Am I exaggerating to say that it is worth stopping in Burgos just to try this beer? Yes, yes, I know, the real reason is the Cathedral but the risk of sounding superficial, you can eat some great tapas and leave with a great memory of the Gothic art. Well, that happened to me and it would make particular impressions here. We ordered a sausage kebabs and I would definetely order them again! As almost everyone has highlighted here, unless you have had any 'bad' luck, this site is good, nice (take great care presentation) and dirt cheap. Quick service even though it is true that he was at the top and it was a weekday! I mean, I do not want to imagine what will be a Sunday. Anyway, about the places recommended and this, of course it is.
Casa Ojega is an institution in Burgos and it's widely thought to have the best "lechazo" (oven-roasted lamb) in the city. The restaurant originally opened in 1912 and has been serving up hearty Castillian cuisine like roast lamb, cocido (a garbanzo stew popular in inland Spain), ox tail, and Burgos' own morcilla blood sausage ever since.
The downstairs part of the restaurant is a sprawling tapas bar where you can stop by to grab a glass of wine and a quick appetizer, but if you're interested in trying the lamb (which you should be), make sure to call a few days ahead of time and reserve a table in the historic upstairs dining room.
We got the quail pate for starters which was both savory and light and then ordered a "lechazo" and salad to split. Every morning, dozens of lamb legs are par-roasted for hours in the restaurant's traditional wood-fire ovens and then they are finished in the oven to order. They're given a light treatment with just seasoning and perhaps a little white wine so that the natural flavor of the lamb can shine through. And God is it good. The lamb was juicy and unctuous and the skin was wonderfully crisp and smoky from the oven. The side salad is a simple affair of lettuce, onions, and vinegar designed to clean your palate between bites of the fatty lamb.
One lamb leg, salad, a nice bottle of Ribera de Duero wine, and starter came out to around 75 euros, a bit on the pricey side but nothing out of this world for a hearty lunch in Burgos' most famous restaurant. I 100% recommend it!
Juarreño is one of the most popular bakeries in the city of Burgos, especially due to its specialty: Chocolates, whether in the form of chocolates, or chocolate mousses. Highlights include chocolate-mousse with nuts and new flavors. It is high quality pastry and also very creative, as you can see in the photos that accompany. It is tough for me to advise on their pastries because every single one is exquisite, but as they approach the holidays, you absolutely must try one of the craftsmen nougat (almond, hazelnut, baileys, cherry and white chocolate, etc..). Prepare your pocket though because the high quality also means that it comes at a high price (to give you an idea, an artisan chocolate bar out between 12 and 15 euros, depending on weight). Besides pastry cafe Juarreño has coffees, teas and specialty chocolates and some gourmet candy. If you go to Burgos, be sure to try the three places that have Juarreño in the capital.
This is a great place with a great price. There are often a lot of people but everyone was comfortable both standing at the bar or seated at tables. If I return to Burgos I will without a doubt visit this place. I'm doing this review to give you an idea of what it was like. I ate an ox burger for 3.50€ and it was very good. "La parejita" (pictured) was also good but the peppers were rather spicy.
The Lagar de Isilla Restaurant is perhaps the most famous restaurant in Aranda de Duero to have "lechazo," lamb quarters roasted whole in a clay-fire oven and served in their own delicious juices. Lunch is a complicated affair so I'd recommend making reservations ahead of time. Or, if you're a heavy diner like me, you can usually find a place for dinner since most Spaniards prefer light dinners and don't opt for lechazo at night.
We started by sampling some of their recommended wines at the bar and munching on some pintxos while waiting for the table. We ordered grilled sweetbreads as a started and they were addictively good: sweet and creamy and unctuous. Perfection! Then the lechazo: we got a whole lamb leg roasted in the oven with bread and a simple salad of lettuce onions and a sharp vinaigrette which was perfect for cleaning your palate of the fatty lamb. It was one of the best meals I can remember. Dinner for two came out to be around 100 euros for the lechazo, sweetbreads, appetizers, and a bottle for very, very good regional wine. It's for special occasions, yes, but you can't leave Aranda de Duero without trying it!
The second spot we stopped in Burgos was Rimbombin, which is found in the same area at the Meson de Burgos (very close to the Plaza Mayor). This place is known for the Iberian toasted bread called "tomaca" (which is great), wine (also a couple of glasses of Ribera) a little more acidic than in the inn Burgos, but the price is also somewhat lower: Two Alpargatas (very rich) Iberian, for two skewers and two glasses of wine we only had to pay € 8.
With prices that aren't too expensive, the Tres Coronas de Silos Hotel & Restaurant is a good alternative for having a coffee or a beer while overlooking People's Square and the Church of San Pedro. They have a nice terrace as well as other points in its favor. The restaurant is in a medium-high priced hotel that seems to be the perfect place to stay during a romantic getaway. Just know that it's not the best place to enjoy typical Spanish food because it is kind of expensive and more geared toward being a hotel.
The food here wasn't bad, but but the price you pay I wouldn't return. It took them twenty minutes to take our order and we had to eat the goat dish with butter knives, they didn't even give us serrated knives.
The Casa Galín Restaurant is in the heart of a Burgos town called Covarrubias, specifically in the Plaza Doña Urraca #4. It's located in the same building as the Pension Galín of the same name, but has a separate entryway so that anyone who's visiting the Castilian town can sample its wonderful dishes. The restaurant's cuisine is very famous for being traditional and homemade Castilian. The restaurant has 2 dining rooms and its specialties are the roast suckling lamb, free range chicken fricassee, or potpourri. This restaurant appears in many food guides, such as Village Voice, Gourmetour Guide, Routard Guide, and the Guide to the good life of the Country.
The Mesón de la Villa is perhaps the first restaurant you'll see as you pass through the archway from the bridge to the historic center and the Plaza Mayor. It's a testament to traditional, home-style Arandino cuisine, based around seasonal ingredients, traditional flavors, and a home-away-from-home atmosphere.
The bar area is full of elderly locals swilling aperitifs and munching on ham, cheese, and seasonal wild mushrooms: a good sign. We opted to try a few tapas at the bar rather than a sit down meal and we were pleasantly surprised. We let the bartender suggest the wine and plates, which was good choice as we got a few off-menu items. We had minced chorizo with saffron milkcap mushrooms (a pricey, local variety called "niscalos" which are picked wild in the mountains), and a plate of lamb sweetbreads and oyster mushrooms that was just fantastic. To top it off, we had a plate of fire-red fried chorizos which left us quite full.
The prices are very reasonable (3 large plates plus wine for 30 euros) and the atmosphere is cozy and friendly. Everything you'd want from a mountain tavern! This is a great place to go if you're tired of "lechazo" and looking for something a bit cheaper but no less delicious.
In this restaurant attention to detail is paramount. They offer the best environment to sample the most exquisite seasonal cuisine. Serving innovative dishes that deserve to be enjoyed in a relaxed environment and aid your search to local the dishes with their origins. Recommendation: 24 of the Paloma, you will not regret the experience. It offers one of the most extensive wine cellars of Castile and Leon.
If you're in Aranda, your first stop for food should be getting some tasty "lechazo" (fire-roasted lamb) at one of the places on C/ Isilla in the historic center of Aranda. If you're in the mood for a snack and drink, though, try El Somatén in the Plaza Mayor. It's a casual pinchos place and, if you're not familiar with Spanish pinchos, the premise is simple: order whatever you'd like to drink and take whatever looks tasty off the platters lined up on the bar. Make sure to keep the pincho toothpicks for the bill at the end.
You're in Aranda, so make sure to order wine. I'd suggest the rosé ("rosado" in Spanish) which is just great. They had traditional-style pinchos including Spanish omelets, chistorra, fried pancetta, goat cheese and fruit jam, cured fish, and lots of cured meat. It's really cheap at only 1euro per glass or wine and only a tad more for the pinchos.