Basic Restaurant Menu Dictionary

Alcachofas con jamón - Fried artichokes with cured ham.

Alitas de pollo - Fried chicken wings.

Bistec - Steak.

Brocheta de cerdo - Cubes of pork on skewers.

Buey - Beef.

Cerdo Iberico - Iberian black pig.

Chistorra - Thin spicy cured sausage.

Chorizo - Spanish spicy cured sausage.

Chuletas de cerdo - Pork chops.

Chuletas de cordero - Lamb chops.

Chuletas de ternera - Veal chops.

Cochinillo asado - Roast suckling pig.

Cocido madrileño - Classic Madrid chick pea stew.

Codorniz - Quail.

Cordero al chilindrón - Lamb stew with onions, tomatoes, peppers, garlic and chilies.

Cordoniz - Quail.

Costillas - Ribs.

Filete de pollo - Chicken steak.

Filetes rusos - Fried flattened hamburgers.

Filete de ternera - Beef steak.

Jabalí - Wild boar.

Jamón de york - Cooked ham.

Jamón serrano - Cured ham.

Lacón a la gallega - Pieces of boiled pork leg with sweet paprika and oil.

Lechon - Same as cochinillo.

Lengua guisada - Veal tongue stew.

Liebre estofada - Jugged hare.

Lomo - Pork loin.

Lomo adobado - Marinated loin of pork.

Lomo embuchado - Cured loin of pork.

Magro con tomate - Pork in tomato sauce.

Mollejas de cordero - Fried lamb sweetbreads.

Mollejas de ternera - Calf sweetbreads.

Morros de vaca - cows' lips.

Muslo de pollo - Chicken thigh.

Oreja a la plancha - Diced pork ear cooked over a hot iron.

Panceta - Grilled pork belly.

Perdiz - Partridge.

Pincho moruno - Pork skewers marinated with garlic and parsley.

Pollo al ajillo - Fried chicken with garlic.

Pollo asado - Roast chicken.

Redondo de ternera - Stewed veal roti.

Rosbif - Roast beef.

Salchichas - Frankfurter style sausages.

Salchichón - Spanish salami cold cut sausage.

San Jacobo - Fried breadcrumbed cooked ham with a cheese filling.

Solomillo de cerdo - Pork sirloin steak.

Solomillo de ternera - Sirloin steak.

Ternera - Beef.

Ternera asada - Roast veal.

B. Pescados - Fish Dishes

Abadejo - Cod

Almejas - Clams.

Anchoa - Anchovy.

Anguilas - Eels.

Angula - Baby eel

Arenque - Herring

Bacaladilla - Blue whiting

Bacalao - Cod.

Bacalao a la riojana - Stewed cod with red pepper in tomato sauce.

Bacalao a la Vizcaína - Cod with ham peppers and chilies.

Bacalao al pil-pil - Cod with chilies and garlic.

Berberechos - Canned cockles.

Besugo - Sea bream.

Bogavante - European lobster.

Bonito - Striped tuna.

Bonito en escabeche - Pickled tuna fish.

Boquerones - Fried anchovies.

Boquerones en vinagre - Anchovies in vinegar.

Caballa - Horse mackerel.

Cabrilla - Prawn.

Calamares - Squid.

Calamares a la romana - Squid rings in batter.

Calamares en su tinta - Squid cooked in their ink.

Calamari - Baby squid.

Camaron - Small prawn.

Cangrejo - Crab.

Carpa - Carp.

Cazón - Dogfish.

Centollo - Spider crab.

Chicharro - Horse mackerel.

Chipiron - Small squid.

Chirlas - Tiny clams.

Chopitos - Whole baby squid.

Cigala - Crayfish.

Cocochas de merluza - Hake.

Cogollos con anchoas - Lettuce hearts with canned anchovies.

Concha - Clam.

Conchas finas - Venus clams.

Congrio - Conger eel.

Coquinas - Cockles.

Dorada - Gilthead seabream.

Empanada gallega - Tuna fish pastry Galician style.

Empanadillas de bonito - Small tuna pastries.

Emperador - Swordfish.

Espetos de sardinas - Sardines grilled on a stick.

Gallo - John Dory.

Gambas - Prawns.

Gambas a la plancha - Grilled prawns.

Gambas al ajillo - Prawns cooked in oil and garlic.

Hueva - Roe.

Jurel - Jack fish.

Kokotxas - Pendulums of flesh growing in the throat of hake or cod.

Langosta- Lobster.

Langostinos - Giant prawns.

Lenguado - Sole.

Lenguado a la romana - Battered sole.

Lubina - Sea bass.

Melva - type of small tuna.

Mero - Grouper.

Merluza - Hake.

Merluza en salsa verde -Hake in a parsley and wine sauce.

Merluza rebozada - Battered hake.

Mero - Grouper.

Mojama - Dried red tuna.

Navajas a la plancha - Grilled razor shell.

Nécoras - Small seawater crabs.

Palometa - Pampano.

Pargo - Snapper.

Percebes - Goose barnacle.

Pescadilla - Whiting fish.

Pescado en adobo - Fried vinegar marinated fish.

Pescaitos fritos - assortment of fish fried in cornmeal or breadcrumbs (Cadiz)

Pijota - Hake.

Platija - Flounder.

Pulpo a la Gallega - Octopus with boiled potatoes and paprika.

Rape - Angler fish or monkfish.

Rape a la cazuela - Monkfish stew.

Rodaballo - Turbot.

Rosada - Rock cod.

Rubio - Red gunnard.

Salmon - Salmon.

Salmon ahumado - Smoked salmon.

Salmonete - Red flounder.

Salpicón de marisco - Assorted seafood vinaigrette.

Sargo - Sea bream.

Sepia - Cuttlefish.

Trucha a la navarra - Trout stuffed with cured ham.

Vieiras - Scallop shell.

Arroz a la cubana - Rice with tomato sauce and fried egg.

Paella Fideus - Paella made with fine pasta instead of rice.

Paella Marisco - Seafood paella made with calamares,prawns, and mussels.

Paella Mixta - Mixture of meat and seafood.

Paella Negra - Seafood cooked in squid ink.

Paella Valenciana - Original paella made from chicken and pork.

Paella Vegetal - Vegetarian paella.

D. Other Dishes

Callos - Tripe.

Callos a la madrileña - Tripe cooked with chilies.

Caracol - Snail.

Entremeses - Hors d'oeuvre.

Fabada - Bean and meat stew of sorts.

Huevos a la flamenca - Fried eggs with ham and tomatoes.

Huevos fritos con patatas - Fried eggs and fries.

Migas - A dish made with leftover bread.

Sesos a la romana - Fried brains in batter.

Gazpacho andaluz - Classic cold tomato soup made with green pepper, cucumber, onion, stale bread, garlic, olive oil and vinegar.

Sopa de ajo - Spicy bread and garlic soup.

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Sopa Juliana - Consomme julienne with shredded vegetables.

Berenjenas rellenas - Baked stuffed aborigines.

Coliflor al ajillo - Cauliflower with garlic sauce.

Ensalada mixta - Lettuce, tomatoes, tuna fish, onion and olives salad.

Ensaladilla rusa - Vegetable salad with mayonnaise and tuna.

Espárragos con mayonesa - White asparagus with mayonnaise.

Espinacas rehogadas - Steamed spinach.

Guisantes con jamón - Peas with cured ham.

Habas con jamón - Broad beans with cured ham.

Judías verdes - Green beans and potatoes stew.

Menestra de verduras - Vegetable stew.

Patatas ali-oli - Boiled diced potatoes with garlic mayonnaise.

Patatas bravas - Fried diced potatoes with hot paprika and tomato sauce.

Patatas con costillas - Stewed diced potatoes with pork ribs.

Patatas fritas (de bolsa) - Chips.

Patatas fritas (de cocina) - Fries.

Pimiento morrón - Canned red pepper.

Pimientos asados - Baked red peppers.

Pimientos de Padrón - Green chili peppers.

Pimientos del piquillo rellenos de carne - Small red peppers stuffed with meat.

Pimientos fritos - Fried green peppers.

Pisto - Ratatouille.

Revuelto de trigueros - Scrambled egg with wild asparagus.

Tortilla española - Omelet with potato and onion.

Tortilla francesa - Plain omelet.

Tortilla paisana - Vegetables omelet.

Ali-Oli - Garlic mayonnaise.

Alubias rojas - Kidney beans.

Béchamel - White sauce.

Berro - Watercress.

Brécol - Broccoli.

Calabacín - Courgette.

Calabaza - Pumpkin.

Caldo de carne - Meat stock.

Caldo de pescado - Fish stock.

Castaña - Chesnut.

Cebolla pochada - Fried onion until soft.

Cebolleta - Shallot.

Champiñones - Mushrooms.

Comino - Cumin.

Cuscurro - Crouton.

Endibias - Endives.

Escalfado - Poached.

Flan - Caramel custard.

Fresas con nata - Strawberries with whipped cream.

Guarnición - Garnish.

Hierbabuena - Mint.

Hinojo - Fennel.

Laurel - Bayleaf.

Mantequilla - Butter.

Manzanilla - Camomile (also a type of dry sherry)

Natillas - Cold custard.

Puerros - Leeks.

Puré de patatas - Potato purée.

Salsa rosa - Cocktail sauce.

Salsa verde - Parsley sauce.

Sidra con gas - Fizzy apple cider.

Sidra natural - Apple cider.

Torrija - Slice of bread soaked in milk, coated in egg, fried and sugared.