With its totally rustic interior decor, this popular restaurant is reminiscent of traditional Asturian cider bars in northern Spain. The menu is ... More
With its totally rustic interior decor, this popular restaurant is reminiscent of traditional Asturian cider bars in northern Spain. The menu is sensibly limited to just a few tried and tested favourites that everyone likes, and they are produced with care and attention. Try the succulent roast chicken, the crusty empanadas (meat and fish pies), the hearty Spanish omelette or the spicy chorizo sausage cooked in cider. To drink, there is just fresh cider. Prices are reasonable and it attracts lots of ordinary people who don't want to spend too much, as well as a fair sprinkling of tourists who have read or heard about the place. Head for the large outdoor terrace in summertime.
I have been here several times and it never gets old. The food is simple but very tasty, not expensive and you can't beat the atmosphere. Go with a big group of people to have the most fun...or be prepared to share a big table with others. That's just the way they do it. Oh, and your server will likely tell you what you want to eat if you've never been. Go with the flow. You won't be disappointed!!
The chicken is amazing. The chorizo cookes in cider is an excellent side to the chicken as well. The fact that your salad comes in an aluminum container covered in plastic is a non-issue, because generally salads like these in Spain are not a high art form anyway. Service is professional, and the interior of this place is like a time-warp to an earlier time. This restaurant also seems to attract all types of clientele from every walk of life, which in current day Europe is a nice thing.
I am currently living in Madrid and this place is a must go for all tourists. You have to try the Asturian Cider and the cider spanish sausagges. Everything on the menu is excellent, the waiters are nice and funny if you are the funny type, if not, very respectful. You can't eat, and feel better for the price. Now during the summer, have the summer cinema very close by, and the chapel of San Antonio de la Florida in which you can see Goya's Frescos. You won't regret it, go try it.
My friends and I visited La Casa Mingo, recommended by our Spanish teacher, during a whirlwind trip to Spain this past summer. The chicken was amazing! It was hot and juicy, slowly roasted for hours.
During this time, there was a local festival, and many of the Madrillenos were in their native clothing, which added to the ambiance. They also have amazing outdoor seating. It took us a while to realize that you had to walk to the back of the restaurant to eat upstairs or on the outdoor patio.
I recommend splitting one of the chicken platters with another person; the portions are huge!
While I studied abroad in Madrid, a professor recommended this place to us and we loved it. The chicken is unique in taste and "La Cidra" (cider) is really good as well. The price is reasonable and it is well worth the wait if there is one.
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