After a morning of culture at the Prado, Champagneria Gala is a great spot for a long, leisurely and siesta-inducing paella in Madrid. From this restaurant’s rather plain-looking and easy-to-miss frontage, you wouldn’t guess there was a pretty glass atrium out the back where local families and the odd tourist tuck into huge pans of paella.rn
The set lunchtime menu at Champagneria Gala is fantastic value and includes bread, pickled vegetables, salad (just a bowl of lettuce), a salsa and a garlic dip, a choice of paella and risotto, a pudding and a porron of moscatel. Go easy on the bread because the paella is huge and you won’t want to leave any.
The classic negra (with squid ink) is popular, but one word of advice – don’t go for the Madrilena con callos y sarbanzos unless you’re a big fan of tripe.rnEnglish menus are available, credit cards are not accepted and there’s only a choice of white or red house wine (€5 a bottle). It’s not the best paella you’ll ever eat, but it will certainly fill a hole before you move on to your next dose of culture. rn