If you’re a foodie and Mexican food is generally your most desired food to eat on this planet, then Madrid is the place for you (after Mexico). It may seem surprising, but the Spanish really work on perfecting the traditional dishes brought to you by their Latino amigos across the pond. Nachos, quesadillas, tacos… you may even sit back after taking a mouthful and believe you really are sitting in a Mexican tapas bar. So here are the best Mexican eateries I have come across since living here in Madrid.
Takos al Pastor, Calle de la Abada, 2, 28013
Fun and colourful, this place always has queues out the door. With tacos being served at just €1 each, you can understand the pure joy on people’s faces when they have a plate of 10 tacos arriving at their table. My favourites are the tinga de pollo and el suadero, although they also serve a variety of delicious cheesy quesadillas too. Pair your tacos nicely with a cold bottle of Sol.
La Mordida, Travesía Conde, 4, 28005
Treated to by a good friend, this is where I spent my 21st birthday lunch. Although again, very vibrant on the inside, we sat outside under a parasol while looking at the colourful menu. I chose the traditional chicken quesadilla and my vegetarian buddy the veggie fajitas. We started off the meal with nachos too, covered in cheese, guac and salsa. A great and refreshing drink to try is the chelada, which is a traditional Mexican beer (normally Pacífico) topped with lemonade. Traditionally Mexican and super tasty. Oh, and don’t forget the margaritas…
Taquería Mi Ciudad, Calle de las Fuentes, 11, 28013
On a boiling hot summer’s afternoon in July, I found myself wandering the streets that break off from the Puerta del Sol to find this little, and I mean tiny bar-restaurant that served really authentic tacos. As said before, I am one for the tinga de pollo, so I ordered that along with the carne con chilli y chocolate, flavours that happened to compliment each other perfectly. If you like heat even when it’s up in the late thirties during summertime in Madrid, then this is the taco bar for you!
Stay tuned for my next post all about my weekend getaway to Mallorca!