This little tapas bar outside the northwest corner of the Mezquita grounds is very unassuming. But once inside you might notice framed newspaper clippings that praise the homemade tortilla de espanola made here. In Spain, a tortilla is not the same as what one thinks of when one mentions tortilla. In Spain, a tortilla is more of a potato and egg pie, kind of like a quiche depending on what ingredients are included. However it is a bit heavier than a quiche. Bar Santos' version is more potato-y but it's a kind of stiff creamy texture. And I'm not sure what is in it but it is very tasty indeed. I believe one order was 2,50 euro and one is enough to fill you up along with a plate of chorizo and a nice tinto y limon.
The chap working the bar was very nice as were the locals who came in, all ordering a slice of the tortilla casera!
Favorite Dish: Tortilla de espanola
We had done a lot of sightseeing and it was too hot to keep going at it, but we had about 2 hours until dinner. Never mind that we were going to spoil out dinner, we went for tapas to fill up the afternoon. Meson Bandolero is a hotel/restaurant and is located across the street from the Mezquita. We ordered the tapas from the counter from a waiter who reminded me a bit of that bungling angel character played by Buck Henry in the movie "Heaven Can Wait".
It went something like this:
Buck tells us the names of the tapas items. We can't understand him. Nor can my Spanish speaking son. Must be something about the Cordoban dialect. We take our chances and point. Buck thinks we are pointing at something else. We point again, this time there should be no mistake. Again he thinks we are pointing to something else. We go through this exercise about 5 times. Finally, we all agree upon what we want to order.
Buck says "Medio o grande?" and holds up two different size dishes. We point to the smaller one and say "Medio, por favor." Buck looks at us very doubtfully, holds up the medio dish and says "Medio." We say "Si." He picks up the grande dish and says "Grande?" We say, "No, medio, por favor" and point to the medio bowl. He again picks up the medio dish, looks at us very, very skeptically, making us wonder if we are committing some major faux pas and says, "Medio." Not a question. Just a statement. We say "Si, medio, por favor." We go through this about 5 times, too and finally he motions to the table and tells us "Por favor, sientese".
We sit down and Buck brings us tapas we didn't think we ordered in grande dishes.
I want a second glass of wine, but my husband doesn't. I ask for uno copa de vino. Buck says "Dos?" I say, "No, uno, por favor." He points to us both and says "Uno?" I say, "No, uno copa solamente para mi." Buck says "Dos?" I say "No, uno, por favor". Buck says "Uno." Not a question. Just a statement. He leaves, comes back with two glasses of wine.
I give up.
Favorite Dish: The tapas, whatever it was that we ordered, was quite tasty. So were the 4 glasses of wine.
We had a delightful, delicious lunch at El Churassco Restaurante. The decor was charming and the food was delicious. My husband knew this was the place for him and soon as we walked in and he saw all the Iberian ham and sausage in the meat counter near the entry way.
Favorite Dish: This may sound strange, but I very much enjoyed the Gazpacho Blanco de Piñones. That is a cold white soup made from pine nuts. I understand it is a local speciality. It must be - I didn't see it anywhere else in Spain. I also liked the Manchego cheese plate (they gave us a lot). The rest of my family had fish and grilled meats and said all the food was very good. My husband liked the leche frita (fried cream) he ordered for dessert.
You know how when you travel, you have a few memorable meals, and then the rest kind of blend together? Well, this was one of those memorable meals. In a good way.
Reservations are advisable, but if you show up when they first open (1:00 pm for lunch or 8:00 pm for dinner), you should be able to get right in.
El Picanton serves up tasty, generous size bocadillos for around 2 or 3 euros. Do not miss out on the Bigoton sandwich, which is York ham, melted cheese, Spanish tortilla, lettuce, and tomato with your choice of salsa. It goes for Euro 2.50 . The best bargain in town!
Is a fantastic place to have the traditional tapas and good wine or beer. There are lots of tapas to choose and wines with resonable prices. We had 1 tapa of the tipical salmorejo, a big portion of potatoes with alioli and another big portion of delicious ham croquette with a glass of fresh tinto de verano (red wine with lemon) and a bottle of water. We paid for all about 15 euros, not bad price.
Es un sitio fantastico para tomar tapas acompañados de un buen vino o una cerveza. Puedes elegir entre una gran selección de tapas y vinos a pecios razonables. Tomamos 1 tapa de salmorejo, otra de croquetas con bacalao, una ración granade de patatas con alioli y otra ración grande de croquetas con jamón y de beber un tinto de verano y una botella de agua. Por todo pagamos 15 euros que no está nada mal.
It is a very good and a little bit expensive restaurant,it is located very close of Mosque in the Jewish Quarter.Has a lot of nice dishes to choose from and also has a daily menu at 27 Euros per person.
Favorite Dish: Here you can see a some of main meat dishes:
Chuleton de Cebón.
Cordero Sefardí (Lamb)
Paletilla de Cordero (Lamb's Leg)
Solomillo de Buey.
Chuletitas de Cordero.(Lamb's chops)
Merluza a la Cordobesa (Hake)
Salmon a la Naranja.
Dorada a la Cordobesa.
Rape en Salsa.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
After visiting the Alcazar, we were all getting pretty hungry, so Carmen started looking for a place to eat and we decided upon CABERNA CASA BRAVO. It was a small, but busy little place with nice atmosphere. We ordered 2 portions of Pinchitos which are small spicy Spanish Kebabs, a full portion of carnes (6.50 Euros) which was a plate of cubed pork in a sauce, one full portion of Patatas Bravo (8.50 Euros) which is sliced potatoes with ham & cheese, and a small dish of Salmorejo (3.75 Euros) - ( Recipe in Local Customs). Total Bill came to 33.95 Euros for four people.
Pleasant tables outside, with several rooms inside. Plenty of bullfighting photos and mementos.
See the restaurants website (in spanish) for location map, menu and more.
Three courses plus a good bottle of wine came to 67 euros for two.
We had another memorable meal in Cordoba and that was at Almudaina Restaurant. The decor of Almudaina was very nice. It was located in an old residential house in the Juderia. The walls were brick and adorned with Cordoban dishes. The main room opened up to a high ceiling with a beautiful light fixture. Tables lined the walls on two levels.
Favorite Dish: The restaurant specialized in local Cordoban cooking. Everything was very good and beautifully presented. My family ordered fried calamari, solomillo (filet mignon), fish and shrimp, fish and vegetables. We could not stay for dessert because we were running out of time and needed to catch the last train back to Malaga, but they looked very good.
The restaurant is decorated with pictures of famous toreros, bull farmers and many other famous related with toros.
The food is not bull, but service is great and food is very very very good
Favorite Dish: Sopa de ajo blanco
Any meat of fish
There is a menu so you can taste many dishes.
Typical local ambience, with bullfighting decoration, especially about Manolete, a local torero dead about 1940... We had to wait about half an hour for a table (it was Saturday lunchtime) but, when we got one, the service was really fast and good. It is not expensive, although perhaps a bit more than other similar places in Cordoba
Ambiente local y tipico, con decoracion taurina, especialmente centrada en Manolete. Tuvimos que esperar una media hora por una mesa (era domingo a mediodia) pero, cuando conseguimos una, el servicio fue rapido y bueno. No es caro, aunque quizas un poco mas que otros lugares similares en Cordoba
Favorite Dish: We ordered several specialities, although the main ones of the house we didnt try, because we were not fond of them (blood with onions...). Salmorejo was delicious and solomillo al oloroso (sirloin with oloroso wine sauce) very tasty. I didnt care very much for Huevos a la flamenca, but it was not bad. For dessert, we wished to try some local speciality, so the waiter recommended us the pestinhos and pastel cordobes. He brought with the dessert a sweet wine, as a present. We were very satisfied: the dessert was delicious.
Pedimos varias especialidades, aunque las principales de la casa no las probamos, porque no nos atraian mucho (sangre encebollada...). El salmorejo era delicioso y el solomillo al oloroso muy sabroso. No me encantaron los huevos a la flamenca, pero no estaban mal. Para postre, queriamos probar alguna especialidad local, asi que el camarero nos recomendo los pestinhos y el pastel cordobes. Nos trajo con el postre un vino dulce, como cortesia de la casa. Quedamos muy satisfechos: el postre era delicioso.
We arrived in Taberna Juramento, which was recommended to us for a local friend in a rainy day for a very late lunch. We ordered five kind of different tapas to share. All them were good. Perhaps the salmorejo was not the best. But what one must surely order at this place is Croquetas: they made a not usual type, with spinach and pine nuts. Yummy, yummy. We also try Rabo de Toro, which was the usual stew, quite tasty.
It is a good election and it doesnt seem to be very crowded.
Llegamos a la Taberna Juramento, que nos habia sido recomendada por un amigo cordobes, en un dia lluvioso para almorzar bastante tarde. Pedimos cinco tipos diferentes de raciones para compartir y todas estaban buenas. Quizas el Salmorejo no era el mejor que he probado. Pero lo que uno debe pedir sin ninguna duda en este sitio son las croquetas: no hacen las tipicas de toda la vida, sino unas con espinacas y pinhones. Deliciosas. Tambien probamos el rabo de toro, que venia preparado en estofado, bastante sabroso. Es una buena eleccion y no parece estar demasiado concurrido.
A Patio converted in to a restaurant with a "bodega" at the back full of wooden barrels this place is charming, and gives you the feel of Cordoba.
Typical Tapas and Sherry, Wine and Beer. You can order the dishes in 3 sizes, Smallest to biggest: Tapa, 1/2 Racion and Racion. There is a menu translated (badly) into English. The prices are cheap and the food good. Its a beautiful place and a gem if you want typical Cordoban food with local prices not geared towards tourists.
Dont expect fast service or for the waiter to pay too much attention to you. Its not because you are foreign, Its because he is cordoban, they will get to you on their own time...Dont try to rush things. Enjoy Spain!
Favorite Dish: Salmorejo con Jamon (A sister of Gazpacho, Cold garlicky tomato sauce/cream that is made with raw egg.and bread mixed in.) VERY GOOD! And its a typical dish from Cordoba.
The Albondigas (Meatballs) are good as is pretty much everything else. Try something new!
We found this restaurant recommended in a few different guides so we thought we'd give it a shot. Luckily it was about a 5 minute walk from our hotel so it was very convenient. The service was great, the food was out of this world and the price was just right. We let the waiter pick our wine and we got a great ¬8 bottle of local wine.
English menus are available upon request
Favorite Dish: I can't remember the Spanish name for this dish but it basically consists of spinach and garbanzo beans that are kind of stewed together. We also had the potatoes, gazpacho and anchovies and a wonderful bottle of wine. This place comes highly recommended.
Here i had the change to eat so many tapas!!Wow!! Incredible..they are totally not expensive(about 3 euros for hot tapas)and they are big too.We were 6 persons and each of us odered 6 different tapas(totally they have more then 40 different tapas).Believe me...it's not easy to eat 6 of this tapas.Afer 4 you full.I suggest to eat them with local wine,a good sherry(andalusia is famous for the sherry..it's called "vino fino"),or with a beer.Well it's a palce for tourist but it's not a tourist trap at all...it's just a great great great place where to eat local food.
Favorite Dish: Rabo de toros..and everything local.You can also choose if order the tapas size,or the half size or the big size.With one dish of big size you can have lunch:-)