We broke up the long drive from Santiago de Compostela to Cadiz with a stopover for a day in Salamanca. As is true for much of Spain, CH had almost no information, but once again, we ate very well using recommendations from Michelin and Tripadvisor.
A full report on our Spain adventures, with photos, is on my blog:
For lunch, we set off in search of tapas, first trying for Factory Gourmet, which I had read about on Tripadvisor, but unfortunately it was closed on Mondays. Luckily, Michelin lists Tapas 2.0 as an excellent place for modern and traditional tapas, and it was just around the corner from Factory Gourmet. We had 5 tapas, all delicious, particularly the pork “sashimi”, lightly seared pork with a soy-based sauce, and tempura of langoustines and asparagus. For dessert we had “cheesecake” with strawberries, which was not your usual cheesecake, but a liquid cheese over a bed of cake crumbs, topped with chopped strawberries. Very good. With a bottle of Ribeiro del Duero, this substantial meal came to 40 euros.
Dinner was at El Alquimista, a modern restaurant a few blocks from our hotel, recommended in both Michelin and Tripadvisor. This turned out to be spectacular. The amuse-bouche of cauliflower creme was good but needed a kick, being a bit bland, but it was all uphill from there. Tripe stew with chorizo and ham, seared tuna with pesto, beef filet with a press of potatoes, and roast suckling lamb with potato gnocchi, a deconstructed apple tart, and coffee mousse with rum and chocolate crumble were all stunning. The total came to 78 euros including water and a nice 15 euro bottle of 2009 Bierzo from Pitaccum.