Benidorm Guide: The Menu
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Facing a menu written in Spanish can be daunting.
Here are some pointers that will help you order with confidence and lessen the gap between what you expect to eat and what the waiter brings to your table.
First understand that food can be ordered according to appetite. So, for example, a 'tapa' is a snack-size portion normally served with drinks whereas a 'raciónes' is full meal portion.
In between these extremes you could ask for a 'media ración' or a half a meal-size portion.. or large tapa!
Next up, what exactly are you ordering? Rest assured that Spanish cuisine is well established and re-known. Therefore, if it is on the menu it is probably delicious... to someone, not necessarily you.
For example almejas (clams). Almejas is a simple but delicious plate that you will find yourself swabbing the plate with your bread not to waste the sauce.
Quite distinct to the pickled cockles beloved of British coastal resorts.
On that note, here are the principal ingredient key words that are likely to appear on a Spanish menu, either alone or in a sentence.
alioli: garlic mayonnaise
chiperones: baby squid
callos: traditional (tripe) dish
carne en salsa: meat in tomato sauce
chorizo: traditional spanish sausage
empanadas: breaded meat fried
ensaladilla rusa: russian salad
gambas pil-pil: prawns in garlic and chilli
gazpacho: chilled 'salad' soup
huevo cocido: hard-boiled egg
jamón serrano: traditional cured ham
lomo: pork loin
navajas: razor clams
patatas bravas = spicy fried potatoes
pimientos: (green, red, yellow) peppers
pincho: skewer / kebab
rabo de toro: oxtail stew
riñones al jerez: kidneys in sherry
tortilla: potato omelette
queso manchego: sheep cheese