Tucked away in the Casco Vello (Old Town) of Vigo, the Picadillo restaurant blends the traditional and the modern with it's original and dynamic cuisine, vibrant atmosphere and social setting.
The dishes are great as individual dishes but the magic is really in ordering several different ones and sharing them round the table as tapas. That way you get to try everything too.
In terms of price, it's not the cheapest place you can eat in Vigo but it is certainly some of the best value for money in the city. There's a limited number of dishes on offer, about 15 or so, but they change quite regularly and there's always something new to try.
Being on the edge of the old town and close to the main city square, there's plenty to do after eating. You can choose to stay and explore the cobbled backalleys and discover new bars or move on to something more standard with the array of nightclubs in nearby Arenal.
If you're around during the day, the Picadillo also offers Menu del Dia (Dish of the Day), something you'll find all over Spain. It basically consists of a lunchtime menu of two or three choice for a fixed price. In my opinion this is where the Picadillo is heads above the rest. The menu costs 9.50€ and the food is almost always top-notch. Very few other menu del dia's offer the daily change and high quality that this place does.
Favorite Dish: You may have tried the pulpo (octopus) elsewhere in Galicia but the pulpo here is stir-fried to perfection. Thrown together with some prawns, you'll be mopping up the last drops of sauce with your bread.
Alternatively, the 'Entrecot de buey' (beef steak) is top notch and almost melts in your mouth.
I'm a meat-eater but for vegetarians there's plenty as well. My favourite is probably the 'Crujiente de Verduras', like a large spring roll but without the grease, filled with vegetables and goat's cheese and splashed with raspberry sauce. Something different that's still seriously tasty.
You either like these or you do not. I happen to love oysters and Vigo is just the place to have them.
The old cobbled area of the town has many little restaurants serving oysters, mussels and lobster. We went for the oysters. Washed down with half a bottle of local wine and this lunch was perfect!
As I mentioned before, near the port there is a neighborhood called "Bairro de Berbes" where sailors used to live. It is an ancient part of the city.
Nowadays you can find lots of restaurants and tapa bars here. Most of them have open door tables, which are very pleasant on sunny days. As we walked by this area (at lunch time) there were lots of waiters calling for passers-by and waving their menus - each of them trying to capture the tourists' attention to their own restaurant.
Favorite Dish: In these restaurants you will loads of options for grilled fish.
No question of doing this - the whole fun is finding your own pulperia or pub - many with quaint customs and very tasty.
There are different qualities to different eating places. Some let you choose your size of a thing like a pudding basin for wine! and it's good!
Favorite Dish: Octopus -available everywhere but spider-crab and shellfish available almost anywhere
Carnes los Abetos
Lenguados el 'Mosquito'
Langostas Puesto Piloto
Caza y Vinos Las Bridas
Vino Albariño Terras Gaudas o Fillaboa
3500 a 8000
Favorite Dish: Todos en Guia telefonica.
Unos en Centro Vigo Mosquito- Bridas
Otros taxi Puesto Piloto-Alfredo
Otros coche JR (Playa America , y los Abetos
I can´t renember actually the name. It´s sited in the Port
area.There are a few good places there.
It´s better to eat in the street, in the external tables. there´s more ambient outside.
Favorite Dish: Ostras con limon, the best ones I´ve tried