After wandering around Hervás centre looking for a place for dinner we ended up in this little restaurant and it was a very good surprise. Read more about my impressions below and make sure you eat here when you visit Hervás.
Restaurante La Parrilla is a small, family-owned and centrally located restaurant near plaza de la Corredera. The place doesn’t look amazing from outside, and it was the menu based on traditional dishes that made us decide to go in.
Inside is an open area with high ceilings and simple decoration. The strongest points of this place are the food (which is always the most important thing, isn’t it?) and the service. The restaurant is owned by a friendly couple. The woman takes care of the clients with a smile and happily explained what zorongollo was. Yes, I’m from Extremadura and I didn’t know what that was. This explains how varied our food can be and how similar dishes have different names and versions from one town to another!
These are the courses we ordered:
Classic salad from northern Extremadura with roasted red peppers, onion (thin slices), salt, olive oil and vinegar.
Literally meaning ‘broken eggs’, this dish consists of fried eggs that are ‘broken’ at the very last step of the cooking so the yolk mixes with the other ingredients. In this case, hand cut chips, roasted peppers and a touch of pesto. This is the kind of food that looks very messy, but is delicious.
Bacalao con salsa de boletus y nueces
Roasted fillet of cod served with a wild mushroom and walnut sauce, pesto and sprinkled with paprika from the nearby La Vera area. One word: gorgeous.
This dish of humble origins is one of the most Extremaduran things you can try. The caldereta is a lamb casserole cooked slowly with onions, peppers, olive oil, white wine, paprika and other spices such as oregano or thyme. This one was served with hand cut chips.
We were absolutely stuffed after the main and decided not to have desserts (I know). The portions were huge, even the starters, so we couldn’t really eat more.
Instead, we had the always-a-good-option acorn liqueur.
We paid €51 in total, which I found very decent for the quality of the food we had.
|Location and how to get there|
|Address: Explanada Del Castillo S/N, Puebla de Alcocer
GPS coordinates: LAT 38.9786140877766 LON -5.256956173818935
How to get there from Mérida (117 km): Take the E-90-A-5 towards Madrid. Take exit 316 for N-430 towards Ciudad Real and continue for about 20 km. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit and stay on N-430 for 17 km. Turn right onto BAV-6348 (signs for camino de Servicio a la presa de Orellana), turn right onto EX115. At the roundabout continue straight onto EX103, then turn left onto EX350, stay on the EX350 and then turn left onto EX103, which till take you to Puebla de Alcocer.
How to get there from Trujillo (97 km): take the EX-208 (signs for Guadalupe) until you arrive to Zorita. In Avenida de Juan Carlos I turn right onto EX-355 and continue for 28 km. Then turn left onto N-430 (signs for Embalse de García Sola/Ciudad Real). After 20 km turn right onto BA-137 (signs for Casas de Don Pedro). When you arrive at Casas de Don Pedro continue onto Calle Z, turn right onto Avenida de la Constitución, turn right onto EX-103. This will take you to Puebla de Alcocer.
Once in Puebla de Alcocer, simply follow the signs to the castle.
Restaurante La Parrilla on a map
You may also like to read the article about Hervás’ Jewish legacy and what to see in the town.
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