Eating out while traveling is a treat. Since we stay in vacation rentals the majority of our meals are at home. Its much easier with kids since they can truly be picky about what they eat.
So when we do go out it has to be extra special. And normally we only go to traditional styled restaurants offering the most traditional and local cuisine of the area.
The one thing my husband stated emphatically when I decided on our visit to Spain was to eat the Paella whenever we do go out. Since the true source of Paella comes from Valencia, choosing restaurants that offered this dish without the proper roots made it a questionable choice.
That’s how I found La Barraca Restaurant in Madrid. And when I discovered that the restaurant was owned by a Valencia family that arrived to Madrid specifically in sharing true Paella with the madrileños since 1935 I knew I was on the right track.
We arrived to La Barraca for lunch. Spaniards love lunch. It is the most important meal of the day and is usually served around 1:30 – 2:30. Kind of a late meal for us North Americans.
La Barraca is more of an upper scale restaurant, yet casual for families with young kids to feel totally comfortable.
This was our first restaurant in Spain and, even though my husband had his heart set on Paella, I wanted to taste some of the other traditional dishes.
Traditional Spanish Food
Sangria – this to me is more of a class of its own. You can’t come to Spain and not drink Sangria.
Jamones Ibericos – this is the most typical dish there is. It is more of a starter dish with the finest, hand carved ham
Olives – this is without a doubt the most common finger food here and they olives are delicious
Bread – I know this isn’t really any specific dish – but OMG the bread here is so good.
Paella – of course we ordered the Paella, how can we not get the Spanish Arroces. We ordered the La Barraca Paella which is the restaurant’s signature dish.
The whole process of Paella is an amazing tradition to us. And watching them serve it and bring it over to us made it part of the meal itself.
Paella is usually for a minimum of two people up to as many as you want. But the smallest they make is for two.
Spanish Omelet – Tortilla Patata – Omelet with potato. My parents said this is a must to eat once we get to Spain and they were right. One thing, it is humongous. Honestly, this can fill you up completely, so order one so you can enjoy the other dishes.
Bon Bon – this isn’t really a dessert but a delicious coffee. I don’t drink any coffee, but who can pass up a name like that and also anything with condensed milk is my absolute weakness.
Three Chocolates – this delicious piece of pastry has three different chocolates sitting on top of cookie foundation. Needless to say, it was devoured in seconds.
Fun Facts About La Barraca Restaurant
- The restaurant has been owned by the Solis Family for three generations.
- It offers traditional food from Valencia.
- The rice they use is “Bomba” rice with OD. Calasparra and OD.
- The original Barraca – this typical dining room remains with the same Valencian decoration since 1935.
Information for Visiting La Barraca Restaurant
Address: Calle Reina, 29 Madrid
Phone: 91 532 71 54 / 664 215 103
Hours: Every day
de 13:30 a 16:15 h.
de 20:00 a 23:45 h.