In the guest house where we stayed in Cuenca we asked the owner for suggestions of a "tapas and cañas" bar (tapas and beers) worth visiting. His suggestion was a success! He mentioned the Bodeguilla de Basilia and, even though it is a little bit far from the old part of town, it was worth the effort.
The place is tiny, decorated with old household items and pictures of the village. In the back there is a small dining hall, but the real soul of the bar lies at the counter. It is quite difficult to get a place there, and the lucky ones who succeed smile in triumph and won't let it go easily. With every drink you order you get an "appetizer". We got a bowl of "cocido" soup that was really good. The second one was an enormous plate of "little delights". Since we had a privileged spot at the counter we decided to go for a second round, enjoying this time a cup of potatoes with meat and then fried baby squid ("chipirones"), delicious! We tried ordering a third round but they told us that the kitchen was about to close (it was 4 pm), so we left with a happy stomach and our thirst quenched to follow the cultural route through the lovely province of Cuenca.
With this tasting menu € 20 you can try many dishes such as morteruelo, the zarajos or ajoarriero, as well as other dishes, such as salad, soup, lamb, i dessert. And best of all, you can enjoy all in full square with cathedral views.
You will find this restaurant in the old town of Cuenca in an old house. The interior has a modern rustic decor where they eat typical local dishes, but in a new kitchen. Highlights deer meatballs. ***
After having visited the source of Mundo River (spectacular, by the way), the best way to continue the excursion is to taste a little bit of the local gastronomy. We had thought of going back to the village and having something there but, as it was already lunch time and it was starting to get late, we decided to go inside the Mesón Sierra Alta since it looked very appealing.
The first good surprise was that Calamaro's music was playing when we came in. Everything looked good. The place has a rural style with fabulous taste. It not only looked good but it also started to smell good... We dug in: a small salad, a little bit of "morteruelo" (sort of meat paté), a little bit of "ajo arriero" (garlic, salt cod, and potatoes turned into a thick paste). They recommended the "migas" (made of breadcrumbs, olive oil, grapes and pork) and then we had some barbecued chops... Yummy...
It was a delicious meal, oh yes. A reliable choice if you happen to be in the area. You won't regret the opportunity of enjoying the local gastronomy at a very good price for what you get.
The Convent of San Pablo Restaurant has a location in Huécar Gorge. It is made of glass in an old chapel and has become a café that combines traditional elements with modern details such as wicker, leather and upholstery. It has conference rooms, a bar and a dining room decorated nicely. It offers seasonal dishes that highlights the morteruelo, the ratatouille with pork loin and roasts. About 200 people can fit in the restaurant at full capacity.
Still Meson Restaurant is located in the old town of Cuenca. A variety of regional dishes are offered, with the most recommended being roasts, meat and game. The on-site restaurant has a cafeteria, terrace, heating, air conditioning, parking, disabled access. It can accommodate 30 people.
Located in the old town, this restaurant offers the delights of traditional cooking mixed with a light touch of the best cuisine. Diners will delight in the best home cooking. The place also features many luxuries including a Snack bar, private dining room, terrace, disabled access and heating systems and air conditioning.
The Restaurant Togar (Cuenca - Cuenca - Spain) is the oldest of the city, in a room decorated in the old style. It offers varied dishes and a variety of wine from the region. Some are: Scrambled home ajoarriero, livers with peppers, oxtail, chuletilla of lamb, and for dessert, pudding and pineapple and chocolate mousse.