Sunday, March 30, 2014

Tapas/Raciones Dinner at Konig - Placa de la Independencia Girona: Jamon Iberico and Queso Fundido con Tomate

Perhaps not the best dinner when I was in Girona but still enjoyable because of its ambiance. When in Spain I rarely eat full meals because the Spanish love to eat morsels and little portions of food (tapas, raciones, montaditos, pinchos) throughout the day and into the night. My kind of eating style really.

In order for you not to get confused on the differences of these. A tapa is a small bite like a snack, while raciones are small portions of a dish and served on a plate. Montaditos on the other hand are little bread bites with something on top and pinchos (also spelled as pintxos) are bites or snack served on a stick.

Tapas/Raciones Dinner at Konig
Website: Konig

On my first night in Girona last November, I was craving for jamon. I settled myself at the Placa de la Independencia (Independence Square) also known as the Placa de Sant Augusti because the former convent of Sant Augusti was housed here. The square is a central place in the city where people gather during the day and into the night.

Konig, a German-Spanish restaurant with roots in Girona since 1973 has a nice terrace ambiance so I picked this among the many choices. Yep, I can be shallow at times, but I did check their menu and they have jamon iberico, so that should suffice.

The evening was not cold at all, quite mild for early winter and for someone from the north like me but the restaurants on the square have placed heaters proactively on the outdoor terraces. In Europe people always want to sit and eat outside. If the temperatures are bearable and coupled with the reinforcement of an outside heater, the terraces will naturally stay open. This is partially true in Eastern Europe. The terraces stay open even during winter.

I ordered a local red wine and a jamon iberico which was served with a plate of pan con tomate. I also added a small portion of 4 cheeses: queso fundido con tomate, just to try.

Jamon Iberico, this is good but the bellotas are the best still.

4 melted cheeses with tomatoes.

I am sticking with jamon iberico but I might let go of the melted queso next time unless they are not cooked, but then I would prefer a manchego please.

This dinner in my book is 3.7 stars out of 5.

Placa de la Independecia in Girona

Some pictures of the plaza at night and its neoclassical buildings and gallery on the collonaded square. Beautiful here.

The porticoes of the Placa de la Independencia are now home to cafes and restaurants.

Great place to hang out during the day and night.

Travel Period: November 2013
Destination: Girona (Girona - Catalonia), Spain

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