Gastronomy of Brihuega
Brihuega thrives on its traditional gastronomy from the Alcarrena region of Spain. Alcarrena is one of the largest green areas in Spain—a lush forested valley bordered by three rivers—the Hernares, Tajuna and Jarama.
The traditional dishes of the area take in the best the region has to offer—wild game meat and partridges (many restaurants cooking on a traditional oak wood fireplace) fresh produce grown in this lush valley and quality herbs that thrive in the dry climate are added to stews and slow cooked dishes. We can’t leave out the desserts—many of the desserts incorporate the natural honey and lavender grown in the area to make succulent sweet dishes.
So, with all the fresh ingredients in abundance, where should you head to try the local cuisine?
La Peña Bermeja
If you are looking for a quiet, unhurried evening in a garden setting and a beautiful environment you can’t go wrong by heading to La Peña Bermeja. They use ingredients from the area to create their own style that mixes traditional with a twist.
As I haven’t been able to try out all the restaurants in Brihuega, I asked La Peña Bermeja what its speciality is.
La Peña roasts or grills all their vegetables, meats and fish on an oak fireplace which brings out the best flavour possible.
They gave me a mouthwatering description of some of their desserts that use natural ingredients from the region. When I go I will try the chef’s personal favourite, which is lavender ice cream.
Reservation information for The Peña Bermeja
Telephone: 670 444 227
Asador El Tolmo
Another restaurant that comes highly recommended in the region is the Asador el Tolmo. The asador cooks traditional dishes from the interior of Spain. (even the name Asador gives you an indication that you will find numerous roasted meats on the menu as Asador means to barbeque or cook on a spit) One of the signature dishes of el Tolmo is bacalao alcarrena, which is cod fish in a tomato based stew. They also have the traditional tender kid (goat) roasted on a spit.
The Tolmo recommended one of the desserts—bizcocho borracho—which is translated as a “drunk cake." This is a sponge cake that is soaked in a liqueur—hard to go wrong with that!
Reservations for Asador El Tolmo
Telephone: (34) 949 28 11 30/ 676 15 68 23