There is nothing like food. Meat, seafood, produce, and also a gastronomy 2,000 years from the building has earned praise from all over the world. The area of Galicia isn’t any exception. Characterized flavors that are rich, hearty portions, and by fresh fish, Galicia is a foodie’s dream come true.
Aguamar (A Coruña)
Although pulpo (octopus) is now Galicia’s culinary mascot, the area has a large array of restaurants to satisfy every budget and craving. Within my 2012 Galicia excursion, I had been fortunate enough to sample this cuisine at a few of the restaurants in Galicia. Below are my top 20 dining recommendations for Galicia.
Alborada (A Coruña)
A while at A Coruña, Aguamar is welcoming, bright and airy. Lavish floor-to-ceiling dividers boast views of the marina and are coupled with a searchable menu. Aguamar serves traditional Galician cuisine with a twist up.
Restaurant Domus (A Coruña)
Popular picks include octopus, the Monkfish, codfish and scallops to name a few. Ask to be seated on their breezy patio that is outdoor. Come ready to share-portions are ample!
Casa Betanzia (Betanzos)
Suggestions : Vieiras (clams) with tomato sauce and cream of garlic, merluza filet, arroz con leche dessert and Memoria de Ventura (d.o. Valdeorras) white wine.
An advanced menu and service have made a pleasant Michelin Star rating to Alborada. Picturesquely located on the Paseo Marítimo, Alborada has a great deal to offer diners willing to splurge on meals that is to-die-for. Galician ingredients are changed into unique, tasteful creations which will captivate your eyesight. Alborada’s notable menu is continuously evolving and partnered with their wine selection.
Mesón P Alberto (Lugo)
Suggestions : Chef’s tasting menu with Lagar perform Merens (d.o. Ribeiro) white wine.
O Grelo (Monforte de Lemos)
Located in the Domus complex is a restaurant bearing the same name. Much like the exhibits housed within the building, the dishes here are also functions of art in their own right. A Michelin Star cements Domus Restaurant as one of the best eateries in the city. Each plate at Domus infused with quality ingredients and is laced with bold flavors. It’s the perfect place for all those new to Galician cuisine.
Martin Fierro (Ourense)
Recommendations: Chef’s tasting meu.
Adega do Emilio (Ourense)
Casa Betanzia is located just steps from the Mendo River. Diners can opt to sit in their dining room or airy patio. Uruguayan-born owners bring something unique into the cuisine of Casa Betanzia by blending ingredients that are typical with Latin American cooking styles. Meats, or parrillada, would be the specialty of the house, and that’s what I purchased because I don’t want to mess with perfection. Do not forget that a bottle of sterile Albariño wine!
El Asador de Roa (Ourense)
Recommendations: Seafood croquettes, grilled beef and potatoes, baked clams, fried codfish, cherry cake dessert and Viña Cartin (d.o. Rías Baixas) Albariño wine.
Casa Zapatillas (Verin)
Casal de Arman (Ribadavia)
For over 60 years that the Vázquez family has helped create Campos among the finest restaurants of Lugo. Award-winning cuisine is partnered with superior hospitality, and also game meats and their high quality fish are certain to make you fulfilled. Non-traditional menu objects contain partridge, rabbit, venison and wild boar. From scratch, all food will be prepared in true Galician kind!
Don Gaiferos (Santiago de Compostela)
Recommendations: Menú Degustación, or tasting menu ($35 per Individual )
El Gourmet Aljan (Riberia)
Mesón de Alberto has been one of Lugo’s culinary treasures because opening its doors in 1975. A straightforward Galician eatery was initially opened by patriarch Alberto García around the ground floor of an home. However, it has now expanded to each of four tales of this building! The ground floor is earmarked for casual tapas table. Here, modern furnishings lobster tanks and lighting lure you into. The upper levels are somewhat more appropriate, and also consume traditional Galician foods that incorporate savory calamari, fish octopus, and percebes (goose barnacles), and lamprea.
La Bodeguilla de San Roque (Santiago de Compostela)
Recommendations: Soup of the afternoon, lubina filet (pictured), bogavante (lobster), filloas (flambéed crepes) dessert.
El Mosquito (Vigo)
O Grelo is among the greatest restaurants of the Lugo province. It rests perched over the city in a magnificent stone building with matchless views of the landscape. All of this is paired with gourmet Galician cuisine served over a unique wine list and classic linens. The menu offers an array of seasonal delicacies ingredients and avant-garde desserts.
O Pescador (Vigo)
Suggestions : Gallegan cheese sampler, fried entire xoubas (hens ), rodaballo filet (pictured), bull using wine sauce, ternera (beef tenderloin), dessert particular of the afternoon.
Casa Valladeiros (A Guarda)
For over 40 decades, Martin Fierro has provided the good people of Ourense with a choice of Galician plates. This is the ideal restaurant for somebody who would like to sample many dishes, and has never attempted meals. Galicia-bred beef is consistently ranked the highest and tastiest quality meat also Martin Fierro does it flawlessly, as well as plenty of tender meats and other seared! Make sure you pair your feast up with a neighborhood wine that is red, also tell them David.
Restaurant Banasteria (Pontevedra)
Suggestions : Empanada Gallega, mollejas (sweetbreads) with chimichurri, pork loin, cañas full of pastry cream dessert, homemade vanilla ice cream.
Galileo is owned and operated by Chef Flavio Morganti, an food mastermind who fell in love with the bounty of Galician land and sea. The dishes of chef Morganti are all more all memorable to say the least. Located in a 19th century house that is remodeled, enjoy your one time meal surrounded by countryside. Galileo’s menu is seasonal and changing to incorporate the ingredients. Diners have a lot to consider when selecting from many risotto, pasts, meat, and fish creations.
Recommendations: Chef’s tasting menu, Albariño Coffee.
This institution has had a century to perfect both cuisine and its service. As you feast within this rustic, however enjoyable, twist of a century farmhouse feel like family. The menu comprises always-satisfying classics such as pulpo a feria (octopus) and merluza a la Gallega (hake fish), as well as other touch house dishes like baked clams and tender beans. The term adega means winery from Galician, so that you may make certain that their choice is extensive. However, do not forget to finish your meal with a sampling of chupitos.
Suggestions : Empanada de xoubas (hens ), clams in garlic and coriander decrease, pan seared merluza together with scallops (pictured), pork with Roquefort cheese and butter decrease in puff pastry casing, apple noodle supper.
Asador de Roa delivers a wide choice of Spanish favorites. Castilian specialties are significant, with pork, poultry, veal and beans being regular ingredients. This restaurant serves guests ample elements of every lip-smacking dish, also has a selection from each side of the Spanish range, Castilian and Galician. The restaurant’s wood-burning cooker with no doubt is its very best advantage, as it is used to prepare hundreds of cochinillos, suckling pigs throughout summer time months-a Castilian timeless!
Recommendations: Empanadas caseras, pulpo Gallego, entrecote with hand-cut French fries, baked codfish with alioli and creamed spinach, filloas (crepes) full of chocolate mousse and cream supper (pictured).
Named for a family history that was unique which you will merely have to hear firsthand, Casa Zapatillas has become celebrated throughout the area because of its gastronomic cuisine that was home made. Soups, stews, roasts and desserts are prepared each day for the famished. The restaurant is tucked away on a calm street, and includes a simple dining room plus full-service bar . With affordable prices and ample portions, what’s not to love?
Suggestions : Fish soup, roasted lamb with berries, pulpo Gallego (pictured), natilla (custard) and also flan desserts.
Casal de Armán is a graceful wine home operated and owned by a family dedicated to the art of winemaking. Although it’s simple to see how this sprawling home will be ideal for celebrations and weddings, most people come for a few hours to be wined and dined in the heart of Ribeiro wine country. Like the remainder of the property, the restaurant has been completely renovated and features decor and stone walls. Prior to sitting down for a meal, have a tour of the reasons along with the bodega to teach yourself and to receive a sample of these goods!
Tips : Octopus appetizer, lamb chops, beef with mushroom sauce, chocolate sour dessert, house red and house white blossoms.
Since opening its doors Don Gaiferos has held true to the restaurant’s unique mission: to provide people a taste of Santiago de Compostela recipes. The cozy and serene environment is perfect for groups or couples. The fish is fresh, the wine is refreshing, also Don Gaiferos keeps things simple yet tasty by letting the dishes retain their natural tastes rather than over-spicing.
Recommendations: Berberechos (clams) (pictured), bogavante con vieiras (lobster with scallops), jumbo shrimp with smoked salmon, steamed percebes (goose neck barnacles), Terras Gauda Abadia De San Campo (d.o. Rías Baixas) white wine.
Upon entering, eclectic décor backdrop the smiling hostess which greets patrons. Guests immediately feel ready and welcome to unwind while they feast upon staples like pork, eggs, ham and fish. All of that are transformed that you will not find anywhere else! El Gourmet Aljan offers an extensive choice of Spanish wines. The mood is romantic, the food is life threatening, and the service is set on.
Recommendations: Croquetas de langostinos (shrimp croquettes), baked clams on the half shell with béchamel (pictured), merluza (hake) filet baked in clay pot with peas and potatoes, pork loin with sauce, tiramisu and liquid chocolate sour desserts and Paco & Lola (d.o. Rías Baixas) white wine.
Economic, laidback, and delicious, La Bodegullia is perfect for anyone on a budget looking for a leading tapas combined that is after-dark. Not to mention authentic! La Bodeguilla de San Roque also supplies an good sized selection of beers and wines.
Recommendations: Pan con tomate, Iberian ham, pork loin with cheese sauce, salted tuna with red peppers and celery, veal meatballs with creamy spinach sauce (pictured), tiramisu dessert and Vina Nora (d.o. Rías Baixas) white wine.
For the past 80 decades, El Mosquito has appreciated fanfare amongst locals and worldwide food critics to its delectable cuisine at an upscale setting. El Mosquito still serves its signature tapas, however, has moved on to include a number of empanadas, steaks, fish filets dishes like mussels and, house style desserts.
Recommendations: Galician cod fish empanada (pie), mussels with oil, vinegar and garlic, octopus, shellfish croquettes, navajas (razor clams) and the fish of the afternoon.
Cramped and small, it is best to sit outside of O Pescador to feast on this divine cuisine. A treasure, this location has been dishing up the very best for over 35 decades. Try the chef’s signature dish: a combined grilled fish platter called the parrillada de mariscos. This mountain of sea monsters that are grilled also has been his own invention, and he is not bashful about letting anyone know it. He’s credited with devising the parrillada de mariscos among the most iconic dishes of this Pontevedra province.
Recommendations: Parrillada de mariscos (pictured), paella marinara, bottle of Almuiña Albariño wine
Casa Valladeiros blew me away with super refreshing food its authentic hospitality and setting. Family-owned and just 25 feet from the water’s edge, savor a freshwater straight from this tank, enjoy a wine of your tasting, also partake in Casa Valladeiros’ particular tradition of getting customers wedge”wish coins” into the distances between the stone and brick walls.
Recommendations: Mussels with tomato salsa (pictured), berberecho clams, navajas (razor clams), Padrón peppers, grilled octopus, flan de queso dessert.
Banasteria is all about its novel cuisine. Galician ingredients meet with a creative and kitchen staff. Fish, pork, beef and shellfish are flambéed, fried, sautéed, sweet and baked . Was nothing short of fantastic. Both the ingredients and the wine cellar are updated!
Recommendations: clam and crab at crab casing (prize-winning dish), crunchy shrimp with basil citrus mayonnaise, scrambled eggs with foi gras and citrus, black rice with duck confit, roasted cochinillo (suck pig), brownie and vanilla ice cream dessert.
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