Popular with politicians and celebrities, this famous restaurant is owned by Lucio
Blasquéz, who also runs
Casa Lucio on Cava Baja. The signature dish at both is the simple, but sensational, huevos
rotos sobre patatas
—effectively egg and fries. As soon as you descend its staircase, covered in photos of famous
customers, head waiter Ángel González and his white-jacketed team let you know you are in for a great time. Settle in
for a long sharing lunch or dinner in the wood-paneled dining room: perhaps a plate of
jamón ibérico, wild asparagus

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and sliced tomatoes in olive oil, then the must-have
huevos rotos, followed by glorious sliced beef, red in the middle
and salty on top, with a bottle of the house Rioja. For dessert, it’s hard to resist the
arroz con leche—rice pudding
topped with cinnamon. If you've dined in some of Madrid's more precious restaurants, it may come as a pleasant surprise
that simple home cooking and courteous service can be so perfectly enjoyable.