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Tia Brigida: "Galician Seafood Updated with Creativity & Heart" Cangas Restaurant Tip by dogenjoe

Cangas Restaurants: 1 reviews and 3 photos

  Tia Brigida is located down a narrow street
by dogenjoe
  • Tia Brigida is located down a narrow street - Cangas
      Tia Brigida is located down a narrow street
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  • Inside the restaurant - Cangas
      Inside the restaurant
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  • Chef Alfonso Moldes - Cangas
      Chef Alfonso Moldes
    by dogenjoe

Talented young chef Alfonso Moldes and his family have created a nearly perfect restaurant in Tia Brigida. Situated in the old seaside village of Cangas, across the picturesque harbor from Vigo, this restaurant specializes in contemporary interpretations of traditional seafood dishes. Serving some of the most satisfying food in Galicia, Chef Moldes cooks with his heart as well as his head.

Mirroring the cuisine's synthesis of old and new, the restaurant is located in a modernized Galician stone house, once the long-time home of a neighbor figure named Aunt Bridget. The ambience is clean, contemporary and tasteful. A modern upper structure rises out of ancient Galician stonewalls. Large windowpanes let the sunlight cascade through a glass floor to help illuminate the lower levels. The cozy, street-level bar serves good regional beers and Albariño wines, along with house-made seafood empanadas.

The Moldes family certainly knows fish: one brother is a fisherman, the sister works at the local fish market and the mom is the shrewd, demanding buyer of anything that swims. Committed to a great dining experience, another brother oversees the service at the restaurant, ensuring that the staff is both professional and friendly. This place truly is a family affair.

Opened in the winter of 2008, this restaurant has quickly become a local foodie favorite, so make reservations in advance. Prices are moderate. For me, Tia Brigida is the perfect place to enjoy a meal with friends or family at a relaxed pace. Visiting Galicia, from San Francisco, over many meals, I feel at home in this special restaurant.

Favorite Dish: Based on the 7+ meals I’ve eaten there, I recommend starting out with the sumptuous octopus salad, laid out on sliced pear tomatoes and topped with feta, thyme, paprika and vinaigrette dressing. For a main course, I like the hearty Haddock casserole ¬– based on an old family recipe – which includes prawns, clams, mussels, asparagus, and peas. Other my main course favorites include the grilled Galician sea bass or the “King” seafood rice casserole that combines King scallops, King prawns, crawfish, mussels, clams with seaweed, garlic, and saffron in a special caldo. I wouldn’t leave Tia Brigida without trying its acclaimed Devil’s food cake, crafted with dark Belgium chocolate, heavy whipped cream, and Earl Grey tea. Other dessert creations from Mr. Moldes’ kitchen range from a perfect Spanish flan to delicious rum raisin apple pie to warm ginger cookies (with bits of real ginger).

Address: Rua do Arco 10
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: In the old town section along the harbour, across from Vigo, Spain
Phone: 986 392 326
Price: US$31-40
Rating: 5
Theme: Seafood

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  • Written Feb 16, 2009
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