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¿Hay tapitas? Is there tapas? Below you will find a useful guide to the vocabulary and phrases that you might need in the bars and restaurants of Granada. Grab the bull by the horns and go for it!
First off, let’s start with the drinks.
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Bebidas - Drinks
Agua con gas/natural
Sparkling water/still water
Agua del grifo
Con hielo/sin hielo
With ice/without ice
Cerveza – caña, tubo, quinto, tercio
Beer – small glass, medium glass, small bottle 20/25 ml., medium bottle 33 cl. The local beer is Alhambra.
Beer and lemonade – essentially the Spanish equivalent to shandy and a great option on a hot day.
Local non-alcoholic wine
Tinto de Verano
A refreshing summer drink of red wine and lemonade. Similar strength to beer. Can be made in house or bought in so it varies from bar to bar.
Red wine/white wine/rosé
Una copa/una botella de vino
A glass/a bottle of wine
Zumo de naranja (natural)/piña/manzana/pera/melocotón
Juice, orange (freshly squeezed)/pinapple/apple/pear/peach
Carne - Meat
Cordero – paletilla or pierna
Lamb – shoulder or leg
Potato croquettes often made with jamón
Habas con jámon
Broad beans and cured ham
Jamón Serrano (curado)/York (cocido)
Lomo de cerdo
Black pudding/sausage (pictured above)
Meat (or veg) on skewers
Cold tomato soup with cured ham and boiled egg
Pescados y mariscos - Fish & seafood
Anchovies in sweet vinegar or small fried fish
Calamares frito/a la plancha
Russian salad of vegetables, potato, tuna and mayonnaise
The famous Spanish rice dish which will often include meat and seafood
Tapas vegetarianas y verduras - Vegetarian tapas & vegetables
Aceite de oliva
Berenjenas con miel
Scrumptiously thin sliced and fried aubergine drizzled with molasses
Cold tomato soup. Very refreshing in the summer.
Migas (pictured above)
Flour or breadcrumbs lightly fried with garlic – may be served with chorizo or boquerones
Patatas a lo pobre
Poor man’s potatoes – a delicious andalucían dish of potatoes fried with peppers and onions in lashings of olive oil
Potatoes in spicy tomato sauce
Spanish omelette (with potatoes)
Other useful words & phrases
Roasted/baked in oven
A la plancha
Cubiertos – cuchillo, tenedor, cuchara
Cutlery – knife, fork, spoon
Plate, little plate
¡Ponme una caña!**
Get me a beer!
Sal y pimienta
Salt and pepper
¡Traeme la cuenta!
Bring me the bill
Notes on the language
*Copa not Vaso. Vaso is the word for glass, but when asking for a glass of wine it is more correct to say “una copa de vino tinto”
Spanish is a very direct language in this sense. In England it might seem rude, but here in Spain it would be considered a little strange if you were to constantly use the ultra polite form I would like… “Me gustaría una copa de vino blanco” when ordering.
Good luck with this one. It is quite liberating when you get into your stride.
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