Trying out Tapas at Doze Restaurant Premium Bar in Salamanca, Spain
Coming from my quick trip to Madrid to fix my travel documents (after my fateful and unforgettable Avila experience), I headed back to Castilla y Leon. But instead of going back to Avila, I headed to Salamanca, where our group stayed for two nights.
NH Salamanca Palacio de Castellanos
Upon arriving at the bus station, I hailed a cab and proceeded to NH Salamanca Palacio de Castellanos (hotel info) to wait for the rest of our tour group who was still touring around. I had some time to spare, so I proceeded to my hotel room to leave my luggage and freshen up.
Convent of St Stephen in Plaza del Concilio de Trento
I immediately fell in love with our hotel! Its location was perfect, and was near many of the tourist spots in Salamanca. It was also just right in front of Plaza del Concilio de Trento, where the St. Stephen Monastery was located.
Doze Restaurante Premium Bar
Doze Restaurant Premium Bar in Salamanca
The rest of the group arrived, and from our hotel, we walked towards Plaza de la Isla de la Rúa. Our destination: the Doze Restaurante Premium Bar for dinner. We had reserved tables inside the restaurant, but we asked to be seated al fresco since we were blessed with lovely weather that night.
Bread and Butter
Bread was served while we waited for our orders. Annita and I feasted on the bread, but we both realized we preferred having butter with it. We quickly became butter buddies!
Ensalada Templada con Pasas y Nueves
Our dinner was a series of Tapas that we got to try out. For starters, they served us Ensalada Templada con Pasas y Nueves – a warm salad with mesclun, crispy bacon, croutons, raisins and walnuts. The salad comes with honey and balsamic dressing.
Surtido de Embutidos Ibericos de Guijuelo
Next was Surtido de Embutidos Ibericos de Guijuelo, a spread of assorted Iberian corn-fed products from Guijuelo. I just loved the taste of their iberico ham from Guijuelo, which is known the world over for the hams that they produce. Guijuelo in the meat processing world is what Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Toro are to the world of wine.
Iberian corn-fed Ham
The third plate we had was Bolsita de Foie y Queso de Cabra con Cebolla Caramelizada, a pastry stuffed with foie gras, caramelized onions and goat cheese. I never thought foie gras and goat cheese went well perfectly until I tasted this ingenious dish.
Bolsita de Foie y Queso de Cabra con Cebolla Caramelizada
Next was Alcachofas Braseadas con Jamon Iberico de Guijuelo mi cuit y aceite de trufa, or artichokes cooked with truffle oil with Iberian ham and mi-cuit on the side. The name is a mouthful – just like the artichokes themselves.
Alcachofas Braseadas con Jamon Iberico de Guijuelo mi cuit y aceite de trufa
Mini Hamburguesa de Ternera con Salsa de Foie y Setas
Last, we were served Mini Hamburguesa de Ternera con Salsa de Foie y Setas. These are mini burgers with foie gras and wild mushrooms. The burgers are cute and fun to look at, but they pack big flavor and taste really good!
Surtido de Postres Caseros
To cap off the dinner, our sweet ending was Surtido de Postres Caseros, an assortment of homemade desserts. Imagine chewy brownies, silver and gold colored macarons, chocolate balls and assortment of cheesecakes… thats sweetness overload isn’t it?
White Wine from Grupo Yllera
Of course, white and red wine were served all throughout the meal. In Salamanca, every wine bottle is a clamor of exciting countryside. Salamanca’s wines pay tribute to famous lines by French writer Alexandre Dumas: “Wine is the intellectual part of the meal, meats are merely the material part.”
View from our Dinner Table
Overall, it was the perfect meal. The tapas we enjoyed were filling but not too heavy. The service was unbelievably quick and efficient, considering that the house was full when we arrived.
For a relaxed but exquisite meal in Salamanca, Doze Restaurante Premium Bar is definitely a must-try!