Tragatá’s award-winning ensaladilla Rusa. / SUR

Russian salad from Ronda’s Tragatá is judged the best in the whole of Spain

But if you’re keen to visit the mountain town, just 30 minutes inland from the Costa del Sol, to try out the winning recipe you’ll have to wait just a little while longer

MARINA MARTÍNEZ

For the third year in a row, a Malaga province restaurant has won Spain’s National Championship for an emblematic tapa dish, the ensaladilla Rusa (Russian salad).

First it was the Candado Golf restaurant, then the Chinchín Puerto, and now Tragatá in Ronda has taken the top award at the San Sebastián Gastronomika event that recognised “one of the star recipes of Spanish gastronomy, with a traditional recipe but open to new versions.”

The Tragatá tapas bistro of Mercedes Piña and Benito Gómez – who also heads the two Michelin star Bardal restaurant in Ronda - scooped the top award at the Basque congress on Tuesday with Daniel Moreno at the helm and with a recipe that, as is usual in Gómez's kitchen, has been the subject of many tasting tests and tweaks. Key to its success is a Monalisa potato, quality tuna, homemade mayonnaise with oil from the tuna itself and a piparra chilli pepper.

But if you’re keen to visit the mountain town of Ronda, just 30 minutes inland from the Costa del Sol, to try out the winning recipe you’ll have to wait just a little longer. Tragatá is closed for holidays until the 26 November.