FOOD IN MADRID
Having never been to Madrid, I had no expectations. However, the one thing I knew to expect was amazing food. The Spanish know what they're doing when it comes to food. Because I was so impressed, I thought I'd dedicate a separate blog post entirely to the food I tried there. We were only there for 3 days so I'm sure there's plenty more delicious spots! I'll start with brunch..
Federal is an Australian style brunch place with great food. I had the eggs florentine which were different to what I used to but I ended up really liking it. Denise had the eggs royale (they called it eggs benedict with salmon or ham) and we shared the pancakes which were so delicious! We were so full and skipped lunch. I paid around for €17 for my meal including the pancakes, coffee and OJ.
Frida had more of a Spanish vibe (they didn't speak English which is always a good sign that it's authentic) - amongst their extensive menu which also included lunch and dinner, they offered Latin eggs or the Frida eggs which I had. It was poached eggs on fried brioche bread with spinach and hollandaise (with optional salmon) - a unique twist on your classic eggs Florentine, so delicious! The interior was super cosy too. We were there at 11am on a Saturday so it was pretty empty as the Spanish tend to start their day (or at least their meals) later in the day. We were advised to reserve by our friend Adriana and it looked like every table had a reserved sign on it, so I would recommend doing this. Oh and did I mention they also have a super cute Instagram?! Check it out here.
We saved this until our last day because we were looking forward to it the most! We got there around 1pm on Sunday and there was a queue. We queued for around half an hour, but in good company and lovely weather, the time flew by and it was definitely worth the wait! They offer a deal where you can have a small yoghurt granola pot, a croissant, coffee, and avocado on toast with a poached egg and hollandaise for €10!! You can also order an extra mimosa for €2 ;) It comes out on a big sharing platter and they also have desserts. I had the banana bread with ice cream, Denise had the chocolate pistachio mousse and Adriana had the brownie with ice cream. We all tried each others and they were all delicious!! I paid €15 for everything all together which was such good value as all of it would 100% cost a lot more in London. I think it was my favourite out of the 3, it was so different and cute inside and the food was so tasty!
Now onto dinner & lunch.
This was our first dinner out recommended by Adriana (our friend we visited in Madrid) and I was highly impressed. They really set the bar high with the tapas dishes. We shared patatas bravas, fried calamari, goats cheese & peppers on toast (my fave), vegetable tempura, burrata and tomato and cooked fish with crunchy potatoes. For dessert I had the dulche de leche crepes and Denise had the mango yoghurt which were both delicious. I'm a sucker for dulche de leche, drooling just thinking about it! We paid €26 each for all of the food which was amazing value! If we were staying for longer I would've definitely returned here. I was too busy enjoying the food to take photos!
I went to Bacoa in Barcelona (check my Barcelona food blog here) and I absolutely loved it. I love the veggie burger and the fact you can have patatas bravas with your burger and also Tinto de Verano (a traditional Spanish drink, similar to sangria) - it's shake shack style as you place your order and wait for your beeper to vibrate. Denise is veggie and loved it too! They of course have lots of meat burgers as well :)
Mercado de San Miguel is a must for traditional Spanish tapas! It's an indoor food market with different vendors selling loads of tapas such as croquettes, seafood, omelettes and cheese, as well as desserts too. It was really cheap and delicious and I love that you could mix and match and try lots of small things from different places. It does get quite busy and remember to bring cash! It reminded me of borough market but Spanish :)
I passed this patisserie by chance and it looked so gorgeous, I just had to go inside! Everything looked delicious! It looked expensive too but I didn't care. They didn't speak English so I just picked what I thought looked good and also asked for a recommendation of biscuits I could take back to my family as a gift, and whatever they recommended was really really good. Their Instagram will have you drooling!
Let me know what places I missed out, and maybe I can go back and try them! :)
Hope you enjoyed reading and didn't get too hungry..