Are you unsure of where to go to try some of the best tortilla española? To help you out, we have chosen our top 5 places to eat the famous tortilla here in Madrid. But first, a little information about tortilla and an astonishing fun fact!
The traditional tortilla is served either hot or cold and consists of egg and potatoes. Adding onions to them is a question of personal taste and causes a lot of controversy! There are regional variations of tortilla and are also now many places where you can try many different flavours. Just some of the many ingredients that can be added to a tortilla include: chorizo, mushrooms, goats cheese, caramelized onions or peppers!
TOP 5 PLACES TO EAT TORTILLA:
- Pez Tortilla (Calle del Pez, 36)
This is a buzzing, small, local hotspot with ´´buen rollo´´ (good vibes) where you can find many different types of tortilla in Malasaña. It is usually very busy so it´s hard to get a table but most people stand. The flavours are exciting and different. Along with the many tortillas, there are also unique flavours of croquettes and artisanal beer. It is 3 euros for a generous slice of tortilla with bread.
- Sylkar (Espronceda, 17)
If you like your tortilla runny, then Sylkar is the place to go – with their award winning tortilla! The still use the same recipe as they did in 1970… so it be really good! Their tortilla is recognized as one of the best in the city.
- La Buha (Calle de Gravina, Plaza de Chueca, 6) / (Plaza de la Cebada, 10)
There are two La Buha´s (Chueca and La Latina). Both have enormous tortillas weighing a kilo. If you ask any local person, they will undoubtedly tell you to go to this restaurant and try the filled tortillas. Make sure you go on an empty stomach as the portions are very generous! If La Buha is busy, fear not because it has another restaurant called El Buo (Chueca and La Latina).
- Casa Dani (Calle de Ayala, 28)
Although in one of the smartest neighbourhoods in Madrid, Salamanca, it nevertheless offers authentic Spanish tapas for great prices. It is located in a market, Mercado de la Paz. You can have the tortilla here with or without onion, pleasing both crowds!
- Juana La Loca Pintxos Bar (Plaza de Puerta de Moros, 4)
This is a cool tapas bar in La Latina with a great reputation. Although it is not the cheapest, it is still a very popular place to go. It has taken the traditional Spanish tortilla and added a little twist to it – they fill their tortillas with caramelized onions. If you are looking for a tapas bar for a nicer occasion then what´s not to like!
Make your own tortilla!
If you are feeling adventurous and want to try making a Spanish tortilla yourself, here is a step-by-step recipe to have you feeling like a native in no time!