What is the essential gastro product of the Camino de Santiago?
It is easy to answer this question thanks to the data, your comments and our experience. If there are about 300,000 pilgrims arriving in Santiago de Compostela every year who pass through the Pilgrim’s Office to pick up their Compostela and therefore certify their passage through at least the last 100 km of the Camino de Santiago and … if at least a 60-65% of these pilgrims pass through Melide, it is easy to count on the fingers how many pilgrims have not tasted Octopus.
There is no doubt that the octopus is the gastronomic king of the Camino de Santiago and almost all of us have made a stop at the Ezequiel, Garnacha, Casa Alongos, … sure? Well, we went to Melide to taste octopus of these three restaurants to help you draw your own conclusions about where you can eat the best octopus in Melide.
We went to Melide from Santiago to ask for the same thing in the same place in the three places: a portion of octopus, red wine of the house (in cunca) and bread. By the way, we assume that it is not by chance that the price of the octopus ration is € 8.50.
It is the first place we found on the Camino when entering Melide. As soon as you enter the kiwi tree provides us with a nice shade to rest. The place, neat and clean, has a kitchen on the left that allows us to see how the different dishes are prepared. They work with small producers, in many cases of proximity, and some of their products are organic or of very careful care. The care with the pilgrim is very kind and pleasant.
The octopus was done to perfection, neither soft nor hard. The portion was plentiful and with a lot of good oil. Perfect amount of paprika and salt. The bread was very tasty and the wine was the best of the three restaurants we tasted. We were struck by the fact that they had an octopus burger … we had to try it and it was certainly delicious. The best octopus burger in Galicia!
It is the next place that it is just 20 meters to the right. They already receive us with steaming octopus on the right. It is a local in 2 heights with large and dark tables. About care they are correct and a little aseptic, neither cold nor hot.
The octopus portion seemed the smallest of the three restaurants. However, it was very good and with a perfect point. The temperature, although it does not seem important, it is and in this case it was perfect to eat (it should not be too temperate or cold). The bread is not his strong point especially in such a good area for it and it was a shame because the mixture of cooking water and oil was very good. Maybe we were wrong, but the bread seemed precooked. A comment that was the place where we saw more people from the area…
It is the last place of the three and is less than 50 meters from A Garnacha. We do not know the reason, possibly because of the number of pilgrims who pass through here every day, but the care was the coldest and most distant. The place has large tables with complete benches that make the pilgrims join each other even without having previously agreed. As a restaurant it is the one that offers the most chaos, but it is the atmosphere that looks more like a Galician tavern.
The octopus is very tasty, probably the best of the three restaurants. Besides the octopus, which has to be perfect, it was the tastiest. It helped that at the salt was the most correct, although the difference was minimal. The bread was also rich, but in this case the wine was the poorest of three restaurants.
Amount: Casa Alongos
Well cooked: A Garnacha
Sauce: A Garnacha (mixture of cooking water and oil)
Oil: Casa Alongos
Wine: Casa Alongos
Bread: Casa Alongos
Global Experience: Casa Alongos
In addition to the octopus, which was very correct, it is also to value the family treatment of people who deal daily with many pilgrims on the premises. The kindness and care they put into the details are noticed.
Do you know where is part of the difference in the global experience? different menu and with organic products and proximity. Have you ever seen restaurants of all of life on the Camino de Santiago taking care of vegan customers more than a mixed salad? Casa Alongos offers several and rich options to please all kinds of clients.
Note: we have to tell you that less than a week later we returned to Melide and repeated in two of the three restaurants mentioned in the post: A Garnacha and Casa Alongos. Now you draw your own conclusions from our opinion.