Restaurante Apotheca: Excellent Value, Service, Pleasant Surroundings
Recommended by a local friend we spent a wonderful evening enjoying a meal that far exceeded the cost of 25 euros per person. It is obvious that the passion for food is beautifully expressed in both the preparation and presentation of the plates. The staff is attentive without being obtrusive and is very concerned with their guests every need. We would highly recommend this as one of the better establishments we have visited in our annual trips to Europe
Favorite Dish: Foie and chocolate terrine, spicy bread, apricots and red fruits
Young pigeon from Navaz with marinade strawberries
Selection of national and imported cheeses with garnish
Oxtail in cabbage and small cuttlefish
Roast grouper with bean cream and “Iberian” king prawn
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Bar La Boveda: Tiny, local, good beer and tostas
Having walked my legs off I knew when I was beaten...so needed a restorative beer and something to eat.
I came across this tiny bar just off a street leading from Plaza de Zocodover to the cathedral. I admit the English signs on the window helped to draw me in...I was too tired to contemplate trying to speak Spanish...but the staff didn't speak English anyway (but were very pleasant and helpful).
I had a small Mahou beer (the glass had been in the freezer, and the beer was seriously cold) and a tosta with ham...a huge chunk of toasted bread, served with a lot of very tasty ham, a drizzle of olive oil and a knife.
It was very much appreciated and very reasonably priced (less than 5 euro).
The bar really is tiny, with just a few small tables. Very plain, very simple, very pleasant indeed.
Well worth seeking out if you want a beer and a snack without any hassle.
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CASA AURELIO: Tasty Manchega Cuisine in the Heart of Toledo
Due ot its location in the most touristic spot in Toledo, just by la Catedral, this small restaurant might have been a huge tourist trap. Yet, the local Manchega (i.e. from Castilla la Mancha) cuisine here is authentic and exquisite. The restaurant itself is decorated with the typical mix of Spanish and Moorish styles and provides an authentic local dining experience.
Favorite Dish: Cook your own beef on an oven hot brick in front of you!
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Pizzeria Pastucci: Pizzeria Pastucci - Pizza & Pasta
Looking for somewhere for a relaxed lunch in Toledo we ended up at Pizzeria Pastucci. It was after 3pm and the restaurant was pretty full. The waitress looked unimpressed when our group of seven arrived, and it was a long time before this busy lady came over to take our order.
The food took ages too, which was only really a problem as we had a restless toddler in tow.
Favorite Dish: We ordered a selection of pizzas (Margarita, Salmon, Pepperoni, Aussie) and one of our younger companions had a lasagne. The food was fine - not amazing, but pretty good pizza, and a bottle of house wine was quaffable and very cheap.
Service remained slow and miserable throughout our meal, and I'm pretty sure I heard a sigh of relief as we vacated the premises.
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El Trebol: El Trebol - tapas
Having a hankering for some tapas, we headed to El Trebol for lunch one day. They were happy to accommodate the seven of us upstairs and service was friendly throughout our meal.
Favorite Dish: We ordered several small dishes to share, and some (bargain priced compared to London!) glasses of wine. The food highlights included amazing Jamon, Partridge pate, Bombas (potatoes stuffed with meat) and Croquetas.
We also had dessert - trying the Cheesecake and the Chocolate brownie, both which were tasty. After our meal our waiter presented us with some complimentary glasses of a Spanish liqueur, which tasted a bit like Baileys Irish Cream.
Really enjoyed the stylish yet relaxed feel of El Trebol and food was good quality and value. Recommended.
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Alfileritos 24: Alfileritos 24
In hindsight, rocking up to Alfileritos 24 on a Sunday for lunch without having a reservation wasn't a great idea, but never fear, we were given a friendly greeting and escorted up a couple of floors to a roomy table for our party of seven.
We felt a tad under-dressed for this stylish looking restaurant, but the waiters were charming and made us feel comfortable and welcome. They managed to dig up a menu in English, and also offered to organise some plainish pasta dishes for the younger members of our group.
Favorite Dish: Just about everything we ate during our three course lunch was delicious. We began with the Pica-Pica - a selection of starters, beautifully presented, consisting of Red Tuna tartare with seaweed and guacamole; Mussel croquetas; Chicken skewers with coconut and soy; and Cod brandade with honey & pine nuts.
Next was the incredibly rich Beef tenderloin with roasted courgette and chilli pepper dressing (for 2 people); the Beef Sirloin with sweet wine sauce and mushroom pasty; and the Roast shoulder of lamb with migas manchegas.
The waiter recommended a bottle of wine that went very well with our meat dishes, and seemed way too cheap to us London (and Sydney) folk.
Dessert was the Chocolate Brownie with caramel & cinnamon ice cream and chocolate sauce; and the Apple Millefeuille with milk and liquorice (the only low-point of the lunch)
It was a very enjoyable lunch for all ages present and we would certainly be keen to return if we find ourselves back in Toledo.
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Plaza de Zocodover: Lunch in a fun, but very touristy atmosphere
After walking around for a few hours, my friend Luis and I stumbled upon the Plaza de Zocodover - we were immediately attracted by the smell of food and decided to have lunch at one of the Plaza's restaurants. To be honest, I can't recall the name of the place we went to, but it had a large patio and it was located next to the McDonald's. Oh right, because Plaza de Zocodover is very, very touristy! I guess I would compare it to Plaza Mayor in Madrid in the sense that there's always a nice, busy atmosphere and the food is good without being anything special.
This square used to be the location of Toledo's public market and again, as with Madrid's Plaza Mayor, a great number of public events were held there, ranging from bullfights to executions. Today, Plaza de Zocodover acts as a meeting and starting point for visitors. Different shops and bakeries - where you can get some marzipan (mazapan in Spanish), one of the city's specialties - now occupy the different buildings, along with several restaurants that seemed to offer more or less the same menu, i.e. tapas, paellas, sandwiches and pizzas. So like I said, the food wasn't memorable enough for me to remember the name of the restaurant we went to, but I did enjoy the atmosphere and had fun watching countless groups of students rush towards the McDonald's (!).
Adolfo collection: Tapas modern style
Toledo is a famous cook of Toledo and this modern tapa bar is just one of the restaurants owned by his group.
It's a small, modern restaurant with open air cuisine, located just in the centre of the old Toledo, few steps away from the Cathedral.
You can get a full meal, or just a tapa with a glass of wine/beer.
The choice of tapas is not wide, but the staste is good, and the list is changed every week.
Favorite Dish: Pimiento relleno de bacalao con salsa de carabinero (pepper filled with dried cod, served with lobster sauce)
Dar al Chai: Different tastes
Dar al Chai is a coffeeshop in the Old Town, near San Juan de los Reyes. It isn't a very big place but when the weather is ok they put chairs and tables in the square in front so that they are able to serve more people. The square is a good and calm place to stay and there are big trees that protect you from the sunshine in summer. Inside the coffeshop is a good place too, but maybe a bit uncomfortable for old people, cause you have to sit on small chairs or on cushions on the floor: typical Arabic coffeeshop. The decoration is also Arabic and you are able to order a water pipe if you are over 18.
The waiters and waitresses are normally attentive and serve you on time.
They have different coffees, teas, milkshakes, pancakes and desserts which are all very nice and well-prepared.
Maybe for a teenager prices are a bit high but not a lot.
Favorite Dish: I, for one, love white chocolate cake. It is smooth and sweet and tastes good.
La Tabernita: Cheap and chic
It's a very good place to eat some special and curious dishes.
They are also typical and very cheap.
It's very nice, with comfortable sofas.
The music it's really calm and the waiters are very funny and kind.
Favorite Dish: Green fried tomatoes and broken eggs
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Breakfast in Toledo
Our hotel didn't serve breakfast so we went to eat a t a cafe/restaurant where we'd had a beer the evening before. They had a special breakfast deal with any coffee and croissant for 2 Euro. I've forgotten the name of the restaurant but it's easy to find. Just look for the terrace with the red chairs on Barrio Ray, which runs south from Plaza de Zocodover.
We had a lovely meal in La Tarasca, a Castilian restaurant in the heart of Toledo, a couple of streets north of the Cathedral.
We both went for the set menu for 12 Euro. For starters we both had Gazpacho (a traditional Andalucian soup, served cold) followed by pork for main course. We also shared a nice bottle of Rioja wine.
The waitress didn't speak English and I think the menu was in Spanish only but it was fairly easy to work it out. There are many over-priced restaurants in Toledo aimed at tourists but La Tarasca is the complete opposite of this and we were both very happy with our meal.
Los Cuatro Tiempos: Los Cuatro Tiempos
It is a pleasant restaurant next to the Toledo Cathedral. Good decoration and relaxed atmosphere.
It's not cheap but the quality/price relation is good.
Favorite Dish: Meat is the best option. I recommend 'entrecot de cebon a la parrilla con salsa de mostaza antigua' (grilled sirloin ox with mustard), medallones de lomo de ciervo (venison loin) or 'perdiz estofada a la toledana' (red partridge stewed in Toledan style)
Bar/Restaurant Toledo: Great people watching in the heart of Toledo
As we found ourselves passing through Plaza Zocodover almost everywhere we went, it was a great place to stop for mid-morning coffee or a late afternoon drink. We found Bar Toledo (great imagination in naming, huh?) a wonderful place for such. I think we were here at least 4 times in 2.5 days because it was good coffee and drinks but more because it is a most pleasant place and affords great people watching. We never ate there except for some olives with our gin and tonic so I don't know about the food. Given its location it is not the cheapest place in town and in addition we always sat outside. Gin and tonic was 6 Euros and a nice plate of olives was 2.50 Euros.
Many places: Try the churros
I am not sure whether this tip should be with the Restaurants or the Local Customs section, but I recommend trying the Churros for breakfast at least one morning while you are in Spain. We were fortunate in that across the street from our hotel was a large park and at one end were several small vendors selling a variety of things, mostly food and drink. We stopped by and watched the churros being cooked in a large vat of oil so we had them about as fresh as you can get. Get a cup of chocolate to go with them as the local custom is to dunk them in this very thick and syrupy concoction. I also got coffee to have with them. They are very sweet, pretty tasty and heavy enough to make you feel you have had a substantial breakfast. Most of the patrons here were apparently locals starting their day in customary fashion. I am sure you can find churros all over the place in the mornings. Give them a go.
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