El Lechuguita is the most popular tapas bar in Ronda, Spain. And for good reason: here they serve delicious tapas for under €1 each.
El Lechuguita is located in the center of Ronda, just 2 minutes away from Puente Nuevo (the reason why people come to Ronda in the first place).
El Lechuguita tapas bar has a very special atmosphere. They serve traditional Spanish tapas that are no different than Seville’s tapas, but way cheaper.
Although Ronda doesn’t host as many tourists as Seville, it gets pretty crowded here as well, especially at El Lechuguita bar. It doesn’t matter if it’s for lunch or dinner there is always a line at this tapas bar.
We actually got into El Lechuguita bar after 20 minutes of waiting in line. I guess if you come right at the opening time you won’t have to wait as much, but we were sightseeing and forgot about time.
El Lechuguita has tables inside the restaurant and outside across the street as well.
The service at this tapas bar is efficient. They don’t really speak English here, but we were offered an English menu and managed just fine.
One thing I found extremely interesting is that you select all the tapas you want by marking up a paper menu. It reminded me very much of ordering dim sum in Hong Kong!
As for drinks you have to go up to the bar yourself and ask for what you want. Tell the bartender your table number and he’ll hand you your drinks.
Here are some of the tapas that we really liked:
Tapa Del Dia
This is tapa of the day. We decided to take a risk and try a secret tapa. It ended up to be a good decision. The tapa of the day was a slice of cured meat placed on marinated peppers and a long, flat cracker.
These are meatballs. They were served in a tomato sauce with a slice of bread.
Anchoas Con Tomate
Anchovies with tomatoes. This tapa is a cracker with an anchovy and salmorejo between. It is quite a small tapa, but pretty delicious if you are a fan of fish.
Carrillera En Salsa
Pork cheeks in sauce. It served as a mini burger filled with very tender meat. It was one of my favorites.
Champiñones A La Plancha
Grilled mushrooms it says on the menu, but really the mushrooms were rather sauteed in garlic oil than grilled. Anyway, they were very good.
Garbanzo, Chorizo Y Morcilla
Chickpea, paprika sausage and black pudding. Chickpeas were very creamy and it is a good way to try Ronda black pudding in a small quantity. But I found that the whole dish is quite heavy.
Trufa Cod Huevo
Quail Eggs with truffle puree served on a slice of bread. Interesting dish, although I would add a bit of salt to it.
Jamón Con Roquefort
Ham and roquefort cheese served as a mini sandvich (similar to an arepa).
Mussels, pate. This tapa is served on a cracker covered with a pate of mussels and a big juicy mussel on top of it. Pretty good I must say and this tapa is not for sharing. Pretty much everything that is served on a cracker is one person tapa.
Queso Cabra Con Frambuesa
Goat cheese with raspberry jam served on a small slice of bread. It is a onebite tapa full of strong amazing flavour.
Salmon with roquefort cheese served as a mini sandwich (same as Jamon Con Roquefort). At first I didn’t understand why the waiter brought two of the same things for me, until I saw that the filling was different.
Boquerones En Vinagre
Anchovies in vinaigrette. This was my second favorite. I just love marinated fish. The anchovies were served with olives, a cornichon, and thin french fries.
Russian Salad. The salad was pretty good, but I would like flat crackers with it. P.s. what the Spanish call Russian salad is nothing like real Russian salad, but it is tasty nonetheless.
Ventresca Con Atun
Canned tuna on a cracker. Salmorejo (cold tomato bread soup) between.
Bacalao Con Tomate
Cured Cod on a cracker with salmorejo between as well.
Hours: Every day except Wednesday the restaurant is open from 12 PM to 4 PM and from 8 PM to 11PM; on Wednesday just from 12 PM to 4 PM
Prices: all the tapas above were €0.9 each; a glass of beer is €1.10
Official website: El Lechuguita has a facebook page