Restaurante Marsot – Typically Fine Family Fare

Chueca, Eating out & Madrid Restaurants, Great Lunch, Traditional

by Ben Curtis

Restaurante Marsot

Will places like this still exist in 10, 20 or 30 years time? Family run, a little rough round the edges, good old-fashioned food – already these ‘typical’ mesones are increasingly rare in Madrid, and you’ll have to get here early (pre-2pm) or late (post-3pm) to get a seat on a weekday lunchtime. The 10 Euro menu del dia is so Castillian that you know what the deserts are even before they run through them at the end of the meal – Arroz con Leche, Flan, Natillas, Cuajada – mostly homemade, all delicious. Before that you’ll get the staple platos de cucharra (first courses you eat with a spoon – lentils, sopa castellana, potaje), followed by big slabs of meat and fish, all washed down with good, cheap red wine.

If you know of any other ‘typically Spanish’ places to get a good old fashioned menu del dia in Madrid, please let us know. Places as good as this are a dying breed, and they need all the support they can get. Trendy new eateries and franchises are already sweeping through the city like wildfire, and it may not be long until the only place you can get good home cooked food is, god forbid, at home!

Restaurante Marsot is (hopefully still!) in Chueca at Calle Pelayo, 6 (map)


Comment from MATRITENSIS
Date: February 20, 2007, 4:19 pm

My favorite place to eat typical food from Madrid (cocido) is La Bola, a nice and traditional restaurant.

La Bola (since 1870)
c/ Bola, Nº 5

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Comment from jules
Date: February 20, 2007, 8:39 pm

This sounds tremendous. Its info like this that’s so useful because sometimes Its all too easy to walk past a good place because it looks “a little rough round the edges”.

Comment from ben
Date: February 21, 2007, 12:17 am

Thanks for the tip MADRITENSIS. Jules, ‘rough round the edges’ is often an indication of a secret gem in Spain, whether in Madrid or beyond. Always worth a try!