Bodega Mateo Ruiz is just down the street from Feria Market, and is at one and the same time a bar tipica, and not so tipica. It’s certainly of a typical style in appearance, with a small bar area and kitchen, several tables (including a barrel) and plenty of tiling, including in this case a couple of ceramic benches. The establishment was founded in 1918 by Mateo’s father, but as a wine wholesaler selling wines of Valdepeñas, the bar as it is today changed in 1983, now run by Mateo and his son, and is specialising in a wide range of salt cod (bacalao) dishes, of which we tried the trademark bacalao frito (excellent) and a bacalao in aceite. There are other typical dishes too, including gambas al ajillo, tortilla and ensaladilla, but it’s the bacalao for which the bar is now famous.
Palacio Malaver 33
Tel 954 387 754
Open 12.00 – 16.00 / 20.00 – midnight
€ € €
Food 8 | Wine 7 | Service 7 | Ambiance 7
bacalao con aceite (salt cod in olive oil) with ground almonds & pinenuts