I had the cocido for lunch. It was the first time that I had eaten cocido and really enjoyed it. Both the food and the service were top notch. As others have noted, they serve you a lot more food than you can possibly eat. Most people would be fine with a half order. I also liked the ambience... read more
Located in the most typical area of Madrid next to Plaza de Cascorro...
Located in the most typical area of Madrid next to Plaza de Cascorro, this tavern founded in 1895 continues the tradition of cuisine in its fourth generation.
The “Cocido Madrileno” is the hallmark of our house, for it enjoys an excellent reputation. It's long, rich and generous. Served in three times, we make it with best quality ingredients cooked in traditional style, to extract the best flavors and make a unique dining experience..
For those who prefer to enjoy an aperitif in the bar, we offer a wide variety of tastings - of “Cocido” and other delicacies- rations and even toasts as accompaniment to any snack. And of course, soup, essential.
In addition, Thursday and Friday we open for dinner at an exceptional atmosphere. For this we have prepared an special Menu that will delight the most discerning palate. This includes “Cocido”, served with the same care.
To achieve an excellent marriage we have prepared a complete wine list, with a wide variety of choices for all tastes. Likewise, for the desktop, we also have gins letter that includes the most recognized brands worldwide.
Small, lively and anxious to succeed, Julian Diaz arrives in Madrid in 1893, from Horcajo de Santiago (Cuenca) to stay with some acquaintances who run a small drinks business, to work as a delivery boy.
In 1895, after two years, he considers himself ready to be independent and starts a shop in a cul-de-sac in Ruda street number 5, where there is no water or gas light. Oil lamps illuminate the small wine shop which opens its doors at six in the morning, its "customers" being, bakers, drapers, bricklayers... who drink small glasses of herbs and lemon liquor, and the "soft" one.
Already married to Maria, the woman who gave him 12 children, only two were male, he continues his small business with success which was already known to "the girls", women who, due to the number, live and run it there.
A poor man, whose only obsession was his guitar, used to visit the place almost every day. He was known as Malacatin and the staff and the owner of the premises liked him a lot.
The beggar only had in his repertoire one simple melody:
"Tin, tin, tin, Malacatin tin,tin,tin" but with which he managed to get his little glasses of wine from Mr Julian who then went to be known as Julian of Malacatin.
The years passed, until Mr Julian transferred the business to his youngest daughter, Florita, who after been married to Isidro, decided to give their business a commercial name; and what better name than the one of that beggar and his familiar history: Malacatin.
It is the nineteen fifties and this couple from Madrid and Leon decide to improve their business, adding to the wines and glasses of liquor, fried food and later cooked food.
With this cooking they took chickpea stew to its highest level, with which now his daughter Conchi and grandson Jose Alberto triumph after 120 years since the tavern of Mr Julian was established, always treating their customers with familiarity and pleasantness in the same way as the beggar Malacatin was treated.