Recently, while out exploring Barrio Salamanca, we found ourselves in a familiar situation: stomachs grumbling. We asked ourselves: Where should we go for dinner tonight?
After a few minutes of indecisive debate, we began our quest in search of a restaurant to appeal to all palates. As we journeyed off the main drag of Goya, we happened across a surprising restaurant nestled on a side street by the name of Tierra del Queiles. We noticed immediately that it was brimming with locals and could smell delicious aromas wafting out from the kitchen inside. After taking a quick glance at the menu, our curiosities peaked, we went inside and were greeted by the owner. As he showed us to our table, we excitedly eyed the plates of other patrons, eager to order and dig in…
Named in honor of the Queiles river that runs in the north-eastern part of Spain known as Navarre, Tierra del Queiles pays homage to the culinary tradition of this region with a menu of natural ingredients and unmistakable flavor. A diverse wonderland of cuisine and viticulture, Navarre’s terrain ranges from forested hills beneath the snow-capped Pyrenees Mountains, to the sunny banks of Ebro. However, vegetables are really Navarra’s forte, with many renowned varieties such as pimientos de piquillo, sweet red peppers and asparagus that is sought after by chefs from all over Spain. The distinct flavors from the diverse terrain are reflected in the gastronomy at Tierra del Queiles and at the heart of the cuisine are the quality ingredients and produce sourced directly from the agricultural markets in Cascante and Tudela.
Tierra del Queiles Menu
The menu itself stays true to its Navarre roots and offers a variety of dishes sure to satisfy any craving. The starter menu offers half or full rations intended to be shared; amongst some of the favorites we tried were the Tabla de quesos Navarros as well as the Croquetas con queso idiazábal – both of which featured traditional cheeses from Navarre (delicious!).
Moving on to the vegetable centric dishes, some of the must-try house specialties include the Menestra de veduras, a typical vegetable dish from the region, as well as the Pencas de acelga rellenas de idiazábal, which is scrumptious combination of chard stalks, idiazábal cheese and iberian ham melted together to perfection. For those who prefer a more hearty dish, the Costillas de cordero navarro con pimentos asados (lamb cuties with roasted peppers) or the Raviolis de perdiz rosa con trufa (partridge raviolis with truffle sauce) are both irresistible and set the tastebuds alight.
To finish, what meal would be complete without dessert? We particularly enjoyed the Tarta chocolate con helado de turrón and the torrija con crema de calabaza, the latter of which we ordered in advance as recommended by the menu. As was with the rest of the food we sampled, dessert did not disappoint and we ate every last bite!
In short, Tierra del Queiles is a delightful local spot that offers a lively atmosphere, friendly and attentively service, but most importantly, excellent cuisine. It is definitely worth checking out for those who are food connoisseurs or are simply seeking to broaden their horizons.