Salt and Pepper for 5 Euros

Food options are plenty in Granada. The streets are lined with tavernas (small restaurants) with seating arrangements both inside and outside. Curiosity and hunger both factors made us grab a table at one of the tavernas. It was slightly awkward initially but then a waiter walked up and made us feel comfortable. He seemed too happy and came with a long list of dish, their specialties. Their sea food looked tempting at least in the pic they had in their menu card. Rice comes complimentary with sea food dishes we were told. Finally after a few minutes of conversation in broken English and hand signs the order was placed successfully, at least that is what I thought then.

Soon after the waiter left with our orders plates with toasts, chicken slices and olives arrived. We were surprised that the plates arrived even though we didn’t order it. It was just our third day in Spain and first time at a Spain’s taverna. We assumed it to be some kind of complimentary dish, and hogged it up completely – 4 hungry stomachs you see. Only when the bill came later we realized nothing comes complimentary in Spain. We shelled out good 4 euros for them. (You can refuse these we learned.)

The main dish arrived accompanied by rice and some gravy dish. So much of fish and different varieties of them; I have not seen this kind of fish presentation even in Goa! Prawns, squids, sardines, basa fish all crisp and crunchy, but wait something was missing. Salt! They use less salt. Indians are used to little spiciness too. So mustering some courage I asked for ‘salt and pepper’. I was worried if this too would require some explaining and actions. The waiter seemed to understand in one go and came back soon with a plate of salt and pepper!

 I was shocked!

The plate had fried wedges of salted potato and fried chillies! I was like: “Hello! What is this?”
Guess how much I paid for that plate of ‘salt and pepper’? Full 5 euros!!! The costliest ‘salt and pepper’ I ever had in my whole life! For the rest of my trip in Spain I never dared to ask for it.

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