It's been 6 weeks since I sold out to the corporate bosses because, you know, a girl's gotta eat and oh my, I have eaten SO MUCH. To commemorate this miniture milestone I am compiling a list of the best places I have eaten at so far because there is no need to review the last 6 weeks in the conventional sense when I've already noted most of the worthwhile stories on here. Ok let's be real, this is a food list mostly for me to remember than for anyone else to read but for the sake of any rumbling tummy should you find yourself over here (yes that is an open invitation to visit me, almost lover) you can thank me (and buy me dinner) anytime.
La Tagliatella : The very first restaurant we tried in Coruña on our second day. Ironic that it wasn't even Spanish food but it was also Harley's 23rd birthday so of course we let him choose and because Harley hates most foods, he chose pizza. Kaska looked up the best place for pizza and it was probably one of the best Italian restaurants I've ever been to.
La Taberna del Arriero : Celebrating our first week!! The best and biggest tortilla you will ever know is from this packed restaurant. Another one of Kaska's finds and we sat outside (we sit outside most of the time so the others can smoke) leaning back in our seats because we were on a hill.
Pulperia de Melide : The very best puplo in town is what people told us and holy moly I struggle to eat it anywhere else now. Nothing compares in size and tenderness (oh snap) and the portions are enough to feed a large group at the cheapest price imaginable. The only menu they have is on a TV screen with hot pink text against black and everything is in Galician which makes things harder to order. Kaska tried to use Google Translate but it didn't work. I took Mumma here on her first night and told her that we'd get the pulpo and then a stab-in-the-dark order because surely everything else would be just as great? It was, it is.
Taberna Urbana : Helene took us here for dinner the night we all went out out. She introduced us to mussel croquettes (the traditional ones are made of potato and cheese) which are quite possibly the greatest new thing I've tried in Coruña. The second greatest thing would be the black (squid ink) rice with deep fried squid and aioli from here. Or perhaps it ties with first place. I took Mumma here too, for both and more. But this restaurant only just opened earlier this year and despite the lack of internet presence, it's always super packed.
Barloventa : For Helene and Matt's leaving dinner. One of the very few restaurants where the waiters speak English and an English menu is alway on hand. There were 13 of us this time but reservations have to be made even for a table for 2 because it will be one of the best burgers you ever eat.
Sal y Brasa : After helping Kaska move into her apartment, we tried our first restaurant for traditional tapas only a few steps from her new home. It's one of the cheapest you'll find at 1.50€ for any tapas and so obviously we ordered most of the menu to try and it was SO GOOD. The tables are also covered in painted tiles which makes for such a pretty food photo.
Anduriña : Carlota recommended this restaurant to us as a place with good cheap Spanish food. It has the typical Spanish menu with tortilla, pulpo (seriously, nothing can compare to Melide) and croquettes etc. The portion sizes here are HUGE and between 8 of us we couldn't finish the 5 plates we ordered. There are 2 portion sizes here in Spain - tapas or raciones - and so if we are in a big group and if there is the option on the menu, we always order raciones. I guess we never would have thought that the full plates of everyone else eating around us were actually only tapas plates. But this just makes Anduriña one of the cheapest eats around. You could be so full on less that 4€ for sure.
Miss Maruja : This is the café where Kaska and I stopped by for lunch after our dose of culture one Sunday. I'm kind of sad that I only made it inside on my very last weekend at Zaleata (the company apartments) when it was literally just across the road but thank god Coruña is pretty much the smallest town on earth so it's not too far to walk to from my place now.
Taberna Gaioso : According to Elin, the place next to Melide (this one) is better. So we went and tried it and ohmygod it was one of the best!! Not so comparable to Melide simply because it's a slightly different cuisine and kind of just a whole different set up. It's fancier and the plates were prettier and seriously, the food was just really really good. The kitchen closes at 10.30pm though which is super early for here but luckily we got there just before and made our order as fast as we could translate the menu.
El Charrúa : Another recommendation from Elin and another winner for sure. It's primarily a meat restaurant where everything is cooked on an open-fire grill but there are so many sides and grilled vegetables on the menu I'd say it's still a safe choice for those who don't eat meat. (I mean, Elin takes her boyfriend there every time he comes to visit her and he's a vegetarian so it's worth it for sure.) Reservations are a must here too so Carlota helped me book a table and I took Mumma here last week for her birthday dinner. It was such a dream meal.
A Taberna de Cunqueiro : Eating at this restaurant was the first time (in Coruña) I ate so much that I felt sick and we had to drink coffee straight after to relieve ourselves. It's a pretty traditional Spanish restaurant and it was cosy and warm and the service was some of the best. They changed our plates after every dish and perhaps this is why it went so wrong because the plates came out one by one after we'd finished each one when it might have been better for everything to have come out together so we could assess how much to eat of what. In the end we couldn't even finish our last dish which was the tastiest one and skipped on dessert too. Of course, there's always a next time.
Ok so I lied - this isn't a list of the best places I've eaten at - this is a list of almost every place I've eaten at because holy moly the food is just too good here and I can't help myself!! I need to gain a little self-control back, I know, but 3 months in New York labelled me as "Forever Hungry Girl" amongst my closest friends there and although I'm not sure whether to be proud or embarrassed by my adopted title, I realise now that I haven't changed much really.