I have to admit that O Vello Cabalo Furado is a regular haunt when we're in Tui, as it is for the locals, but that's for a reason. Why would you go elsewhere when you can eat so well for so little (we tried eating elsewhere once to save two euros, but we regretted it, and we tried eating somewhere more expensive, and regretted that as well)? We've got into the Spanish habit of making a choice from the set daytime menu our main meal of the day, that's a starter and main course and wine/water and coffee/dessert at just EUR 9.50. At first sight, the place doesn't look like much, you'll probably think you've walked into a community centre by mistake, but persevere. The starters are not only delicious but they are often meals in themselves and the main course will definitely fill any empty spaces you might have left over. But it's not about quantity, of course, it's all good stuff just like your grandmother used to make, if she was Galician, using local produce and imagined she was competing for a culinary prize. You'll also have a choice of traditional dishes and desserts and the house wine isn't to be sniffed at either. My Galician family in law all had the Caldo Galego, a traditional meat, bean and vege soup for the starter while I had the Lentejas Vegetales (vege and brown lentil soup) and for the main course, two of us had two different traditional meat dishes (I dunno what they were, I'm a pisco-vegetarian, but my brother-in-law, who used to be a restaurant manager himself, said that the meat was exceptionally succulent), mum-in-law had the merluza al plancha (grilled hake) and I had raya a la galego (ray in typical red pepper oil). All served with home-made boiled potatoes or chips. My only criticism would be that, like the rest of Spain, they seem to think that a bit of salad by the main course serves as vege, so use the starters to get your fibre intake. And then the dessert! One of the owners fancies himself as an artist, and his talent isn't limited to the art on the wall. As well as tremendous Tarta de Santiago, Tarta de Queso, etc, you might also be treated to a few experiements. To sum up, if you want to fill-up healthily on meals you would normally expect in an exclusive establishment for a budget price, come here.
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