I have always liked La Herradura on the Costa Tropical of Granada but have never been to the extreme eastern end of the bay. Recently, our friend recommended to us a restaurant that he had been to several times and so we all went along to try it out. El Rincón de Peña Parda is in a pretty corner of this popular Costa Tropical resort which has a feel of being more of the original part and just seems that bit calmer and more relaxed (apart from the mad motorcyclist who nearly came to blows with our driver!). The restaurant has a good situation next to the beach and probably out of the main season would have good views to the water's edge but during the Summer the restaurant next door is allowed to put out on the sand what can only be described as the world's tallest chringuito! This is quite amusing to look at, a bit "Heath Robinson" in apperance and does somewhat dominate the view at this end of the beach.
El Rincón de Peña Parda is a Spanish/English owned operation and offers a good choice of Spanish dishes with a bit of an English feel about them. We went to try out their fixed price menu; difficult to call it a "menú del día" as it is something substantially more than that and at a price of €13.50 it is somewhat more expensive than the traditional lunchtime menú del día prices. However, it does represent excellent value for money.
The service we received was very attentive and friendly and Caroline made feel welcome as we were offered menus to peruse while our drinks orders were taken. The set menu consists of a good selection of starters and main courses (see photo). The monkfish paté was popular. This consisted of a large portion of fish paté coloured and flavoured with paprika. We were served delicious warm rolls (with butter) as well as small, crispy bread squares to accompany the pate. One of us chose the Chef's paté, again a good, tasty portion, served with a fruity Cumberland sauce.
For main course, two of us chose the pork knuckle (pork hock or codillo in Spanish) which was a considerably sized piece of well-cooked meat with a rich gravy served with chips and a few griddled veg. This was quite a portion and on a hot day nearly defeated me (but not quite!). One of our party tried the lamb, a slow-cooked piece of lamb shoulder, tender and again a good size. My wife tried the beef in mushroom sauce which was perfectly cooked.
Puddings consisted of two mango sorbets, a chocolate mousse and a coffee mousse, which was particularly good. With several drinks and three coffees we paid around €84 for 4 people total we came away feeling very pleased with our choices. It certainly kept us sustained for the rest of the day!
El Rincón de Peña Parda is a good place to get an honest meal. It's never going to win top cuisine
awards but then that's not it's intention. It offers tasty, well-cooked food in a good location close to the beach and there is enough in both the set menu and the full a la carte menu to tempt the tourists of La Herradura from whichever part of the world they come from. There was a good mixture of Spanish holidaymakers as well as others from further a field which is a credit to the restaurant that it can appeal to a broad church.
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