MADRID - LA CASA DEL ABUELO
LA CASA DEL ABUELO
A very traditional Madrileño shrimp tapas bar, founded in 1906 in the heart of the city. Nobody would think that over 100 years have passed since then, especially since nothing has changed. This is because it has passed through four generations of the same family who have kept it traditions and its authenticity.
They only serve all type of gambas and Langostinos.
A pinch of salt finishes the sizzling gambas al ajillo at La Casa del Abuelo tapas bar (Photo © Laura Green)
Gambas al ajillo (sizzling garlic prawns) You can see these being cooked by the door entrance. They are served with good bread to soak up the delicious garlic oil.
Gambas a la plancha (grilled prawns) The shells and paper napkins are traditionally tossed into troughs on the ground, don’t be shy, all the locals do it!
Langoustines a la plancha (grilled langoustines)
Langostinos con gabardina (deep fried battered langoustines)
Croquetas de Garrucha gamba rojo (Gurrucha red prawn croquettes)
Banderillas de langostino con mojo (skewers of langoustines with mayonnaise)
There is a good small wine list, although the star is their own Vino Tinto Dulce El Abuelo (DO Toro Crianza). Which is a sweet red wine they have made for over 100 years in their own Toro Vineyard. (It has a violet purple trim. Intense aromas with hints of ripe fruit, blackberry and bramble cermeños. Both elegant and fresh).
Cerveza (bottled beer) caña (draft beer) sangria and tinto de verano (half red wine / lemonade) also available.
There are two other bars in the same chain which although bigger and with a more varied menu don’t quite have the charm of this small original.
Can get very busy as it is on the tourist trail, so not particularly cheap, but there are always plenty of locals here.
LA CASA DEL ABUELO
Calle Victoria 12, 28012 Madrid, Spain
+34 91 521 23 19