Galicia, in northwestern Spain, is known for its gastronomy comprising seafood, meat, bread and wine. Filled with delicacies such as fish and octopus, Galician cuisine is rich and wholesome. These 10 restaurants represent the very best of Galician dining.
Pilgrims from all over the world finish the spiritual St James’ Way pilgrimage at the monumental Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Situated close to this World Heritage Site, Casa Marcelo has been a reference for avant-garde Galician gastronomy since 1999. Its creator, chef Marcelo Tejedor, gave up a Michelin star with the purpose of reinventing his restaurant in 2012. The renowned establishment now has three casual areas, a menu with tapas ideal for sharing and the offer of an extraordinary mixture of Galician fresh food infused with Japanese inspiration. Nigiri, spicy tuna tartare, pickled mussels or Celeiro’s hake are just some of the examples of Casa Marcelo’s impressive culinary offer.
This traditional restaurant in the marine town of Finisterre, known by the Romans as the end of the world, is located in Costa da Morte (Galician for ‘Coast of Death’), a rugged and stunning coastline where many fishermen and boats have perished. Tira do Cordel takes up the building of a former salted fish factory, next to the beach. High-quality fresh fish and seafood are served on its tables, with the grilled white bass being the most popular dish on the menu. The name of this restaurant means ‘pull the string’ and dates back centuries to a time when the heavy, wooden front door needed to be opened by pulling a cord.
Family-run Marisquería Ríos is one of the most prestigious restaurants in the city of A Coruña and the perfect place to sample the region’s seafood: crayfish, razor clams, crabs and barnacles, clams or shrimps. They are served with meticulous care and close attention is paid to the best ingredients of the season. This is a restaurant where Galician tradition can be enjoyed with excellent fish, sea products and wines at affordable prices.
This neighborhood tavern has been devoted to the traditional preparation of outstanding Galician octopus for more than 40 years. Pulpeira O Fiuza is a true institution of the city of A Coruña. It is located close to the Tower of Hercules, a World Heritage Site and the only lighthouse built by the Romans to have retained its original function. This crowded bar has wooden tables and barrels where neighbors from the area eat and drink, play cards and talk about football. Their passion for the local team is clearly visible on the walls, which are covered with images of the team, alongside old photographs of the city. In this tavern, Galician wines can be drunk in a typically Galician way: in little white porcelain bowls.
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