Conde Nast Traveler recently came out with an article entitled, “In Madrid, Molecular Gastronomy Is Out. Comfort Food Is In.”The article states that, “After years of molecular gastronomy, with its flavored foams and vapors, Madrid’s food scene makes a U-turn to become the new capital of home-style Spanish cooking,” Cocidos (hearty meat stews), croquetas, heirloom vegetables and seafood, basically “dishes that a madrileñamother would serve to a lovesick son” are once again at the spotlight. The reason being that, they cite, “as economic indicators decline, comfort food makes a surge, providing solace during turbulent financial times.”
When I was in the Spanish capital earlier this year for Madrid Fusion, I had the opportunity to experience this beautiful home-style Spanish cooking the article was talking about in one go– by way of the Madrid Food Tour. I met co-director and tour guide James Blick at Madrid Fusion, and he invited me on the Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour.
Lasting a little over 4 hours and at €85/ head, it’s a walking tour that offers a glimpse into the history of Spanish cuisine by strolling through neighborhoods, stopping by local, off-the-beaten-path restaurants and even century-old bars, trying everything from pastries to tapas, while learning about the most important events in the evolution of Spanish food. There are 8 to 10 stops throughout the tour, with 12 food tastings and 3 traditional Spanish beverages (yes, alcohol)! Oh, and it also just happens to be ranked #1 on Trip Advisor for Things to Do in Madrid— voted no less by customers themselves! (Honestly, if you love to eat– and which human being doesn’t– you will enjoy this tour! Just do it!)
Here are some photos of what we saw– and ate! But just a few as there are some surprises along the way, and I don’t want to spoil them for you!
Speaking of the Royal Palace.. we were so lucky to have witnessed the changing of the guards, which only happens ONCE A MONTH! I tell you, right place, right time! Thanks, Madrid Food Tour! 😉
great gastro and eno tour indeed. im glad you enjoyed madrid and España.( viva espana, viva el rey!). as i my self did enjoyed it too.( 12yrs working as a chef).
but i think u missed something along the road..
The oldest restaurant in the world by the guiness book of world records. that happened to be just beside plaza mayor.( restaurante botin, 1725).
a must visit and try resto too. as it was an institution already when it comes to spanish heritage and castillian cuisine. not to mention the story it tells when ur inside the local. and the underground bodega of wine which used as a secret passage by the musketeers going to plazas along time ago.
great blog…great tour… great experience too.
Un saludo cordial, Chef Mike Alim
Thank you for writing! I did pass by it but didn’t have the time to try, what a pity! It’s very popular and hopefully when I go back to Madrid next time I will get the chance to