Want to know where to eat further afield in Madrid? Read on…
Austrian fare with juicy rotisserie chickens, piquant cabrales cheese and house cider
Dark wood and barrel-lined Casa Mingo opened in 1888 and claims to be the oldest running sidrería (cider restaurant) in Spain. The food is simple and tasty and there’s only three things you need order. A succulent rotisserie chicken (one between two or three), a slab of pungent cabrales cheese and perhaps a chorizo or two to share. Make that four things. Get a bottle of the the restaurant’s own cider. Made from Asturian apples it comes bone dry (natural) or sweet (dulce). And if you’ve never poured cider before, ask the waiter for a demo (don’t worry, everyone gets wet). Before tucking in, check out the church of St Anthony alongside. Gorgeous Goya frescoes decorate the dome and the great artist is buried (sans head) below the floor.
With walls of marble and glass, a corner TV buzzing and a posse of quick and quiet old-man waiters – this place is classic Madrid. It’s also one of the best marisquerías, or shellfish bars I know. Order raciones to share, starting with the berberechos (cockles with garlic and parsley), gambas al ajillo (flash fried shrimps with garlic and chilli) and patatas bravas (the homemade piquant sauce is outstanding). And if you’ve still got room, just keep on going. Or cut to the chase – €55 will get you a parrillada (seafood platter) for two with a crisp bottle of vino blanco. While Dueñas may lie south of the beaten path, it’s only fifteen minutes by metro from Sol. And once you’ve gorged, cross the road and bend your mind in the Matadero’s abattoir-cum-modern art centre or walk it all off along the recently refurbished riverside.
Paseo de la Delicias, 145, 28045
915 306 497
Metro: Legazpi (line 3)