Si, Señor! They do serve CRISPY PATA in España. Anyone with a drop of Filipino blood would have a tough job passing up this chance to savour crunchy, crispy pata. And con arroz! Each order is good for 3 pax. Maybe even 4 because very likely, you'd order other Filipino favorites too.
We could have ordered more but chose instead to save the other favorites for next visit. How could I have missed this place? EL CAVVALEN is right along Calle Bordaderos, 2. Just a skip and a hop from Chocolateria de San Gines and Iglesia de San Gines.
I'm sure Filipinos visiting Plaza Mayor dropped in for the famous churros con chocolate in San Gines. I suggest you have those for breakfast, then roam around Plaza Mayor and nearby sites (Almudena Catedral, Palacio Real, Opera) then walk back towards Puerta del Sol via Calle Mayor.
The Filipino owners hail from CAVite and VALENzuela, Bulacan but called Madrid their home the last 30+ years. Filipinos based in Europe visiting Madrid and Filipino tourists longing for homecooked Pinoy food would feel at home here.
El Cavvalen is also available as a party venue for birthdays and other special celebrations. The basement is good for 30pax, maybe more. A karaoke screen is guaranteed to make for a lively party.
Me? I'm sure to be back for their dinuguan, lechon paksiw, bopis, sinigang, kare2, palabok, halo-halo. Their reasonably-priced 7€ set meals are definitely cheaper than the menu del dia offered elsewhere. Reserve your parties here. And do pass the word, ok?
(Disclaimer: This is NOT a paid advert. Just ramblings of a satisfied diner)