What to see in Alcalá de Henares

Alcalá de Henares it is known for its wealth and variety of buildings of historical value. In fact, its name comes from the meaning "castle on the river Henares" and hence the city's coat of arms floats on some odes of water that simulate this river. 22 Anniversaries celebrate this year the city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, thanks to the birthplace of Cervantes, Crucible of the three cultures and place where Christopher Columbus met before leaving for America. So many stories and monuments keep this city that deserves to highlight the most important ones to visit it and enjoy a unique experience.

University of Alcalá

University of Alcalá de Henares

University of Alcalá de Henares

If we had to choose to visit a single monument it would be this, since it is one of the most significant in the city. The main building of the university education receives the name of "Colegio de San Ildefonso". It was founded by Cardinal Cisnero in 1499 gaining crucial importance for the claim of the city and worth visiting, even if it has a cost of 4 euros. As you can see, its facade is spectacular and you can also visit the Paraninfo (University Theater).

Cervantes Square

Cervantes Square

Cervantes Square

Alcalá de Henares, Of course, treasures many honors to Miguel de Cervantes, writer and fundamental piece in the history of the city. The Plaza de Cervantes is the old Market Square, where many years ago it was marketed during the days for it and that also served as a location to fight and settle the patron saint festivals and fairs. Very close to the square, to the left are the ruins of the old parish where the writer was baptized, since it should be remembered that Miguel de Cervantes was born and lived his early years in Alcalá de Henares, that is why there is a sculpture of him in the center of the square. For everyone it is the epicenter of the city since the medieval walls were demolished.

Casa Natal de Cervantes

Casa Natal de Cervantes

Casa Natal de Cervantes

Continuing with the illustrious writer, we can also visit your home, the Birthplace of Cervantes. Although other cities discuss whether it was this city where the writer was born, on the main street, currently Museum of the Autonomous Community of Madrid. Despite its facade, it has a colloquial aspect, its interior is impressive. The museum also has an important bibliographic collection of Cervantes editions from various eras and languages.

Corral de Comedias

Corral de Comedias Theater

Corral de Comedias Theater

Unnoticed by many tourists, the city's Corral de Comedias is one of the oldest in Europe. It is in operation, even though it was about to be collapsed. It was even a Romanesque theater, movie theater and colosseum. It was created by the architect Francisco Sánchez with a Renaissance and neoclassic architectural style with a capacity for 2201 people. His trajectory amounts to 419 years since its opening was in 1602.

Cathedral of the Holy Children

Cathedral of the Holy Children

Cathedral of the Holy Children

In this square, according to the tradition, Santos Niños Justo and Pastor were executed for defending Christianity, where a chapel was built to house his remains. In this very place, years later, the current Cathedral-Magistral de los Santos Niños was built.

The reason for the name of the Magistral title (there are only two in the world) corresponds to the fact that all its canons were doctors in theology thanks to the fact that the University was also in Alcalá.

Archbishop's palace

Archbishop's palace

Archbishop's palace

It is a fortress palace located in the historic center of the city. It is currently the seat of the Diocese of Alcalá de Henares. It is located in the Palace Square and is part of the monumental complex declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. It caught fire after the Civil War destroying the General State Archive.

After passing through all the historical monuments of the city, in Alcalá de Henares also noted for its excellent gastronomy and one of the restaurants that best honors it is Scorching restaurant Casa Benito with a supreme cuisine in dishes of the area and treasures a grilled meat of its own breeding both the yearling veal and the Iberian field bait pig.

Scorching Casa Benito Restaurant

Scorching Casa Benito Restaurant

RESERVATIONS

How to order at Scorching El Abuelito restaurant

The pandemic caused this year by Covid-19 has caused the hospitality sector to have the need to reinvent itself once again and develop other work tools that maintain the restoration due to the restrictions that this sector suffers, Y, definitely, society, such as the curfew or even the prohibition of performing services in the same restaurant in a traditional way with the setting at the table or the limitation of capacity, among other measures.

Scorching food comes to your home

Scorching food comes to your home

All these measures have triggered the majority of restaurants to join the initiative to order take out or even distribute in Pozuelo de Alarcón as in Scorching El Abuelito restaurant we have adapted to this unusual scenario by placing take away orders. So that you can taste our most special and traditional dishes of the restaurant with specialty in grilled meat, you just have to place your order on our website, Scorching App or by phone.

From our application, you can pay to increase prevention measures against Covid-19

From our application you can pay and place orders to increase prevention measures against Covid-19

 

Some of the starters of Scorching El Abuelito

Some of the starters of Scorching El Abuelito

further, in Scorching restaurant El Abuelito We want to help you all in this difficult situation and we have launched a promotional code for your take-away orders and give you a plate of Iberian ham from own aging Scorching. At the end of the purchase you must enter or redeem our promo code ELABUELITO (All together) In order to take you a free plate of Iberian ham for placing your order with us to take home the starters, most special dishes and desserts and enjoy it at home with an unbeatable company like family.

Scorching El Abuelito promo code

Scorching El Abuelito promo code

We have all the dishes available that you could enjoy with us in the restaurant so that you can add it to the cart and take it home. From our most traditional cheese and Iberian salads or our delicious boletus risotto with Iberian lardones to our exquisite grilled meat such as the grilled honey medallion of veal (200g) or the grilled entrecote.

We could not miss our pieces of grilled meat from our own breeding, both yearling veal and Iberian field bait pork. Our grilled pork tenderloin or grilled Iberian pork (250gr) you can take it home and taste it as if you were in the restaurant.

As a final culmination, You can also take advantage of our delicious homemade desserts from Scorching El Abuelito and enjoy our "Tahona La Abuelito" such as the semi-cold cheesecake with raspberry, the puff pastry tart with custard and apple and our mascarpone cheese tiramisu.

But how can I take or ask for the dishes from Scorching restaurant El Abuelito to be delivered to me??

With this illustrative video we wanted to facilitate the task of placing orders to take to each client and to help them how to place the order and redeem the restaurant's promotional code and thus take advantage of the promotion of acquiring the gift of a plate of Iberian ham.

In this brand new Scorching service you are fully informed of your order, both the price of the dishes and total, like the pick-up time slot at your scorching restaurant in the city you live in. further, You can also check the location of the restaurant to avoid loss with your GPS. Even some of the partner restaurants can take this food to your home.

 

How to order at Casa Benito Scorching restaurant

The pandemic caused this year by Covid-19 has caused the hospitality sector to have the need to reinvent itself once again and develop other work tools that maintain the restoration due to the restrictions that this sector suffers, And ultimately, society, such as the curfew or even the prohibition of performing services in the same restaurant in a traditional way with the setting at the table or the limitation of capacity, among other measures.

Scorching food comes to your home

Scorching food comes to your home

All these measures have triggered most of the restaurants to join the initiative to place take-out or even deliver orders, and at Scorching Casa Benito restaurant we have adapted to this unusual scenario by placing take-away orders.. So that you can taste our most special and traditional dishes of the restaurant with specialty in grilled meat, you just have to place your order on our website, Scorching App or by phone.

From our application, you can pay to increase prevention measures against Covid-19

From our application you can pay and place orders to increase prevention measures against Covid-19

Some of the starters of Scorching Casa Benito

Some of the starters of Scorching Casa Benito

 

further, in Scorching restaurant Casa Benito We want to help you all in this difficult situation and we have launched a promotional code for your take-away orders and give you a plate of Iberian ham from own aging Scorching. At the end of the purchase you must enter or redeem our coupon code CASABENITO (All together) In order to take you a free plate of Iberian ham for placing your order with us to take home the starters, most special dishes and desserts and enjoy it at home with an unbeatable company like family.

Scorching Promotional Code Casa Benito

Scorching Promotional Code Casa Benito

We have all the dishes available that you could enjoy with us in the restaurant so that you can add it to the cart and take it home. From our most traditional and tasty salads such as pickled pistachio salad with Iberian bacon to our most loved starters by all of you such as fried eggs with Iberian shoulder.

Scorching orders Casa Benito

Scorching orders Casa Benito

We could not miss our pieces of grilled meat from our own breeding, both yearling veal and Iberian field bait pork. Our grilled pork tenderloin or grilled Iberian pork (250gr) you can take it home and taste it as if you were in the restaurant.

Scorching Starters Casa Benito

Scorching Starters Casa Benito

But how can I take the dishes from Scorching restaurant Casa Benito?

With this illustrative video we wanted to facilitate the task of placing orders to take to each client and to help them how to place the order and redeem the restaurant's promotional code and thus take advantage of the promotion of acquiring the gift of a plate of Iberian ham.

In this brand new Scorching service you are fully informed of your order, both the price of the dishes and total, like the pick-up time slot at your scorching restaurant in the city you live in. further, You can also check the location of the restaurant to avoid loss with your GPS. Even some of the partner restaurants can take this food to your home.

 

The gastronomy of Alcalá de Henares, a footprint of Don Quixote

The gastronomy of Alcalá de Henares is characterized by bringing back memories of culinary allusions of El Quijote. Dishes like garlic soups, Manchegas migas with chorizo ​​or fried eggs, and a variety of dishes prepared with fresh vegetables from the Vega del Henares, in addition to the tastiest roasts of lamb and kid, or baked fish such as sea bream or sea bass.

This kitchen in Alcalá de Henares is one of the most complete, rich and varied in the Community of Madrid. A wealth that has its roots in the Spain of the Golden Age, from the writer Miguel de Cervantes. There is no better place to enjoy an evocative and unique cuisine like the streets of Complutenses, full of history and places that have deserved to be recognized as a World Heritage Site.

Alcalaínos duels and losses

In place of the spot, whose name I don't want to remember, not long ago that a nobleman of the spears lived in the shipyard, Old widget, skinny nag and greyhound runner. A pot of something more cow than ram, splash the nights, duels and losses on Saturdays ... In this way, this well-known dish was mentioned as "Merced de Dios" because it was considered that it could not be absent in any house no matter how poor it was. Ingredients for four people: 3 eggs, 100 grams of pork belly, Ham and mince, Lamb brains, Olive oil, 1 tablespoon vinegar, will, pepper and a bay leaf.

Duels and losses

Oil and Gas

Rondeñas dish migas
Oil and Gas, the traditional dish of La Mancha

Elaboration of peasant origin that spread in such a way throughout the country that it ended up giving multiple variants according to the regions. In Alcalá it is prepared in the same way as in La Mancha, with settled bread, finely cut, bacon, paprika and garlic.

Bread has been a staple food for the population since time immemorial and wasting it a real crime. Hence, even being hard, they will always look for a way to take advantage of it in some of the meals. It began by gilding it with garlic and lamb fat. After the discovery of America, along with gold and other precious metals, many new products unknown to Europeans began to arrive on the Peninsula, including paprika.

In the time of Cervantes, this ingredient gave its personal touch to our foods such as chorizo ​​or loin., and it served to give personality and its characteristic coloring to our crumbs.

Some deeply rooted customs in Alcalá remain today, like the chocolate snack with crumbs and croutons. Regarding desserts and pastries, include the crusted, the convent sweets and the excellent caramelised almonds, the tiles of Alcalá, two specialties that you can enjoy.

Crusted

Crusted

The crust of Alcalá is a traditional dessert of Alcalá de Henares (Spain). It consists of several layers of puff pastry, custard cream, meringue and almond. It was created in the 19th century by the confectioners Salinas, former royal pastry chefs. It is an emblematic sweet of the city.

Donuts from Alcalá

Donuts

On his way through Alcalá de Henares, It seems essential to try the Caramelised Almonds, the Rosquillas de Alcalá and the crusted cakes, invented by confectioners Salinas, former royal pastry chefs. Some of these recipes can be found daily in the main restaurants of the city, like the Scorching Casa Benito restaurant.

But nevertheless, is in its two annual gastronomic events, the Gastronomic Week and the Cervantine Gastronomic Days in October, when the visitor has more opportunities to try recipes such as 'the kid from the island', ‘Dorotea's stewed meat’, 'Quail in old wine' or 'the shepherd rabbit'. further, in this restaurant, you can taste products such as Iberian, sheep's cheeses, accompanied by a glass of wine.

Scorching Casa Benito, a reference restaurant in the city and the Community of Madrid, where you can make a stop and eat a top quality grilled meat and own breeding such as yearn beef, like the Entrecot; and the Iberian field bait pig, tenderloin. It is an idyllic restaurant also to visit the most outstanding monuments and curiosities of the city.

The gastronomy of the Community of Madrid, a potpourri of Madrilenian cultures

The gastronomy of Madrid is the set of traditional dishes of the Spanish capital. It has the culinary traditions of the initial population when Felipe II created the capital, and later from the towns of their own province that were contributing their food to the kitchen of the city of Madrid. Its gastronomy is made up of fresh regional products such as vegetables or meats for spoon dishes, stews or fried.

It should also be noted the importance of tapas in its bars, and is that gastronomy is one of the great attractions of the Community of Madrid. From among the many recipes or traditional food, We show you the most typical dishes of the Community of Madrid that you have to try if you visit the Community, both the capital and some of its towns.

Madrid stew

Madrid stew is, par excellence, the most typical and well-known dish. As usually happens with traditional food, everyone has their own way of cooking it, although the base is always the same. For its preparation they are put in a pot, with cold water covering the contents, various meats, like shank and beef brisket, hen or chicken, fresh bacon, blood sausage and chorizo, as well as different bones: of ham, calf knee, salty spine and white cane.

Madrid stew

Later, plenty of vegetables are added to the pot, like cabbage, carrots, leeks, potatoes, and chickpeas that will have been soaked the day before. Once everything is cooked, the broth is separated, that is put on the fire by adding a handful of noodles when it boils. The dish is served in three parts, starting with the broth with noodles, after which chickpeas and vegetables are served and, to end, the meats.

Madrid-style tripe

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Madrid-style tripe

Tripe is also one of the dishes most closely linked to Madrid's gastronomy. The preparation of this typical recipe from Madrid differs from those of other corners of Spain.

A) Yes, its main difference regarding, for example, Galician tripe is that cooked chickpeas are included in the latter, O, compared to those made in Vizcaya, that do not have chorizo ​​pepper.

They are made by cooking various offal meats, usually corns, leg and nose, also adding bacon or ham to the pot, spices and bay leaf. One hour before the end of cooking, add chorizo ​​and blood sausage, so that the tripe has its characteristic spicy point, make a sauce with garlic, onion and chilli. Finished said sauce, the tripe and the blood sausage and chorizo ​​are added, these last chopped. Then the cooking water is added and everything is boiled 20 minutes.

Squid sandwich

Squid sandwich

The calamari sandwich is a very emblematic food of Madrid, and rare is the bar where they don't serve it. It is simply a sandwich whose content is squid a la romana.

Garlic Soups

Garlic soup

Garlic soups are one of the most traditional dishes of Madrid and Castilian gastronomy. It is a soup with very simple ingredients since it will be prepared with sliced ​​garlic, which are sautéed in a casserole with oil until golden brown, adding pieces of ham at this time. Once scrambled, a few slices of stale bread are added, who are given a few laps.

Once the casserole is removed from the heat, sprinkle with paprika, which can be sweet or spicy, to everyone's taste.

Asparagus from Aranjuez

Asparagus from Aranjuez

The asparagus of Aranjuez is one of the best known products of the Community of Madrid. They are characterized by their intense green color and great tenderness when eating them.. You can find this asparagus prepared both grilled and steamed and in dishes such as tortillas, scrambled or simply as a grilled garnish.

Churros with chocolate

Churros with chocolate

One of the most typical breakfasts in Madrid is chocolate with churros and that we can find in most coffee shops in Madrid, so it is one of the dishes you have to try if you come to Madrid.

Scorching The Abuelito, without a doubt a reference restaurant in the Community, for its specialty in scorching grilled meat of yearling veal and Iberian field bait pork. Definitely, El Abuelito is a perfect place to taste the best grilled meat in Spain.

Grilled meat restaurant to eat in Alcala de Henares

Interview with Ricardo Calvo Merino from Scorching Restaurant Casa Benito de Alcala de Henares, associated for 12 years with Scorching Group specialized in Grilled Meats.