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Tortillas Time: Best Spanish tapas in Madrid

A wedge of tortilla, served hot or cold, is a great, comforting expression of Spanish tapas

If you're looking to enjoy the best Spanish tapas Madrid has to offer, look no further. We've found the best restaurants and bars that will have you feeling like a local while savouring the most exquisite meal.

Coque

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A 40-minute taxi ride outside Madrid, you can experience exquisite food by the chef who made the world’s most expensive Spanish tortilla for 837 euros a serving last year. Coque is a unique futuristic restaurant working with ‘Gastroscience:’ flavour harmony combined with functional culinary techniques. Why the steep price for some eggs and tatties? Aside from the fact that chef Max Madera’s tortilla to reckon with all others was a charity initiative with proceeds going to Fundación Raíces, the La Bonnotte potatoes hailed from the French island of Noirmoutier and are exclusive because they are almost extinct. Algae and seaweed in the soil give the potato, and indeed this tortilla, its earthy and salty zing. www.restaurantecoque.com

Bar Tomate

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Busying away in the Chamberí neighbourhood of Madrid, this bar boasts an award-winning tortilla: Pincho de tortilla de Senén. Great for the early birds (open from 8.30am in the morning – and, yes, tortilla is an acceptable breakfast choice) there is a comforting wood stove on display, and they serve food all day. It’s pleasantly decorated, service is good and the location great, near Plaza de Colón. For late-night tortilla cravers, there is also a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights until 2am.

Related. A brief history of Spanish tapas

Bodega Ardosa

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Some local haunts need no introduction. Bodega Ardosa would be many locals’ tortilla recommendation without a second thought. With its welcoming open façade, this age-old Madrid institution was also the first to sell Stout Guinness in Madrid. Angel Monje and his mother are the team behind the award-winning pinxo of tortilla, the secret of which reputedly lies in the high quality of the onions employed. A very authentic venue, with vermouth barrels upon which to lean and rest one’s weary glass. www.laardosa.es

1 Coque
2 Bar Tomate
3 La Ardosa