Salt and Pepper for 5 Euros
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.