Introducing ‘El Menu del Dia’, a Spanish Extravaganza of Eating

Oct 4, 2014.

Around 2:30 Mikey informed us that if we wanted lunch then we better start scouting around for some  place ‘soon’.

Fortunately, the first town we drove into had a charming restaurant packed with people, Mesón Casa Pepe.
Meson de Casa Pepe signThis little restaurant only served up the Menú del Dia, a three-course Spanish ‘comida‘ that is typically eaten around two o’clock in the company of friends and family. Once we were seated a basket full of bread and a full bottle of wine were plunked down on the table.
Meson de Pepe on the Ribeira Sacra of SpainMikey told us that there would have likely have been a bottle of wine even if there had been only one person having lunch. But as the Spanish go in for spending a good portion of their day eating with friends the chances that there would be only one person at a meal is pretty slim…

The Mesón didn’t have a printed menu so the waitress reeled off our choices in Spanish at a pace that was difficult to translate.

We all ordered Caldo for our first course as it was only dish in the list that we could figure out from the waitress’s rapid-fire description. Described as “un tipo de sopa (soup), típico de la región, con chorizo, jambon (ham), patatas (potatoes), fabas (didn’t know what they were but they turned out to be white beans) y verduras (greens, maybe cabbage?), it was delicioso if I do say.Meson de Casa Pepe Caldo El plato segunda(o) was also reeled off but we managed to figure out a bit more Spanish here. Al and Mikey had the Pork Ribs Churrasco
Meson de Casa Pepe churrasco de ternera…and me the Bacalao (cod).
Mesón de Casa Pepe on the Ribeira Sacra 'Menu del Dia' BacalaoFor dessert the options were Tarta de Queso (Cheesecake) and Flan de Huevos Caseros (Homemade Vanilla Pudding). We all opted for the Tarta de Queso.Mesón de Casa Pepe on the Ribeira Sacra 'Menu del Dia' Cheesecake All this, including a bottle of wine and a beer for Al, came to 13 Euros per person.

The only downside to this midday binge was the desire to take a siesta immediately afterwards…

I have previously spent time in Spain, but never managed to have this ‘extravaganza of eating’ experience before!

More about our October 2014 trip to northern Spain.

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