La Casa Tomada is a gem for casual diners, craft beer lovers and art appreciators alike. It celebrates brew and the humble sandwich in a big, new way.
The restaurant is just over a year old but it’s already made quite the name for itself. It’s a good idea to get a reservation over the weekend and not a bad idea during the week, either.
They offer menú del día from Monday to Friday for 10 euros and they have delivery!
The restaurant was named after Julio Cortázar’s novel of the same name. The book tells the story of a house being taken over by unknown beings.
A similar story happened here in 2011, with two brothers creating La Casa Tomada in small town Venezuela, taking over their mother’s house and transforming it into a gastronomical haven.
Fast forward to 2015 in Madrid where La Casa Tomada continues its story, opening a vibrant space in Chueca with craft beer, colourful art and a diverse menu.
What we ordered:
Chill Cheese Fries & Pulled Pork Fries
The chili cheese fries are potatoes, beef chili, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, red onion, cilantro, bacon and topped with a fried egg.
The pulled pork fries are topped with chipotle BBQ pulled pork, guacamole, pico de gallo and Monterrey Jack cheese.
If we had to choose, we’d recommend the pulled pork because we preferred the flavour, but both were super tasty!
One thing’s for sure, the chef (José Antonio Del Pozo) knows how to season his food.
Public service announcement: These bocadillos are HUGE – minimum half a kilo of meat each. We’d say two people can comfortably share an entrée and a sandwich without going hungry.
New to the menu
They had just rolled out this sandwich when we visited. If it’s not on the menu, ask for it. It’s a must. Imagine deep-fried meatballs smothered in savoury basil-tomato sauce and covered in melted provolone cheese. A dream come true.
Fat Roast Beef
It’s hard to choose a favourite between this and the meatball sub, so we won’t. Order both if you like roast beef. It’s tender and juicy, topped with bacon, onion and melted Gouda.
Honourable mentions go to…
El Granjero Loco, a breaded chicken bites with double the cheese (cheddar and Gouda), double the bacon, lettuce/alfalfa and tartar sauce.
The Parmigiana Sándwich, also breaded chicken with tomato sauce, onion, basil oil and melted parmesan and mozzarella cheese.
The Classic Roast Beef, featuring the same roast beef as the Fat Roast Beef – juicy, tender and delicious – but instead served with lettuce, tomato, alfalfa, red onion, Idiazabal cheese and a sauce similar to Thousand Island dressing.
The Teriyaki de Ternera, consisting of soy sauce marinated roast beef, sliced and topped with peppers, onion, toasted sesame seeds and dripping in teriyaki sauce.
We tried a lot, but there’s a lot left to try. Next on the agenda for Fooding: the Choripan, the Falafel and the Indian.