Thursday, 25 September 2014

Gloria Bendita restaurant review

After the Tower of Hercules, it was time to look for some lunch, though not a good time. It was almost 4pm. Most restaurants were already closed or were closing and were no longer serving lunch. Then, we saw Gloria Bendita.

Gloria Bendito in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain

They also looked as though they were in the midst of closing, but there was no harm in asking. We were told that, yes, they could serve us, but only fries, grills and cold dishes. The reason was that the kitchen staff have left (or were about to). Two men, presumably the owners, stayed behind. 

We were extremely grateful. We didn't feel like wasting more time looking for somewhere else and Gloria Bendita looks good. We were shown their "Pikoteo"menu, which was like a snacks menu, and, even then, not all dishes were available to us. Not much choice, but beggars can't be choosers.

Gloria Bendito in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
This menu was snapped with the mobile phone
Gloria Bendito in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain

This was the "raxo flambeado con patatas paja", which was flambé pork loin. Nothing extraordinary, but meat was fairly tender although I would have liked it to be a bit more cooked, and chips were great. Perfectly edible.

Gloria Bendito in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Piadina Romagnola
We liked this dish, but it was a shame that there wasn't much of it! Piadina is a thin Italian flatbread, typical of the Romagna region. It's not unlike the Mexican tortilla used in tacos, but while tacos are usually stuffed till overflowing, these piadinas are somewhat more subtle. Gloria Bendita offers them either stuffed with Stracchino cheese, Serrano ham and rucola, or Mascarpone cheese, salmon and capers.

I'll have to find a place here that serves these!

We also had the Parma ham croquettes, which were good, too, crispy on the outside, creamy in the inside. When all our dishes had been served, and we were seen to be happy with our food, the two guys sat down to eat. And, they brought us this...

Gloria Bendito in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain

Simply incredible. After making an effort to take us in, they even had the generosity to treat us with some cured ham! Astounding hosts.

Name: Gloria Bendita
Type: restaurant, tapas, romantic, Italian
Location: Comandante Barja 2; 15004 A Coruña
Verdict: Highly recommended!