Since moving a bit further out of the city centre, it’s been fascinating to discover places that have even more of a local feel than those in the centre do. Only two stops beyond the bullring at Ventas there is an amazing neighbourhood bar, called Docamar. It’s a family-run business, and was named after the family patriarch Donato Cabrera Martinez, when it was opened in 1963.
Their speciality is the patatas bravas, which many say are the best in Madrid. In fact, people around here refer to the bar simply as ‘the bravas place’. If you order bravas, it’s served with a bottle of hot sauce – I can guarantee you’ll be asking for more of their mouth-watering concoction!
They have a wide selection of all the traditional Spanish dishes, but my favourites (apart from the bravas) are the goat’s cheese salad and the tiger mussels. The dessert choice is limited, but for me that’s a sign that the quality is high – and it is. I think the flan de queso is one of my all time favourite desserts in Madrid! The first wine on their list of reds, the cariñena legítimo, at € 1.45 is a bargain.
On the walls, there are many fascinating photos of this area of Madrid throughout history.