In September 2018, Samuel and his friends set out on an epic driving trip from Alcaidesa (near Gibraltar) to Angouleme (in the Charante region of France), to go the annual ‘Circuits Des Remparts’ Historic car racing festival. The 1,000 mile journey required an overnight stop, so an Air BnB was arranged in the city of Burgos.
When arriving, Trip Advisor was studied to find the nearest decent restaurant. Less than 100 metres away was the restaurant ‘Abadengo’, rated ’the 114th best restaurant in Burgos’. The overall rating was 4/5 so the decision was made. All Samuel can say is that if this was only rated 114th, the the rest must be stunning!
Abandengo is very bright and attractive and very busy! (Always a good sign!) Despite this, the service was very good, the group were seated very quickly and soon had a couple of bottles of local wine, which was excellent and great value.
Burgos is famous across Spain for Morcilla (Black pudding) which is partly made from rice and is delicious. The group chose this and a few other tapas dishes for starters. As expected, the Morcilla was excellent! Served with peppers it was fabulous, as were the 'Patatas Bravas' (sautéd potatoes with a spicy sauce).
The two highlights of the main course were the ‘Carrillada de Ibérico en su Jugo’ (Pork cheeks) which was judged to be superb.
The second and best dish (chosen by Samuel) was the ‘Carpaccio De wagyu’ (Wagyu Carpaccio sprinkled with cubes of 'Foie Gras’) which is one of the best dishes he has ever had, it was just incredible! The taste was exquisite, just fabulous! Beautiful tender beef lightly covered with a delicate but piquant oil, sprinkled generously with 'taste bombs’ of the finest pate. Truly a memorable dish.
The meal was finished off with a selection of excellent desserts and more wine, much enjoyed by the group. If ever Samuel is near Burgos again, he will be heading to Abadengo.