Casa Andalusia’s atmosphere, tapas are a refreshing change of pace in Bavaria
Stars and Stripes April 20, 2023
You can’t take the Germans out of Mallorca, but you can bring back a Mallorca-trained chef to his restaurant in Weiden.
That would be Casa Andalusia, and if you don’t pay attention when driving past this small Spanish eatery you may mistake it for a regular Bavarian home.
Established in 1983, Casa Andalusia is the dream of chef Enrique Cantudo, who is known for his fish and tapas dishes. His wife and children assist in both the kitchen and the serving.
Even though the restaurant’s mainstay is Spanish fare, the menu does include some pasta and pizza dishes. But the real draw at Casa Andalusia is its tapas.
For two people, three to four small plates is a great way to start. The menu also offers a broad beverage selection.
I began with the air-dried Spanish ham, or jamon serrano, which was simple yet delicious. The lamb skewers that followed were perfectly medium-rare and topped with peppers, a delicious pairing for the drops of aioli on the plate.
Rounding out my tapas order was the aioli con pan, a delightful garlic mayo with homemade bread. However, the lamb skewers were still my runaway favorite.
For the main course, I ordered paella. The Valencian rice dish is often viewed as the country’s signature meal and therefore a barometer for the bona fides of a restaurant serving Spanish cuisine.
Casa Andalusia’s paella measured up to my standards. Although the large prawns were a little tough to dismantle, the plate was jam-packed with an assortment of seafood and chicken.
With a full page of the menu for wines and other drinks, there are more than enough pairings for whatever dish you order. Keeping it simple, I stuck with the house red wine.
After the generous serving of paella and the tapas, I had no room for dessert. For those with larger appetites, there is a mousse, homemade ice cream or a dessert plate of pastries.
The staff was friendly and welcoming. They let me pick a place to sit and provided me with an English menu.
Visitors should be aware that for a meal at Casa Andalusia, they will likely shell out a little more than is typical at area restaurants. However, in my experience, the cuisine and the setting make the higher bill worth it.
Address: Edeldorfer Weg 34, Weiden in der Oberpfalz, Germany
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 5-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Closed Monday.
Prices: Between seven and 13 euros for tapas; main courses range from 26 to 34 euros
Menu: Available in English and German
Phone: +49 961 33529