Bustling with locals, La Castela is a traditional tapas bar located in the Ibiza neighborhood of Madrid. We had the chance to go there with Zach and Hannah, who were nice enough to let us sleep at their beautiful home for a few nights. Although horribly jet lagged, we still enjoyed the totally authentic meal.
Julian: This place was kind of awesome. You walk in and see a bunch of paper napkins and wet-nap wrappers crumpled up all over the floor, which I guess is common in tapas bars. Everyone is standing at counters and tall tables around the room, eating with their hands and drinking local wines, beers, and ports. Zach immediately knew what to order for our group, and about a minute after we enter the bar, the food starts coming.
Jesse: A lot of food. They charge you by the weight of what you order, and Zach had no qualms with ordering in large quantities. I think the staff was entertained by the quanitity of food we went through. And it was good food too. My favorite dish was some sort of small clam doused in garlic, olive oil, and parsley (not to mention a healthy serving of salt). It was simple and delicious. Eating at this local spot was an awesome treat. Thanks so much to Zach and Hannah for housing us and showing us a great time in Madrid.
lots of grub
tuna belly “salad”
Zach demonstrates proper prawn eating technique. He made sure to devour the head.