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“Another hidden gem in Madrid” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Malacatin

Malacatin
Ranked #179 of 10,451 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $1,085
Cuisines: Spanish, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: La Latina
Description: 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. Our history 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.
Bern, Switzerland
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Another hidden gem in Madrid”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

This was a really good restaurant. The decore of the restaurant is very nice and you really feel the history here as the restaurant is open since 1895! The staff are extremely helpful, and the food is really tasty. You can choose between ordering from the menu or getting a soup, a starter, 3 main dished of pork, chicken and beef to share if you're many and in that case pay 20 euros per person. Anyways, we paid around 50 euros for 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 desserts and it was great value for money. i would definetly go there again.

Word of caution: They are only open for dinner on Thursdays and Fridays so be sure to reserve well in advance. Otherwise, they are open daily for lunch with the same menu.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank cosmogeoman
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Frankfurt, Germany
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“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

We found this restaurant by chance, walking the streets near our hotel reading menus outside restaurants. The menu looked far more interesting than any others so we went in, not knowing what a treat we had in store. The space is stylish and distinctive, designed with appealing creativity. It is small enough to feel cozy but large enough to feel comfortable. The manager and staff couldn’t have been nicer, were welcoming, friendly and professional. The food was imaginative and utterly delicious, the work of a talented chef. A delicious dining experience, full of pleasure.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank helena r
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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187 reviews
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“Great Service with a few Gimmicks - Too much Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

This traditional restaurant lies in, what appeared to be, a "bohemian" part of central Madrid. The service was very good and we opted for the traditional set menu. The food was interesting but did not light up the taste buds. We were given a paper bib each and presented with enough food to feed six people very well. This included bread, soup, chickpeas, potatoes, pork fat, half a chicken, knuckle of pork, ham shank, beef and two large sausages. The volume of food dampened our appetite and while I understand the attraction of eating traditional "peasant" food, the experience was more interesting than enjoyable. Not really to our taste.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Alan D
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Madrid
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94 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Best Cocido in Madrid”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

The Cocido Madrileño, is a typical old dish of Madrid, made by boiling different kind of meats and serving them with chickpeas. If you like the idea and want to taste the best cocido you can find, this is the place to go!!! The experience, the location, the food, the staff, everything is amazing, and will somehow bring you back many years, to the old Madrid. Prices are very reasonable! It is fundamental to book, at times even weeks in advance. If you are late, give it a try, you may be lucky!!!! Highy recommend this restaurant, but only if you like this kind of food, because it's their main speciality that differentiates them from the rest!!!! ENJOY!!!

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Campinas, SP
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“Interesting experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

Being to Malacatin was pretty much a nice experience, but that was not best meal of our lives. Me and my wife love to know the local food and restaurants everywhere we go, this was the reason we chose Malacatin for dinner. There are good wines at reasonable prices. The staff is amazing, explain everything that is served, what at least for me was absolutly necessary, once I had never seen or eaten some of the dishes before. We went for the Checkpea Stew, which is a kind of sample menu. For us, It tasted exactly like It looks (check the pictures), a bit weird. I guess that was the food people used to eat in the past, cause I didn't see anything like that during our stay in Madrid. Of course, It was our opinion, and many disagree, as seen on the reviews. But I defenitly think it's worth the visit. You must respect an over 100 years tradition.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Marcelo85
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