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September 28, 2019

Restaurant: Las Bravas , Madrid!

So, therefore, after posting about the monuments and sights of my beloved Madrid will go into the places of shopping and restaurant with a series Restaurant: XXX Madrid or Shopping: XXX Madrid. Hope you enjoy them and do try them when visiting Madrid the food and shopping is an experience to behold in lovely Madrid. For lack of creativity ,I will copy this first paragraph into the subsequents posts! ::)

Ok this one was a first. I have been several times by this neighborhood but never got into this restaurant. It must be the multitude of choices that is hard to visit them all lol! However, it was a pleasant surprise and we enjoy coming here at Las Bravas! Even thus i know why not been before, in the competition for the patatas bravas I have my old neighborhood one as the best!

Las Bravas is a bar with a solera of more than 80 years whose specialty is white potatoes, made with a slightly spicy artisan sauce as patatas bravas, very popular in the city. The prices are popular, just over 4 euros one of bravas in bar in 2019. Something can vary if they are served on the terrace of the Pasaje de Matheu.


Las Bravas have three location, the oldest at calle de Álvarez Gato, 3 , the Pasaje de Matheu, 5 (where we went this time) , and Calle de  Espoz y Mina, 13. This is a small family business turned into a mini-chain of taverns in the heart of the city. It’s specialty is the ration of potatoes with a genuine and original brave sauce that does not bite too much, patented in 1960 . It is mandatory to order bread and share the dish! . Although it has three stores, the most famous is that of Álvarez Gato for the concave and convex mirrors cited by Valle-Inclán in the play Luces de Bohemia or Bohemiann lights.


The first to open in 1933 was that of the Calle de Álvarez Gato, known for the concave and convex mirrors that inspired Valle-Inclán in his eerie work  Luces de Bohemia or Bohemian Lights. Today those mirrors still exist next to the shop windows.  And in 1963 the second store on Calle de Espoz y Mina was opened, about forty meters from the previous one. Both very close to the Plaza de Santa Ana.  Eleven years later, the third was opened in the Pasaje de Matheu, the closest to the Puerta del Sol. It has an outdoor terrace where it is a pleasure to take some bravas with a caña (glass of cold beer)! And we were here!!!


The premises of Las Bravas are at the core of populous streets and full of bars that are located between the Puerta del Sol and the neighborhood of Barrio de las Letras. I say by the thousands lol!

We have not tried of course but now ;it is also possible to take packaged food to eat in the street, at home or in the hotel. It is a slightly cheaper way of eating the same. The sauce is packaged separately to pour over the potatoes or whatever has been ordered. This allows to heat the product and the sauce to taste.

Everything influences at the time of its elaboration: the cut of the potato, the temperature of the oil or the point of the sauce, which regardless of its flavor, color and texture, is made with flour, onion and paprika or with a stir-fry Tomato and paprika as a base. Even so, there are many places that also bet on their mixed version, with mayonnaise or accompanying aioli. Both options are always a safe bet. Buen provecho!!!

The official webpage: Official Las Bravas

You will have a great time here, very local lots of conversation, friendly service and good prices to enjoy the best of the Spanish cuisine; Las Bravas is it as in Madrid!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!



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