Desde 1942. Since 1942. So they must know what they're doing. Thanks to Jaime, I had a wonderful cocido madrileño in this place just a block away from our Madrid nest.
Cocido Madrileño. This very traditional chickpea-based stew is a complete meal by itself. Best shared unless you have a very very big appetite. Starts with a soup made from the broth of all those meat ingredients with some noodles added in.
The flavors from all that pork belly, chicken, chorizo, morcilla, beef shank, ham bone, best complement the garbanzos or chick peas, potatoes, carrots, turnips and cabbage.
You can start by digging into that bone marrow to spread on your bread. Sprinkled with some salt, it's both sinful and heavenly.
You can request for a 2nd bowl of the savoury tomato sauce to slather all over your cocido. Just yummy. After the soup you may start with the vegetables, and then the meat. But it's fine to eat them together, topped with tomato sauce.
Don't be shy to have the leftovers wrapped para llevar. They make good ropa vieja by just stirring in more garlic and onions, then mixing in the tomato sauce a la our very own pochero.
La Gran Tasca can be found in Santa Engracia, 161. Tel #s 91 534 46 34 . The red line to Rios Rosas or Cuatro Caminos bring you just a block away.
For more details and photos on my food and other discoveries in Madrid (and elsewhere), do check out my lifeisacelebration site. Buen provecho!