This is basically a “bookmark” post until I can do a proper tapas stop next time I’m in Córdoba. We stumbled on El Gallo quite by accident while heading back to the hotel one night, and I knew as soon as I saw it that it was My Kind Of Bar. But it was late and we had an early morning, so I had to make do with a brief “between bars” visit the next day, stopping in for a quick midday fino.
El Gallo is the only one remaining of three that were originally opened in the 1930s, with their own small bodega (still existing) supplying finos and olorosos from the DO Montilla Moriles. The atmosphere and style of that time has been preserved in the bar, which seems very much one for the locals. Normally I’d hang out at the bar, but our feet were tired from a long morning spent at the Madinat al-Zahra so we opted to sit at a table in the back section. There I became intrigued by the little “call buttons” above each table, which I presumed were no longer in service. But when I made this comment to one of the waiters he gave me a demonstration – they still work loud and clear! Though the fellow at the next table, clearly a regular, said that the waiters hate them and prefer you to just shout PEPE!!!!! in the direction of the bar. Heh.
The tapas coming out of the kitchen looked great (traditional gambas, bacalao frito, flamenquín, etc) and I am looking forward to going back.
Maria Cristina 6
Tel 957 471 780
Food ? | Wine 8 | Service 8 | Ambiance 9