Locals Only Madrid: More of the Best Patatas Bravas in Spain at Bar Docamar

Want a truly Spanish experience and a hefty portion of what some food and restaurant critics have claimed one of the best plates of patata bravas in Spain (you be the judge if they are better than Bar Tomás in Barcelona). Well get out of your barrio and head East, yes, you will have to leave the center of Madrid - but it will be worth it.

Since 1963 Bar Docamar has offered generous portions of traditional and typical Spanish menu and tapas offerings. While I can't promise you that you will be met with smiles and "of course, we'll prepare it as you like it," that's part of the charm of it being so authentic. Nobody comes to Spain expecting that service will be out of this world, and for that reason tips are often minimal - the waiters receive a fixed hourly salary - typically there is no reason for them to impress you at all, just simply serve the food. Knowing what you're walking into will help keep your expectations set, and allow the food to do the talking.

Docamar sits in the Plaza of Quintana in Madrid's Concepción neighborhood, only two more metro stops from the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas. 

Get ready for lots of tapas madrileñas. 

We started off with salmorejo, a refreshing Southern Spanish "soup" of sorts made from tomatoes and bread, and topped with jamón and hard boiled egg. 

The patatas bravas were what we came for, and they certainly are a specialty at Docamar, a restaurant that brings in some 2,000 kilos of potatoes per week. I had gotten wind of the establishment from José Carlos Capel's El Pais blog, where he mentions the best bravas in all of Spain. 

Typical Spanish bar with beer on tap, known as cañas

Not the star of the show according to our planned visit, but none the less a main event, la tortilla española was perfectly cooked, still a bit juicy in the center and the potatoes tender. Beside the portion was enormous - so much so that we had leftovers to take home. 

Breakfast, Lunch (13:30-16:00) and Dinner
Open from 8:00-24:00 Thursdays - Tuesdays. Closed Wednesdays. 
Calle de Alcala 337
28027 Madrid, Spain
Metro: Quintana

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