Casa Alvarez Madrid

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Casa Alvarez – Cocido, Madrid’s best loved dish

The time has come, dear travellers, to talk about cocido, or to be more precise, cocido Madrileño completo. The Full Cocido (pronounced co -thee -dough). It’s Madrid’s most typical dish and you should try it, if only to say that you have!

Madrid’s most traditional restaurants offer it one day a week only, which increases its mystique. Don’t despair – you needn’t roam the city looking for it! In Casa Alvarez, you lucky omnivores can enjoy it any day of the week! Except Wednesdays – that’s their day off.

So what is it? Cabbage, carrots, potatoes, chick peas and onions stewed together with various nourishing meaty treats – chorizo, tocino (don’t ask), black pudding, ham and chicken. Spanish Irish stew if you will.

Eating cocido involves some ceremony so here comes the fun part. First they bring you a bowl of cooked vermicelli pasta, then the water everything has been stewed in is poured on top. And there you have your first course – soup. Once you polish that off, the veggies and meat are tipped out onto your plate – they have been kept warm in the dinky lidded earthenware pot that everything was cooked in. It’s a lot of food, so come hungry.

There many other great Spanish mainstays to have at Casa Alvarez if cocido doesn’t appeal; top tip – Sunday is the best day for spotting locals, and you can visit the Rastro (a huge Sunday open air market) before lunch to work up your appetite.

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Calle de López Silva 10, Madrid

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Opening Times

Mon - Tue & Thu - Fri 08:00 - 21:00, Sat - Sun 07:30 - 18:00


Cocido completo: € 12.80

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)