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.
|Venue name:||La Bola Taberna||Contact:|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat first lunch sitting 1.30pm, second sitting 3.30pm, evening 8.30pm-11pm; closed Sun for dinner|
|Transport:||(M: L2, L5), Santo Domingo (M: L2)|
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This place was awful. To start off, it's just another tourist trap and the service shows that. When we arrive, they rush us to a room filled with other tourists which was separated from the locals. The waiter was quick to get our order without us finishing ordering! The bread on the table was not free but they don't tell you that. The food was sad. As a chef, I can say this. It's not even traditional just poorly cooked and nothing special. My lamb chops was the smallest ever seen and burnt. My wife ordered steak medium rare and got blood raw. Asked to recook, they cooked it for 2 seconds and put on the same plate!! Still raw. At the end, the finally blow is that they don't take cards just cash but don't inform you this. We barely had enough cash to pay. What a horrible experience. Timeout you should take them off your recommendation list.