Santiago de Compostela has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its cultural, religious, and architectural significance, but its culinary scene is also worthy of acclaim. Pay a visit to one of these top restaurants.
Chef Marcelo Tejedor has formulated an unusual cuisine here at the restaurant that bears his name. He fuses Galician and Japanese cooking as well as elements of Mexican, Peruvian, and Chinese. Recipes like dim sum de cachucha y gambas – dim sum of pork’s head and prawns – showcase Tejedor’s inventiveness. The spirit in which the food is prepared is carried through to the design of the restaurant as well. Casa Marcelo’s open kitchen, communal tables, and reliance on sharing dishes create an immersive dining experience for the guest.
Traditional Galician cuisine with an imaginative twist is the order of the day at O Dezaseis. This is typified in their approach to octopus – their polba is served á grella, or grilled, as opposed to boiled. Also on the menu are xouvas (small, fried fish), chipirones (baby squid) and lacón con grelos (ham with turnips). Produce is always market-fresh. If you’re in need of something light, there is also a tapas, sausage, and cheese menu. Once a stable, the restaurant has wooden beams and stone walls that give the restaurant a rustic ambiance.
16 Calle de San Pedro, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, +34 981 56 48 80
As a long-time staple of Santiago de Compostela’s culinary scene, O Gato Negro are experts in the preparation of traditional Galician foods. Examples of these traditional foods are berberechos (steamed cockles), orella de cerdo (boiled pig’s ears with paprika), raxo (sautéed pig loin marinated in paprika), and the ubiquitous polbo á feira, or boiled octopus. The restaurant’s lack of ostentation has done no harm to its popularity. As a favorite with the locals, the few coveted seats here fill up fast. If you manage to nab a place, order a cool glass of Estrella Galicia to wash everything down.