Spanish Restaurants in Granada: Restaurante Mirador de Morayma

Restaurante Mirador de Morayma - Granada

The Restaurante Mirador de Morayma is a Spanish restaurant in Granada which can be found in the mountains that surround the city, around 10 minutes from the centre. They offer some of the best traditional Spanish food as well as the best views of some of the historic sites of Granada.

The Restaurant

Restaurante Mirador Morayma

The Restaurante Mirador de Morayma is situated in the Granada mountains in the small town of Albayzín. This means that you can not only enjoy the fantastic views of the city of Granada, including the mighty La Alhambra, but you can also experience the beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The view is so picturesque that it is like looking in a Granada city guide!

The restaurant takes its name from the wife of the last Moorish Sultan of Granada before the city was reclaimed by the Spanish during the Reconquista of Spain, a piece of Spanish history that has shaped the country into what it is today. Princess Morayma was married to Muhammad XII of Granada and it is thought that she spent some time living near to the town of Albayzín while her husband was imprisoned. She has been the source and inspiration for many works by writers and artists such as Francisco Izquierdo the poet from Granada.

The Restaurante Mirado de Morayma is located in a historic building called a 'carmen' which comes from the Arabic 'karm' in the mountains. A carmen is a house with its own garden and often an orchard or vegetable garden which is enclosed within an exterior wall. These buildings are typical of the region of Granada because it was the city that the Moors occupied for the longest period of time.

All of the elements of the carmen that houses the Restaurante Mirador de Morayma have been lovingly preserved which gives the restaurant an authentic yet rustic feel. The gardens are full of beautiful, mature plants, and combined with the surrounding wall, the gardens are transformed into a private spot away from the prying eyes of passers-by.

The interior still retains many early features including the wooden ceilings and the intricate wooden windows. The walls are covered with paintings of famous historical people and artefacts from the history of Granada. The overall feel of the Restaurante Mirador de Morayma is homely, particularly with the intimate tables and small dining rooms.

The Menu

Mirador Morayma

The cuisine at the Restaurante Mirador de Morayma consists in typical dishes from the Granada region. This means that in order to produce the most authentic dishes, this Spanish restaurant ensures that is sources all its products locally. They also follow the produce of the season which means that whatever you order, you can be assured that you are eating freshly and correctly for the time of year.

The Restaurante Mirador de Morayma offers a range of menus, most of which include a complimentary drink as part of the price. The menus available include a Tasting menu, a Group Menu as well as a Children's menu. Some of the signature dishes at this Spanish restaurant include 'Rodaballo con puré de manzana' (Turbot with apple purée), 'Solomillo de ternera' (Veal Sirloin steak), and 'Salmón sobre verduras' (Salmon on a bed of vegetables). They also have a delicious range of desserts which include 'Pastelillo templado de chocolate' (Warm chocoloate tart), 'Arroz con leche' (Rice Pudding), and their own selection of desserts called 'Delicias Morayma' (Morayma Delights).

Like every other Spanish restaurant in Spain, the Restaurante Mirador de Morayma has an excellent selection of wines which are kept in their beautifully preserved wine cellar. The wines on offer mostly come from Spain and they even stock bottles from their own vineyard nearby. If you're not a wine connoisseur, then the restaurant provides their suggested wine for the meal at the bottom of the menu.