La Bola Taberna
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Holding court on a quiet backstreet, this dignified, classic Madrid restaurant is considered by many to be the home of 'cocido', the huge and hearty stew lifelong Madrid residents love and a test for the biggest of appetites. La Bola is still run by the same family that founded it in the 19th century, and the 'cocido' (which is only served at lunchtime) is still cooked traditionally in earthenware pots on a wood fire. Unfortunately, this impressive pedigree has led to a certain complacency, verging on the arrogant, in some of the waiting staff.
|Transport:||(M: L2, L5), Santo Domingo (M: L2)|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat first lunch sitting 1.30pm, second sitting 3.30pm, evening 8.30pm-11pm; closed Sun for dinner|