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Review of Bar Kilowatio

Bar Kilowatio
Ranked #1 of 40 Restaurants in Cedeira
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: After-hours
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Dining options: After-hours
Reviewed 14 June 2014

My husband is a great connoisseur of calamari and declared these the best he has ever had. Lovely lively little restaurant where you can also eat outside served from open window

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Reviewed 25 August 2013 via mobile

Great calamari. Fantastic tapas bar which we make a point of visiting every year. The zorza and maraxo (shark) are good too. Tiny spot with little room but can sit on bar stools outside. They usually allow us to picnic in park opposite.

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1  Thank Dickdoc1
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Near the historic center where whitewashed, glass-enclosed sunrooms extend over narrow sidewalks, with a view of the shallow bay, the thin beach and the weathered stone bridge to the central plaza, sits the family-owned, standing-room-only restaurant: Mesón Muiño Kilowatio.

Inside, lights not unlike old-fashioned lanterns hang from wooden ceilings and a smooth hardwood bar encircles a pool of customers. Two stand-up tables along a wall are all there is room for, as everyone else crowds around the bar, reaching over others to get at their food and drink.

It was packed when I met my friends there. We snuggled up to the bar and ordered. As Spain summers go, Cedeira is comparatively mild because of costal winds, but it was a hot August day and I ordered una caña, a local pale lager on tap called Estrella Galicia.

The female cook and servers scampered, cramped behind the bar, dipping seafood into scorching oil as sizzling sounds and smells of fried fish and deep-frying calamari wafted around. They slung beverages and plates out the side windows where customers waited, loud in conversation with rolling r’s and the singsong communicative flare true to the Galician language.

Marraxo, the Spanish name for Shortfin Mako, a type of Mackerel shark fished in a marine-regulated area off the southwest coast of Ireland, appeared before us as bite-sized pieces of white fillet served on a bed of chips (more like British chips than American French fries), the typical complement to every tapa (small side dish) and ración (meal-sized plate) in Galcia. It was marinated in a special mixture of who-knows-what and olive oil. Tender, fresh, lightly flavored, it combined well with the salty, slightly crisp chips. As is the custom in Spain, we ate from the same plate while deep-fried calamari, cube-shaped potato croquettes and cordon bleu appeared, all to die for, especially the thin cordon bleu floating in its lusty cheese sauce.

I sat down with Natalia, one of the three siblings currently running the restaurant, who gave me the lowdown. When Natalia’s mother, Antonia Costa Nebril Muiño, a former cook at El Nautico (another quality restaurant nearby) first opened Kilowatio some 23 years ago, she intended to call it Mesón Muiño. Mesón describes a kind of restaurant with no sit-down tables, less expensive or at least not as formal as conventional restaurants. Muiño is the family’s last name. But as word got out of the restaurant opening, locals started saying, ‘El Kilowatio is coming!’ because Antonia’s husband, José Manuel Muiño, was an electrician – thus the play on the Spanish word for kilowatt. When the nickname spread, the family decided to tag “Kilowatio” onto the end of the name.

This is the kind of restaurant that will reel you back in again and again, like a feisty shark on the end of a fishing line. Friendly, efficient service, superb food for the price and a fun, warm atmosphere. I highly recommend it.

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2  Thank ManWithPen
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

Traditional Spanish bar, seemingly run by women on the day that I went. Very popular, lots of people standing, most of the seats are at the bar, some seating outside. Not a place to linger, as others will be eager to eat at your table.Service was friendly, despite the women being run off their feet. No menu del dia here, but full or half raciones are large and good value. We had a half of chocos and a half of marraxo- each was 6.80 and came with chips. Both were delicious and we left feeling well fed, but not overstuffed. Managed to park on street nearby.

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1  Thank Lizzipoo
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Reviewed 21 June 2010

Bar Kilowatio - located in the sleepy fishing village of Cedeira is the gem of an incredible, local food scene (you will be hard pressed to find more quality restaurants per capita anywhere). Here, the fryer is king: squid and croquets are perfectly prepared with the star being it's quickly sauteed shark (marraxo). It is ephemerally light yet substantial with a hint of citrus. A must-try for everyone. Even those who do not "like fish" that much will go crazy for this dish.

Seating is limited and very intimate. Go early. Long lines in the summer. No smoking inside.

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4  Thank anditos
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