1:45 p.m. It’s a given that Tijuana will have superb tacos, but a thoroughly authentic Spanish restaurant? Well, that’s just gravy, baby. Granada-born chef Margarita Prieto’s Lorca Restaurante brings Andalusian cuisine to Tijuana in a cool, calm, and decidedly European space. The restaurant’s specialties include roasted meats, hotpots, stews, and seafood prepared using age-old family recipes. Lorca is Chef Margarita’s maiden name.
To make our food and media posse feel muy especial, the Chef prepared an incredibly fragrant and undeniably decadent lechón for our visit. A hug and a kiss on the cheek are fine Spanish pleasantries, but nothing says “Welcome!” quite like a whole roasted piglet fresh out of the pit.
To accompany the crispy-skinned and moist-meated piglet, Chef Margarita prepared paella Valenciana (Valencian paella) and papas a lo pobre (potatoes sauteed with olive oil, salt, and bell peppers). All three dishes were totally fresh and perfectly seasoned, magically transporting our taste buds from Tijuana to Spain.
Calle Brasil 8630
Tijuana, B.C., Mexico