When we saw the description on the menu, our limited Spanish kicked in to translate to eels and it immediately peaked our interest. After a clarification from our waiter who spoke about as much English as we speak Spanish translated them to 'snakes', we were game. Bring on the Angulas!
When the earthen dish arrived at our table, bubbling away from hot oil, it was confirmed that we had tiny, baby eels on our hands. Eels that were cooked in the about an inch of olive oil and enough garlic to repel any Vampire that walked near the restaurant.
The taste: Almost like garlic and olive oil soaked spaghetti; in a good way. Tender, but bitey and easy to chew; with the consistency of fresh grilled calamari. The flavors of garlic and olive oil were the hero of the dish and became the core of the dish with only a slight taste of the sea.
The price: Served in tapas-style which is a 'small taste', it was pretty affordable at 4.50 euros (just over $6) for more than just a taste.
Where to find them: From our discussions with the locals, we found that angulas are pretty rare and expensive. The un-named restaurant was in the old quarter of the capitol, Palma de Mallorca near Carrer Llotja de Mar. After trying the delicacy, it naturally appeared on more menus throughout the city.
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[Photo: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]