Posted by: travelrat | October 5, 2010

Qype: Magaly in Madrid

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When in Madrid, I usually stay at the Travelodge Torrelaguna. Like most Travelodges, it’s just somewhere to sleep, rather than to eat, and offers, at best, a breakfast buffet I don’t consider very good value for money.

So, in my search for a good, but inexpensive place to eat nearby, I came upon the Magaly. There is a full-blown restaurant there, but I didn’t want a full meal, just a little snack to fill the gap … for this purpose, the Spanish invented the excellent custom of tapas, and in the Magaly, there’s a tapas bar!

With my first beer, they brought me an apertivo consisting of a generous plate of potato strips cooked in oil, and with my second, I bought a tapa proper of croquetas de jamon.

I had a further surprise the following morning when, at 7.30 a.m. I found the place open. BREAKFAST! I intended to buy a bacon sandwich, or something, but, when I got inside I found a couple of customers partaking of chocolate con churros. So, that’s what I had. The chocolate came in a sachet, which was mixed in with a cup of hot milk … but it didn’t fall all that much short of that served in a specialist churreria.

Check out my review of Magaly – I am nomadkeith – on Qype



  1. Hi Keith,

    The Breakfast sounds delicious, I have no idea what con churros are but it does sound good, especially to a chocoholic (that’s me)
    Sachet of chocolate for your cup of hot milk, certainly different.

    It sounds like you found a very nice Restaurant, not always easy to find.

  2. Hi Keith,
    Oh my goodness that looks very rich for a brekky, did you manage to finish it all? I don’t know if I could have that at such an early hour.

    • The sugar boost is quite effective. I know both the British and French Army 24-hour ration packs contained a sachet of drinking chocolate, which they suggested you have for breakfast.

      (However, was even better last thing at night, with a tot of rum in it!)

  3. I gather that churros are what you have as the dawn breaks as you wander home after an all night session of eating at midnight followed by a night-club!

    • Well, that’s the story … although most Spaniards I know strongly deny it!

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