Restaurants & Bars

cordoba restaurant - a report

eeee | Nov 24, 200204:05 PM

several of you responded to an earlier post i made inquiring as to whether spanish food was full of mayo. i am pleased to say that it is not, except for an absolutely vile-looking concoction caled "ensalada russe."

in any case, i was in cordoba a few days ago. cute town, but very touristy, at least where i was staying. i walked around the "juderia" area where most hotels and attractions are, but most of the restaurants seemed to be depressing tourist traps - you know what i mean, the white tablecloths, the bored-looking waiters wearing funny uniforms, the menus translated into four different languages and the prices about double to triple what they should be.

i decided to pick a direction and walk until i found an untranslated menu, and stumbled across a place called el rey de las tapas. i checked it out and sensed that this place did not cater to the tourist trade - it was a pleasant, casual room with a few people hanging out watching television. the menu had a very good selection of tapas (tapas king indeed) and also had half raciones, in case you wanted a portion between tapa and racion (entree). i ordered some aged sheep cheese, fried anchovies and a half racion of oxtail stew (rabo de toro.)

the waiter brought over a house specialty called migas, which were bread crumbs fried up with garlic and bits of clam and sausage. delicious and a big portion too. the fried anchovies were delicious and the tapas portion, at 1.20 euros, was HUGE. the rabo de toro was similarly delicious and served in a generous portion. i couldn´t finish it.

the owner and waiter were amused at my presence and gave me a free glass of fino at the end of the meal. the total bill was something like 8 euros.

i highly recommend this place if you are in cordoba. it is not fancy, but it´s cheap and delicious.

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