For many Catalans, there are no croquettes better than the ones made by their grandmas. But delicious versions of those little deep-fried ovals of breadcrumb-coated bechemal and different ingredients, always a favourite for all ages, can be found in various bars and restaurants around Girona.
It's no surprise to find croquettes ('croquetes'), one of the most traditional starters in Catalan cooking, on the menu at Casa Marieta, which is one of the best places in Girona for that kind of cuisine. They make them using 'yesterday's leftover roasted meat', just like the local grandmas do. You can also taste the slow-cooked onion mixed in with the meat, and the chicken ones are really excellent.
You can tell they're home-made because they're all slightly different shapes. Crispy on the outside and just the right amount of tenderness on the inside, the croquettes at La Regolta meet all the criteria of a quality 'croqueta'. In a place where they have Iberian hams hanging from the ceiling, it's unsurprising that their best croquettes contain that cured meat. Don't miss them, or the ones of wild mushroom, which are both creamy and have an intense flavour.
The croquettes at La Pedra look more like a 'bomba' than a 'croqueta' (a bomba is a ball of potato with a meat centre, which is covered in breadcrumbs then deep fried). They're large and solid, but the mixture is well-made and doesn't feel heavy in the mouth. They're served with slices of bread with tomato, which means that when you've eaten two croquettes, you'll feel well-satisfied.
The croquettes at Cúrcuma aren't average-sized, they're XXL! Indeed each one weighs some 70g. They've been making them like that since 2012, when the owners decided to come up with a new menu and move towards more creative cooking. Each day you'll find the classic roast meat croquettes (with chicken, pork and veal) with a touch of tumeric ('cúrcuma' in Catalan), the house signature flavour. What's more, and depending on the season and what the chef feels like cooking, you might also find croquettes of cod, 'moixernons' wild mushrooms, 'pebrot del piquillo' peppers, and cheese.
In much the same way that they look after the range of beers on offer (they have their own artisan beer on tap as well as a range of bottled craft beers), at +CUB they also take special care with their croquettes, which must be the most original in Girona. Order the 'tapa' of croquettes from the menu and you'll get one of spinach, one of carrot, one made with 'bull negre' (a variety of Catalan blood sausage), and another with tomato and anchovy. The latter one definitely wins our award for originality and flavour. Simply delicious.
You'll find a wide range of croquettes at Plaça del Vi 7. They make a roasted meat version that features three different kinds of meat (chicken, pork and veal), one of 'botifarra negra' (Catalan blood sausage), another of chicken and cured ham... And, surprise! You never know exactly which ones you'll find on the menu because they're continuously changing the options. If you're lucky, you'll get to try the courgette and cheese one; you'll not regret it.
it's only to be expected that in a restaurant modelled on taverns in the Basque Country, a region that specialises in tapas, the croquettes at Txalaka are served as 'pintxos', which means the croquette comes on top of a slice of bread. If you're feeling a bit peckish, you can also ask for a portion of 'croquetes'. Depending on the day, you might find croquettes of Gorgonzola, smoked Idiazabal cheese, roast chicken or, the most popular, cod.