Welcome, ladies and gents to the first edition of #FridayFinds! So, I’ve been on the search for the best tortilla Española here in Madrid. And it’s a hard thing to find. Why? Well, for 2 reasons:
- SO MANY places make amazing tortilla de patatas, the arguably most “typical Spanish” dish of the country. Yes, more so than paella. (Fun fact: Tortilla is actually one of the only foods that is eaten religiously from north to south of the country! Hence, why it might be considered, the actual “dish” of Spain among many Spaniards.”)
- Everyone here in Spain has a different definition of what the “best” tortilla in the world is. And normally, it’s their grandma’s. And how their grandma makes it, is how they like it; that is, either poco cuajada (less cooked, gooey on the inside) or muy cuajada (more cooked, firm on the inside). The problem here? When you ask a local, “where can I get the best tortilla?” They’ll always tell you “la casa de mi abuela!” And what do I tell them? Unless your granny is inviting me over for a nice homemade tortilla, that ain’t helpin me (or my stomach).
So, because I am not fortunate enough to have my very own Spanish grandma at my hungry disposal, I took matters into my own hands. I figured out what my definition of “the best” tortilla is, by lots of trial, and little error. And in the end…
I ate this, and then fainted. (Well, not literally. But you guys know what I mean…) Tortillacoma.
Poco, poco, poco hecho. To the point where the outside is sturdy enough to hold together its circular form, but the inside is deliciously gooey, oozing with caramelized onions and sauteed chorizo. I am seriously about to faint just thinking about it…
Now, I just want to be clear with ya’ll. It’s not at all “traditional” as tortillas go. The super traditional tortilla is just potatoes, egg, and usually onion, cooked so that if you cut it, it holds together like a nice, purtyyy piece of pie. But if ya ask me, the girl without a granny, I say this is THE tortilla.
La Bobia also has killer mejillones (muscles), and croquettas. And don’t forget to order the house made sidra, ( a.k.a Asturian sider!)
FIND IT: La Bobia, Calle de San Millán, 3 (Right next to Metro La Latina)
Can’t get enough tortilla? Here’s 3 more of my fave tortilla spots:
El Buo, Calle Gravina, 4 (Chueca)
Bodega de la Ardosa, Calle Colón, 13 (Malasaña)
Juana la Loca (La Latina)