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El Caldero is situated in a central, pedestrian-only touristy area of Madrid. It was only one block from Plaza de Santa Ana where we were staying.

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It was founded in 1973 and specializes in Spanish rice dishes – paella.

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Their signature dish is rice cooked in a cauldron (more like a bucket) as illustrated by this painting – which is much deeper than the pan typically used in cooking paella.

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We ordered the paella and the “bucket” of seafood-flavored rice.

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The waiters distributed the food on our plates – so we did not have to scoop the rice out of the bucket.

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We came here towards the end of our trip and at that time during the trip, we have not even touched rice once, having been focusing our attention on tapas/pintxos.

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According to their website (click here), which is quite colorful, they follow the cooking traditions of Murcia – which might explain the sauces, not sure if this is true.

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They claim to combine the ingredients from the Mediterranean and the Spanish interior to make the dishes –  Murcia as a province, has a coast and a vast interior land mass.

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Dessert drinks on the house !

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We enjoyed our meal there. Recommendable.

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