Monday, April 30, 2018

Pairi Daeza: Andalusian Cuisine in Cordoba

The name Pairi Daeza comes from an Iranian phrase which means "garden or grove inside the walls", a quiet place of peace and harmony where one can celebrate the beauty of life away from the noise of the modern world. It's a definition that perfectly reflects the philosophy of this gourmet restaurant, nestled in an historic 17th-century building in the Jewish Quarter of Córdoba, just steps from the famous Mezquita Mosque. Located in the charming Hotel Balcón de Córdoba, this elegant restaurant overlooks a delightful outdoor patio with towering orange trees and up above, a gorgeous rooftop terrace with panoramic views over the city and beyond. Chef Antonio Porras offers a creative fusion of Andalusian and Mediterranean cuisine deeply rooted in the Persian tradition, reflecting the culinary history of Córdoba. Each dish is artfully served on handmade plates by Torres Ferreras, a local pottery studio based in Cordoba. Chef Porras also maintains close relationships with local farmers and suppliers to find the best ingredients, from Los Pedroches Valley jamón, Priego de Córdoba olive oil and pink tomatoes from Alcove and oranges from Palma del Rio. All created with the freshest local seasonal ingredients and prepared using the healthiest cooking techniques, Pairi Daeza truly reflects the magic of Córdoba and lives up to its name as a little haven of paradise. 

Pairi Daeza Restaurant overlooks the hotel's lovely garden courtyard 

Pairi Daeza menu

Fresh flowers in handblown Cordovan glass vase

Glass of sparkling Spanish Codorniu Benjamin Cava

Fresh warm sesame seed bread

Recommended by our server, the Alonso del Yerro was rich, complex and delicious

Alonso del Yerro Ribera del Duero 2013 is made in Spain's Castilla y León region

A perfect pairing with our entrées of Galician Steak and Lamb Tikka Masala

Red Tuna Tataki with White Garlic Sauce

Salmorejo with quail eggs and crispy jamon

Burrata Caprese

Tenderbud Salad with Crispy Chicken and honey mustard emulsion

Grilled Galician Beef garnished with Spanish sea salt and served with crushed potato

Lamb Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice infused with Orange Blossom

Artisanal Fresh Fruit with Feta 

The Roof Top Terrace of the Hotel Balcón de Córdoba

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