.00pm and 9.00 pm to 11.30 pm Sunday: closed
– Phone: (+34) 913 197 505
– Web: www.lastortillasdegabino.com
– Price: Trufada, 14,50 €; chips & salmorejo, 10,50 €; with octopus Galician style, 11,50 €
– <M> Rubén Darío
La Catapa: a unique touch
Our most traditional cuisine is in this restaurant. When the season changes, the menu does as well. But the tortilla de patatas is always in. They serve it with green fried peppers, which is traditional in Spanish households but not in restaurants (and we don’t understand why). Madrilians say about this place: “you eat well and pay little, perfect!”. It is half-way between a tavern and a restaurant, with simple decoration but incredible plates.
– Address: Menorca, 14
– Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 11.30 am to 4.30 pm and 7.00 pm to 00.00 am
– Phone: (+34) 914 74 26 15
– Web: Facebook Profile
– Price: 2,50 € (pincho)
– <M> Ibiza