It is named after the southern most region of Spain where on a clear day Morocco is visible. The restaurant’s sunny yellow and terra cotta painted walls are accented with local artwork and photographs of jamon (that’s ham) de Salamanca hanging for sale at a Spanish market.
“I think they are going to use it as a meeting place. Come in, have a glass of wine and some tapas or have dinner in the dining room,” said Ross Morris, co-owner.
He is joined by partners Ryan Twigg, Omar Taghi and Bob and Sue Otway who are responsible for Piatto Regional Italian Cuisine, Helena’s Chocolate Cafe & Creperie and Cafe Bruges, all in Carlisle.
Diners at Andalusia can order from a selection of Spanish red and white wines, ciders, sangria and sherries such as Dios Baco, Amontillado with aromas of molasses and brown sugar, or Gonzalez Byass Solera with concentrated flavors of fig and hints of nut.
“It’s a short list but a fun list,” Morris said.
The menu kicks off with nearly 20 tapas, small plates served in the Spanish tradition. Selection includes fried golden Marcona almond, olives marinated in thyme-orange olive oil, a queso plate, classic sausage and Serrano ham and grilled octopus, priced from $5 to $11.
The classic Spanish dish, paella is made fresh to order with fish, squid, shrimp, clams and mussels or chicken, chorizo and beans. The dish takes 25 to 35 minutes to prepare and can be made to feed one to two diners for $19 or three to four for $38.
The Moroccan influence is visible in dishes like Djaj Tangine, a Moroccan stew of chicken marinated in preserved lemon confit and Couscous Djaj, steamed semolina grain with chicken and herbs served with marinated sweet sauce of onions and golden raisins.
Entrees are priced under $19 while salads are in the $5-$8 range. It is open 4 -9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 4-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Phone is 717-462-4141.Share