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Authentic, upbeat Andalusian tavern
Popular plate: The Andalusian-style trout and asparagus keeps the locals coming back for more.
Word to the wise: If this branch is too crowded, there's another La Trucha at Calle de Núñez de Arce, 6.
Hidden away in a side alley in Huertas, La Trucha draws a crowd who really know their tapas. Always busy, the tavern features a kitsch but quirky Andalusian décor - strings of garlic, antique dressers and walls covered with ceramics all feature - that goes well with the Southern Spanish cuisine served up here.
Not only is the food excellent, but so is the lively upbeat ambience. Even if you're planning on dinner, you should still stop by the bar first for a glass of Valdepeñas and some of Madrid's best free tapas.