April 24th, 2012
with a terrace overlooking Barceloneta beach. Once again this is a restaurant that does a very cheap lunchtime menu, including 3 courses, wine and a digestive.
I’d particularly wanted to come here again, having visited a few years ago. They do one of the best Sopa de Pescados, fish soups, that I’ve ever had, it’s quite thick and rich from all the fish that go into the stock and contains whole clams, langoustines and mussels. Today was no exception – we all ended up ordering it! See here for a good fish soup recipe.
As my main course I had Pulpitos, crispy baby octopus cooked on a griddle with fries and roasted green pepper.
Matthew had some Pollo al Horno, oven cooked chicken with more fries and green pepper. It looked very good, as if it had been basted with a special sauce.
Katie had Calamar a la Plancha, thick cut squid pieces, cooked on a griddle – I tried them and they were excellent, quite succulent and tender. Nookie had her fish soup as a main course – I’ve somehow forgotten what she has as a starter.
Everything was washed down with a bottle or two of rosado.
For pudding, all, or most of us had Tarta de Santiago, an almond cake, typical of Galician cuisine and decorated with the cross of St. James. It’s common to eat it with a glass of Pedro Ximenez (sweet sherry). If the sherry is poured over the top, it really brings out the flavour of the almonds.
After coffee, the waiter typically plonks a bottle of home made liquor down onto the table and you help yourself. We had Hierbas (synonymous with Ibiza), a fortified wine containing herbs and plants, which is said to have curative powers.
After lunch we went and sat on the beach for half an hour…
Rias do Miño is at: C/ Almirante Cervera, 39, 08003, Barcelona