La Merced is a restaurant you won’t believe exists in a neighbourhood like Vallecas with -almost- zero touristic interest. Unless you’re hunting graffiti; there are a few nice murals in the area. But talking about food, most of the places have no interest at all except for La Merced and Mesón del Tío Aquilino, both with more than 30 years of history and both offering a totally different gastronomic offer.
A temple of good food is the best way to define this restaurant, they only cook with the best products money can buy and their attention to detail is just unbelievable, their service is always way above the average. Listening to the owner sing what dishes are available every day is magical.
When I go to La Merced I don’t waste a minute reading the menu, I only tell them if I want meat, fish or seafood and I let them surprise me. The only thing you must order if they are available are their confit artichokes, I never had them better than here in my life.