Madrid has always been a melting pot of cuisines from all over Spain and Catalan cuisine is no exception. Now that the cold is arriving so do the calçots, one of the most traditional and delicious products of Catalan gastronomy, accompanied by the famous romesco sauce. The calçot is like a long spring onion that is typical from the interior regions of Catalonia and it is cooked on the grill and then dipped in the sauce. In Madrid, you can enjoy it in restaurants such as La Huerta de Casa Ricardo (Avenida Ciudad de Barcelona, 5), where they even give you a bib to prevent any potential stains derived from eating them. As well as the star product, they also serve snails, grilled vegetables, excellent fish dishes and the classic crema catalana, the Catalan version of crème brûlée, all at affordable prices.
Another Catalan cuisine restaurant in the Spanish capital is Can Punyetes, which has two restaurants: one in the Habsburg district (Madrid de los Austrias), on Calle Señores de Luzón, 5, very close to our hotel in the center of Madrid; and the other in the Las Letras district, on Calle San Agustín, 9. Calçots season goes from November to April, although it may move forwards or backwards depending on the year, which should be no impediment to try products from this cuisine that is sometimes overshadowed by more striking cuisines such as the Basque and Galician.