It is with great enthusiasm that I find myself writing a review for this restaurant, as I feel relieved to finally have found a place in Granada that is worthy of the attribute ¨culinary experience¨. I have eaten at many other restaurants in the city, with famous reputation such as the Santa Paula or Ruta del Veleta, and by no means were they able to impress me with the food they served me the way Estrellas San Nicolas has.
Estrellas de San Nicolas has one obvious advantage from the start, location. With incomparable views of the Alhambra whether it is by day or by night, it is irrefutable: the restaurant´s setting is very attractive (and oh so romantic!). So attractive some might think, that maybe the quality of the food doesn’t deliver, as it is often the case with busy touristy restaurants that take advantage of the location to fool the travellers with high prices and so-so cuisine. Well rest assure, this is not the case at Estrellas de San Nicolas. One thing that can be a little off putting here is the price range of its menu, which is around 50 euros per person and up. If you can overcome this drawback, you are in for a treat.
Now. The key element. The nucleus of a restaurant. The FOOD.
We decided to each go with the fixed menu rather than to go a la carte. The night menu is set at 31 euros (the day one is at 27 euros). It offered the standard appetizer, main and dessert from which there were 3 options in each to chose from. First, we were given a little, yet exquisite, eggplant amuse-bouche before being served our first plate of the night. I had the goat cheese salad, which was served with walnuts and eatable flowers for that little extra touch on presentation. Simple but savoury.
Then, that is when it happened: they brought me the duck confit with pommes de terre au gratin. I was simply blown away. I tip my hat to the chef ! The duck skin was crunchy and salty and when paired with the fruity sauce reduction they were in perfect union. The duck itself just melted in your mouth and the gratin´s creaminess almost felt like a guilty pleasure. To finish off this perfect culinary experience, siting at the very top of the restaurant on the terrace overlooking the Alhambra, came dessert, my personal favourite, crème brûlée. It was spot on, not too big of a portion, and well executed. Not too liquid inside and flambée just so that you hear the perfect cracking noise as you touch it with your spoon.
I recommend this place to everyone who knows how to appreciate a good restaurant, and to all the others who never have, this will be eye-opening and set the standards for the ones to come.
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