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Where to eat gluten-free croquettes in Madrid? It’s clear: at Solo de Croquetas!

Who doesn’t like croquettes? I’m sure there’s someone who hates them, but I haven’t met anyone yet. Whether they’re round, long or, as my grandmother sometimes says, “in the shape of a cloud because this time the result was not very good”, they’re always good. The problem is that the croquettes are a type of food that has a lot of flour… both in the dough and in the batter. And therefore a lot of gluten! But we wanted to eat gluten-free croquettes in Madrid!

Just as there are establishments specializing in different types of cereals with milk such as Cereal House, there are also restaurants specializing in croquettes. And this one is gluten-free! As they say on their website, we were about to embark on a “gastronomic journey in the form of croquettes”. Nothing better for those of us who like croquettes and travel! We didn’t have a reservation, so we went there early to be sure there was a table for us. 

Solo de Croquetas restaurant is located at number 5 of Echegaray Street in Madrid. It is a small place so we recommend you to book before you go to make sure they have a table and gluten-free croquettes for you. As soon as we entered, we liked what we saw. A map of Spain with a representation of all the autonomous communities. All of them converted into gluten-free croquettes in Madrid. How did they do it? Well, they have turned the most representative dishes of the different areas of our country into croquettes. They have more than 25 different homemade croquettes!

The croquettes are divided into 5 categories: meat croquettes, fish croquettes, vegetable croquettes, cheese croquettes and those I would never have imagined. Sweet croquettes! We would leave them for dessert.

We could choose different combos of gluten-free croquettes: directly from the menu, either by units or groups of flavours; or by three types of tasting in which they put 8 croquettes from their A, B or C selections.

In the A selection you will find the most traditional croquettes. I thought they were the chicken, cod or ham ones, but I was wrong. In this selection you will find croquettes of “cachopo” (a typical dish from Asturias), cheesecake, “cocido montañés”, “txipirones en su tinta” or provolone with dried tomato and oregano, among others.

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In selection B, you will find more daring croquettes. For example, “sobrassada” with mayonnaise, torta del casar, goat’s milk roll and caramelised pepper, rice pudding or chorizo sausage, among others.

And in selection C, the vegetarian ones. Here you will find croquettes made with Rioja stew, spicy mojo or white chocolate with vanilla, among others.

After spending a few moments reviewing the map of the entrance and looking at the options on the menu, we decided to start with 2 of cachopo, two of botillo, two of sobrassada with cheese of Mahón and two of chicken al chilindrón. All gluten-free croquettes, of course!

We hadn’t tried them yet, but we were happy because we didn’t have to worry about cross-contamination. We were eating gluten-free croquettes in Madrid without any worries.

We ordered the drinks and went downstairs to sit down and wait for our croquettes. A soft rock music in the background accompanied us until the guy with the croquettes came down. They were not only disruptive in the recipes of the croquettes, but also in how they were served. We had ordered 4 types of croquettes and he came down with three wooden spoons with two croquettes in each spoon and a message: we don’t have chicken chilindrón. No problem! “Bring us goat curl with caramelized pepper”.

The scrutiny was about to start. Although he had told us what croquette in the different spoon tasted like, by the time we decided to start, we had forgotten… they were all the same! 

It was like playing roulette and guessing what each one was. This made it more fun! You didn’t know where in Spain the next bite would take you. The size of each croquette was ideal. Not too big, not too small. They were all delicious! And very crunchy! Besides, croquettes like those with sobrassada or goat’s curl left a very good aftertaste. You almost got a Balearic or Asturian accent after biting into them!

We’ve had eight croquettes in the blink of an eye! We were left wanting to try more. I went upstairs to order another spoon of croquettes of cocido montañés and pork cheek. My mouth was watering just from the name!

They didn’t last long in the wooden spoon either… and, now what?

I was a little more reluctant to try the sweets. It’s not that I don’t like sweets, but I’m a bit more classic when it comes to eating and, just as I had trouble eating the chocolate pheasant on another occasion, this time I had trouble imagining an Oreo cookie in the shape of a croquette.

We ordered a cheesecake with raspberry and a white chocolate one with oreo. Isa loved them! I think I would have enjoyed more with other salty ones, which we still had a lot to try.

So you know, if you want to eat gluten-free croquettes in Madrid, you can go to the Solo de Croquetas! And if you’re too lazy to leave the house, maybe you can ask them to bring them to you… I think they already have this option available. Or you can also take them home frozen and eat them when you feel like it!

By the way, we apologize for the bad quality of the images… that day we didn’t have the right camera!

BY CLICKING ON THE MAP OF GLUTEN FREE RESTAURANTS YOU FILL SEE ALL RESTAURANTS WE DESCRIBED IN THIS POST LOCATED IN THE MAP OF GLUTEN-FREE PLACES:

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P.S.: Please keep in mind that in this blog I share my trips, anecdotes and experiences about gluten free travel around the world. It is possible that, in any of my trips, I go to some restaurant not trained by the associations where the risk of being contaminated with gluten exists. I kindly ask you to also take into account that the list of references can change. Please, always double check before eating in the restaurants we recommend. Thank you very much!

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