I’m seeing (Michelin) Stars in Ourense

Round of applause for Nova, a restaurant in the small city of Ourense with a Michelin star and a reputation for ~affordable~ fine dining. On one special Tuesday evening, Shannon, Jack, Tanner, and I went to Nova. We arrived at 9:00 p.m. when the restaurant opened and left at 12:00 a.m. when the restaurant closed. We savored every bite and had a fantastic culinary experience.


There are three choices on the menu, RAÍCES, NOVA, and CIMA ranging from 8 to 13 courses. I selected the menu: RAÍCES (roots) which had 8 courses and cost 30 euros.

bon appetit / buen provecho / enjoy

primero: snack Nova

first: snack Nova (unknown crunchy tower with some type of mousse that I have forgotten)


segundo: una ensalada de pulpo marinado y col fermentada

second: a salad of marinated octopus and fermented cabbage

tercero: yema de huevo, coliflor, consomé y tendones

third: egg yolk, cauliflower, consommé and tendons.

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cuarto: el pescado del dia (bacalao)

fourth: the fish of the day (cod)

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quinto: la carne de mercado

fifth: meat from the market (steak)

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sexto: mora, yogur, merengue y lima

sixth: blackberry, yogurt, meringue and lime

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séptimo: higo y calabaza

seventh: fig and pumpkin

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octavo: malvaviscos, macarons y torta

eighth: eighth: marshmallows, macarons, and cake

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also: the breads were all baked in house. there were three served. they were warm, soft, and one even had a wasabi flavor! As a table, we shared a bottle of wine, but I also ordered a gin “martini” and was brought a glass of vermouth instead. Vermouth is very popular in Galicia and Martini is a specific brand of vermouth, so the confusion was understandable.

Nova’s menu changes every week, so I will most definitely be back for another amazing culinary experience!

Thanks for reading along! Ciao!


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