Spanish Restaurants in Pereira

It can be hard to find good Spanish food in Colombia, but luckily there are a few excellent Spanish restaurants in Pereira.

 

Hispania

Hispania is owned by two men from Spain who make delicious food and provide excellent service. Our first visit was on a Friday night and started with a French onion soup and champiñones gratinados (mushrooms and shrimp topped with melted cheese).

French onion soup at Hispania in Pereira, Colombia

French onion soup

Champiñones gratinados at Hispania in Pereira, Colombia

Champiñones gratinados

We each had fish for our main course. Marisol had a salmon dish while I had whitefish topped with seafood and an Italian sauce. We couldn’t have been happier with the experience. It cost COP$120,000 after tip.

Salmon at Hispania in Pereira, Colombia

Salmon

Whitefish at Hispania in Pereira, Colombia

Whitefish

On a second visit, we were with a group of 10. The owner suggested some tapas dishes to share paired with a few bottles of wine. Some of the group shared paella, which was incredible. Everyone was happy with the meal, and our group nominated it as their favorite meal on their trip to Colombia.

Paella at Hispania in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Paella

Jumbo shrimp at Hispania in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Jumbo shrimp

 

El Mesón Español

El Mesón Español, a bit further away from the action, has amazing Spanish food and a few tapas dishes. We had paella and a seafood stew. Both plates were huge, enough for two people, so I would recommend sharing. With limonada de coco (coconut lemonade) and tip, it came out to COP$88,000. The only negative was the service. It took about 15 minutes before anyone noticed we were there to give us a menu and they weren’t very attentive after that.

Caldozo de Mariscos at El Mesón Español in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Caldozo de Mariscos

Paella de Mariscos at El Mesón Español in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Paella de Mariscos

 

Vuestro

Located at the Jardines de la Alhambra boutique hotel, Vuestro restaurant specializes in tapas and paella. The tapas dishes are bigger than what I’m used to, and three dishes was enough for the two of us for dinner.

Vuestro, Jardines de la Alhambra, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Vuestro

Vuestro, Jardines de la Alhambra, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Vuestro

We had a selection of Spanish meats and cheese, eggplants topped with cheese and a sweet tomato sauce, and octopus over mashed potatoes. Everything was excellent but the octopus was a bit salty. With two glasses of wine and tip, it came out to about COP$140,000, which we thought was quite pricy.

Spanish meats and cheese at Vuestro, Jardines de la Alhambra, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Spanish meats and cheese

Eggplant and octopus at Vuestro, Jardines de la Alhambra, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Eggplant and octopus

%d bloggers like this: