With only 1 night in Cadiz, we were determined to find some Spanish seafood delights. Io, H, Kim & I set out for the main part of town. Wandering along the coastline, the Moroccan influence was evident in the buildings, and we realize that we really are quite close to the African countryside.
We wandered around for what seemed like hours ... the quaint little streets were lacking much action, let alone the promise of delicious coastal treats.
Kim spots some stools down a little alley so we head on down. Ahah, this place is full of families enjoying a late lunch, young couples having a beer on the street and everything in between. We approach the little window facing the street and order some beers.
There's a menu etched in tiles just by the window, so we just start picking some things. First up, potatoes & aioli. Chunks of steamed potatoes are mixed with a pungent garlic mayonnaise, so creamy with a good hit of lemon and finished with some fresh chopped herbs.
Next up, the Russian Salad. They love this dish in Spain, we seen it on almost every menu! Potatoes smashed up with olives, boiled eggs & mayonnaise. The Spanish version also has the addition of tuna. Little domes of salad sit perched on the plate and are blanketed in another layer of the rich mayonnaise.
Now for the seafood ... Fried baby squid, wow! These little Puntillitas even sound beautiful in Spanish. The plate arrives and we realize just how baby these little squid are. I think there are hundreds, in a light seasoned flour which have been fried to golden perfection and are served with a big wedge of lemon. Each little squid would only be the size of my thumbnail, but as you bite into them the flavor, oh my - the ink sack explodes and fills the mouth with a salty sea fresh flavor. Amazing!
We each have our own croquette, it was as pretty as could be, perfectly fried with a cascading mayonnasie & rich tomato sauce topping with a few little potato fries on the side. I can't remember what was inside the croquette, but I do remember it tasted incredible.
We order some tuna lomo, not to sure what to expect. What comes out, chunks of vinegar brined tuna that have been crumbed and fried. Quite unusual, but the more I ate it the more I liked it ....
It may have taken a while to find something to eat in Cadiz, but what we stumbled across was a true gem!
Cervecería - Marisquería Aurelio
Calle Zorrilla, 1
Cádiz, Cádiz 11004