There is nothing like Spanish food. Meat, New seafood, produce, and also a years in the building has earned praise from around the world. The region of Galicia isn’t any exception. Characterized rich tastes, hearty portions, and by fresh seafood, Galicia is a foodie’s dream come true.
Aguamar (A Coruña)
Even though pulpo (octopus) is now Galicia’s culinary mascot, the region has a vast assortment of restaurants to meet every budget and craving. During my 2012 Galicia excursion, I had been fortunate enough to sample this cuisine at a few of the greatest 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. Windows that are lavish boast views of the marina and are merged with a decadent menu featuring locally caught seafood. Aguamar serves up traditional cuisine with a twist.
Restaurant Domus (A Coruña)
Popular selections include octopus, the Monkfish, codfish and scallops to mention a few. Ask to be seated on their patio that is outside. Come prepared to share-portions are ample!
Casa Betanzia (Betanzos)
Recommendations: Vieiras (clams) with tomato sauce and cream of garlic, merluza filet, arroz con leche dessert along with Memoria de Ventura (d.o. Valdeorras) white wine.
An inventive menu along with service have made Alborada a well-deserved Michelin Star rating. Alborada includes a lot to provide diners prepared to splurge on food that is to-die-for. Conventional Galician ingredients are transformed into unique creations that will captivate your sight along with your taste buds. Alborada menu is partnered with their impressive wine selection and always evolving.
Mesón de Alberto (Lugo)
Recommendations: Chef’s tasting menu with Lagar do Merens (d.o. Ribeiro) white wine.
O Grelo (Monforte de Lemos)
Situated inside the Domus complicated is a world-class restaurant. Much like the exhibits placed within the construction, the dishes here are also functions of art in their own right. Even a Michelin Star cements Domus Restaurant as one of the best eateries in the city. Each plate in Domus is combined with tastes and infused with higher quality ingredients. It is the best spot for those cuisine to sample its own essence.
Martin Fierro (Ourense)
Recommendations: Chef’s tasting meu.
Adega do Emilio (Ourense)
Casa Betanzia is situated just steps in the Mendo River. Diners can opt to sit in their dining room or airy patio. Uruguayan-born owners deliver something special into the cuisine of Casa Betanzia by mixing typical Spanish ingredients. Grilled meats, or parrillada, would be the specialty of the home, and because I do not want to mess that is precisely what I purchased. Don’t forget that a bottle of refreshing Albariño wine!
El Asador de Roa (Ourense)
Recommendations: Seafood croquettes, grilled beef and potatoes, baked clams, fried codfish, strawberry 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 greatest restaurants of Lugo. Award-winning cuisine is partnered with excellent hospitality, and savory sport meats and their high quality seafood are certain to make you fulfilled. Non-traditional menu objects include partridge, rabbit, venison and wild boar. In Galician type that was true, all food will be prepared from scratch!
Don Gaiferos (Santiago de Compostela)
Recommendations: Menú Degustación, or tasting menu ($35 per Individual )
El Gourmet Aljan (Riberia)
Since opening its doors in 17, mesón de Alberto has been one of Lugo paintings. A straightforward Galician eatery initially opened around the ground floor of an home. However, it has been expanded to each of four tales of this building! The ground floor is earmarked for tapas table. Here, lobster tanks, modern furnishings and lighting lure you in. The top levels are somewhat more appropriate, and also serve up traditional Galician meals that incorporate savory calamari, fish octopus, and percebes (goose barnacles), along with 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 arguably among the very finest restaurants of the Lugo province. It rests perched above the city in a stone construction with matchless views of the landscape. All of this is paired with gourmet cuisine served over an exceptional wine list and classic white linens. The menu always offers an array of ingredients, seasonal delicacies and avant-garde desserts.
O Pescador (Vigo)
Recommendations: Gallegan cheese sampler, fried whole xoubas (hens ), rodaballo filet (pictured), bull with sweet sauce, ternera (beef tenderloin), dessert special of the afternoon.
Casa Valladeiros (A Guarda)
For over 40 decades, Martin Fierro has provided a selection of average Galician plates to the fantastic people of Ourense. This is the ideal restaurant for somebody who has never attempted Galician food, and would love to sample dishes. Galicia-bred beef is ranked the highest and most tasty quality meat and Martin Fierro does it perfectly, in addition to a wealth of other grilled and crispy tender meats! Make sure you set your feast up with a red wine that is community, and tell David to them.
Restaurant Banasteria (Pontevedra)
Recommendations: Empanada Gallega, mollejas (sweetbreads) with chimichurri, pork loin, cañas full of pastry cream dessert, homemade vanilla ice cream.
Galileo is owned and run by Chef Flavio Morganti, an food swimmer that fell in love with all the bounty of Galician land and sea. Chef Morganti’s dishes are all more all memorable to say the very least. Situated in a 19th century house, enjoy your meal surrounded by lush countryside. Galileo’s menu is changing to incorporate the best ingredients and seasonal. Diners have a lot to consider when selecting from many risotto, pasts, meat, and seafood creations.
Recommendations: Chef’s tasting menu, Albariño wine.
This establishment has had a century to best both its service and cuisine. As you feast in this turn into a century farmhouse, feel like family. The menu contains always-satisfying classics such as pulpo a feria (octopus) and merluza a la Gallega (hake fish), in addition to other signature home dishes like baked clams and tender beans. The term adega means winery in Galician, so that you may make confident that their selection is extensive. However, do not forget to finish your meal with a sampling traditional Galician after-dinner liqueurs, of chupitos.
Recommendations: Empanada de xoubas (hens ), clams in garlic and coriander reduction, pan seared merluza together with scallops (pictured), pork with Roquefort butter and cheese reduction in puff pastry casing, apple pudding dessert.
Asador de Roa supplies a broad selection of Spanish favorites. Castilian specialties are significant, with beans, veal and pork being regular ingredients. This restaurant features a wide range from either side of the Spanish spectrum, Galician and Castilian, and serves guests generous portions of each dish. The restaurant’s wood-burning stove with no doubt is the very best asset, because it’s used to prepare hundreds of cochinillos, suckling pigs during summer time months-a Castilian classic!
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 dessert (pictured).
Named for a unique family history that you will merely have to hear firsthand, Casa Zapatillas is celebrated throughout the region because of its gastronomic fare. Soups, roasts stews and desserts are prepared for the hungry. The restaurant is tucked away on a calm road, and features full-service bar plus a modern dining room . With generous portions and reasonable prices, what is not to love?
Recommendations: Fish soup, roasted lamb with berries, pulpo Gallego (pictured), natilla (custard) and also flan desserts.
Casal de Armán is a graceful wine home owned and run by a family dedicated to the neighborhood art of winemaking. Most people just come for a few hours to be wined and dined in the core of Ribeiro wine country while it’s not difficult to understand how this home would be great for weddings and celebrations. Like the remainder of the property, the restaurant features rustic furnishings and dramatic rock walls and has been renovated. Prior to returning for a meal, take a tour of the reasons along with the bodega to receive a sample of these goods, as well as to educate yourself on the process!
Recommendations: Octopus appetizer, lamb chops, beef with mushroom sauce, chocolate tart dessert, home red and home white wines.
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 in an elegant and relaxed setting. The cozy and serene environment is perfect for couples or groups. The seafood is fresh, the wine is refreshing, and Don Gaiferos keeps matters simple yet tasty by never over-spicing and enabling the dishes retain their natural flavors.
Recommendations: Berberechos (clams) (pictured), bogavante con vieiras (lobster with scallops), jumbo shrimp with grilled salmon, wheat percebes (goose neck barnacles), Terras Gauda Abadia De San Campo (d.o. Rías Baixas) white wine.
Eclectic décor background the hostess that greets patrons , upon entering. Guests feel welcome and prepared to relax while they feast upon Galician staples like eggs, ham, fish and pork. All of which are changed into dishes that you won’t find anywhere else! El Gourmet Aljan has an extensive selection of Spanish wines. The mood is intimate, the food is sweet, and the service is spot 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 sausage, tiramisu and liquid chocolate tart desserts along with Paco & Lola (d.o. Rías Baixas) white wine.
Economic, laidback, and totally yummy, La Bodegullia is perfect for anybody on a budget looking for a stellar after-dark tapas combined. Not to mention authentic! La Bodeguilla de San Roque also provides an sized selection of beers and Spanish wines.
Recommendations: Pan con tomate, Iberian ham, pork loin with celery sauce, sliced lettuce with red peppers and potatoes, veal meatballs with creamy spinach sauce (pictured), tiramisu dessert along with Vina Nora (d.o. Rías Baixas) white wine.
El Mosquito has appreciated fanfare among locals and international food critics alike to its Galician cuisine at an upscale ambiance. El Mosquito serves its signature tapas, however, has moved on to include a number of house style desserts, empanadas, steaks, fish filets as well as dishes like mussels.
Recommendations: Galician cod fish empanada (pie), mussels with oil, vinegar and garlic, octopus, shellfish croquettes, navajas (razor clams) and the fish of the afternoon.
Packed and small, it’s best to sit outside of O Pescador to feast on this divine cuisine. This place, A neighborhood treasure was dishing up only the very best for over 35 decades. Try the chef’s signature dish: a grilled seafood platter. This mountain of sea monsters that are grilled also happens to be his very own creation, and he isn’t bashful about letting anybody know that it either. He is credited with inventing the parrillada de mariscos among the dishes of this Pontevedra province.
Recommendations: Parrillada de mariscos (pictured), paella marinara, bottle of Almuiña Albariño wine
Casa Valladeiros blew me away with its true hospitality fresh food and inviting ambiance. Family-owned and just 25 feet from the water’s edge, enjoy a freshwater straight from this tank, love a wine of your tasting, and partake in Casa Valladeiros’ particular tradition of getting customers wedge”wish coins” into the spaces 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. Conventional Galician ingredients meet kitchen employees and with a creative. Pork fish, shellfish and steak are marinated, fried, sautéed, flambéed and baked to perfection. Every dish I tried was nothing short of awesome. Both the ingredients and the wine cellar are seasonally updated!
Recommendations: clam and crab at pastry shell (prize-winning dish), crunchy shrimp with citrus citrus mayonnaise, scrambled eggs with foi gras and apple, black rice with duck confit, roasted cochinillo (suck pig), brownie and vanilla ice cream dessert.
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