What to eat in Madrid: Our foodventure at La Vanduca

For those of you that don’t follow me on Instagram, we went to Madrid last week! Yes, again. I know we just visited Madrid last December but we loved the city so much, and love spending time with my in-laws, that we decided to pay them another visit. Besides, it seemed like the perfect excuse to eat more croquetas de jamon (my absolute favourite dish in Spanish cuisine. So basic, I know. Don’t judge me!).

Anyway, last time we were in Madrid I decided to enjoy my time as much as I could and I disconnected almost completely from social media, which means that I didn’t document anything for my blog. But this time was different. G and I decided to go out for lunch to a restaurant that looked incredibly beautiful and interesting, and that’s how this foodventure started.

La Vanduca is near El Retiro, in an area surrounded by restaurants and luxurious stores, which makes the walk around even more enjoyable. The place itself looks really modern and inviting, and there’s room for everyone: you can either sit inside, by the window, or outside if you prefer the terrace.

I know what you really care about, so let’s talk about the food:

Lunch at La Vanduca, Madrid

Tuna tartare, with avocado and wakame

We started with the right foot with this delicious tartare. The entire dish felt incredibly fresh, and I can imagine how perfect it would be for summer. The mix of textures was amazing, specially with the sesame seeds.

The only downside is that it was just a tiny bit salty for us, if I could change something, I’d add a little less salt next time. Other than that, delicious!

Lunch at La Vanduca, Madrid

Tempura king prawns

You can’t go wrong with these, specially if you’re a seafood lover just like we are. The chipotle mayo (or chilli, I’m not quite sure) had a spiciness that made the flavours pop out even more.

They kept saying this is a popular dish, and I can definitely see why!

Another thing that I loved is that, for many dishes, they have full servings and half a serving, so it’s ideal to suit your needs. We had half servings because it was just two of us and we wanted to try more things on the menu, but next time I’m getting an entire serving of these for myself 😉

Lunch at La Vanduca, Madrid

Lunch at La Vanduca, Madrid

Duck gyozas with a special onion and sesame sauce.

G’s immediate reaction when he tried these was just ‘wow’ and staring into the emptiness (and repeating the process for at least four more times). That’s when the king prawns lost my attention and I decided to try these.

The duck filling was so tasty and delicious, and the gyozas themselves had just the perfect consistency. They didn’t lose their shape after each bite, which seems like a miracle to me, because I’m always making a mess when eating these too-big-for-a-bite foods.

The sauce was soft, but still complemented all the flavours beautifully. You can’t miss these when you visit La Vanduca.

During our entire time here the staff was incredibly nice and attentive. Always making sure you had the best experience, and doing their best to answer any questions or provide recommendations (we followed all of them and don’t regret it for a second!).

Anyway, let’s go to my absolute favourite part of our foodventure:

Lunch at La Vanduca, Madrid

‘Huevos rotos’ (or broken eggs, if you translate it to English): chips, truffle, thick bacon and of course, an egg sunny side up

First they bring this beauty to your table, and then they proceed to ‘break’ the egg, mixing everything together into one big pile of yumminess. I recorded the entire process and I’ll make sure to post it on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat) later this week, so stay tuned for that 😉

I usually love ‘huevos rotos’ because the mix of textures is always delicious, and the yolk serves as a sauce that brings all the flavours together, but this time it was that x10. The truffle oil gives the chips and egg such a rich and delicious taste. If you’re in Madrid, you need to try these ‘huevos rotos’.

I also loved their not-so-traditional take on this classic Spanish dish, because I usually have them with black pudding or just Serrano jam, so I thought including truffle in the mix was absolutely brilliant. My favourite huevos rotos in Madrid!

Adorable mini burgers

Lunch at La Vanduca, Madrid

Mini burger with truffle mayo

These mini burgers, apart from being super adorable, were also incredibly delicious. I genuinely think there’s something about including truffle in a dish that makes it more tasty, at least to me. I’m definitely a fan of adding truffle mayo, specially because you can feel it in every bite.

The buns are just a tiny bit sweet, which complements perfectly the savoury flavour from the burger. They’re cooked just how I like them, which is medium (anyone else hates overcooked burgers, or any kind of meat, for that matter?).

You have the option to either order one, three, or as many as you want, as they sell them individually. Next time I’ll definitely get a couple just for myself 😉

Gin and tonic

Apart from all their delicious food, they also do drinks and cocktails (and I’ll tell you about desserts in a little bit), which we just couldn’t say no to! We went for a gin and tonic and shared it, and felt incredibly refreshing, specially after a morning of walking around El Retiro and Serrano.

This is definitely an amazing idea for after work, a date night, or just for whenever you’re in the mood to chill and have a glass of gin and a chat.

Lunch at La Vanduca, Madrid

Caramelized ‘torrija’, toffee and ice cream.

I’m not really sure if there’s a translation for ‘torrija’ (and if there is, someone please leave me a comment!) but it’s like a thicker cake, and probably not as sweet.

In this case, the mix of textures was splendid, and the torrija, combined with the toffee, made this one of those ‘just sweet enough’ desserts. I’m all about chocolate madness, but I definitely enjoyed the sweet toffee flavour against the soft torrija. My favourite bites where those were we combined everything in one spoonful. I’d definitely have this again on a future visit.


And sadly, all things must come to an end. This was our amazing experience at La Vanduca, and I certainly cannot wait to go to Madrid again and pay them another visit. If you’re ever in Madrid, I’d definitely recommend you to pay them a visit (and try those ‘huevos rotos’ please! You’ll thank me later).

Have you ever been to Madrid? If so, what are your recommendations? What other cities should we visit in Spain? I know Barcelona is on my list, but I’d love to hear your thoughts! You can leave me your suggestions here or message me on social media. You can find me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat), Twitter (@mlovestoeat), and Facebook (@michellelovestoeat).

If you want to get more travel inspiration, check out this article about how we got lost in Marrakech, or this one about our amazing foodventure in Liverpool.


Thank you so much for reading me and for your continuous support. Next week I’ll be doing some stuff on Insta to thank everyone that has been with me throughout this journey, so stay tuned for that! 😉






  1. February 17, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    This blog has made me want to seriously hop on a plane over to Madrid for the food alone! I was actually looking at flights to Spain for an early summer trip and really can’t decide between Madrid or Seville. I think we are a bit spoilt for choice but I’m now feeling a little more swayed towards Madrid if anything!

    Marianna http://www.brewandbloom.blog

    • Michelle
      February 17, 2018 / 1:33 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Marianna! I’d definitely recommend Madrid, but I’ve never been to Seville so my opinion is a bit biased on that side. Wherever you decide to go, I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time!

      • February 17, 2018 / 1:42 pm

        Thanks Michelle! I think by early summer we will just want a chilled holiday, in the sunshine with lots of delicious food! Yay!

        • Michelle
          February 17, 2018 / 1:43 pm

          Spain is definitely the right choice for that 😉

  2. February 17, 2018 / 12:13 pm

    OH WOW your photography in this post is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve actually never been to Madrid but some of my friends have and seemed to love it just as much as you! One of my favourite things to do when I’m away is to try different foods! Food is the best bit about a holiday!! Everything looks and sounds so good here, I’d love to try those duck gyozas though they sound incredible!!

    Laura xx


    • Michelle
      February 17, 2018 / 12:31 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Laura! They mean a lot to me. Madrid is definitely a magic place and holds a special meaning to us because we’re always spending time with family whenever we go there. That being said, food is definitely amazing and the fact that you can find some good finds for a really low price makes it even better. I’d definitely recommend you to go there if you have the chance!

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