Santiago de Compostela is a small town so new restaurant openings are quite big news. This summer we visited A Maceta and Auga e Sal, two different concepts.
A Maceta, informal dining
A Maceta opened last June in the up and coming San Pedro neighbourhood, with the young and active Jorge Gago in the kitchen. Right now it’s more like a tapas bar although after the summer there is a project to add a proper restaurant at the back. It has a lovely patio which is perfect for the Galician summer – a little sun and a little shade, because, you know, rain!
The tapas menu is simple and informal, with classics such as croquettes, fish empanada, patatas bravas, octopus, scallops, all of them with a modern twist. We particularly love the bravas, which are well fried and with a real spicy tomato sauce, and the fried squid wa bao, which is a twist on a traditional Spanish sandwich. Prices range from 4€ to 15€, and a meal should cost you around 20€ plus drinks, depending on how many are sharing.
Auga e Sal, on rúa Fonte de San Antonio, is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the most interesting restaurants in town. Jorge was there a couple of weeks ago meeting Alberto, the owner, and we can’t wait to go back together!
The restaurant is focused on Galician contemporary cuisine, served in a cozy atmosphere. Their usuzubiche (a mix between an usuzukuri and a cebiche) of Galician fish is impressive, like their mackerel cured in salt, sugar and sumac, served with pickled vegetables and dots of Sriracha-like sauce, or the grilled tiny squids. The desserts are nice too -think fig ice cream with apricot gel and Armagnac-infused roasted cherries. Now clean the drool on your keyboard.
A meal at Auga e Sal costs around 40-45€ per person (plus wine), and they offer two tasting menus at 31,50€ and 50,50€ which you can complete with the corresponding wine flight (10€ and 18€ respectively).
Auga e Sal will be closed for holidays from the 21st to the 28th of August – just in case you were thinking of going there you’d better do it now or wait a week 😉