We nearly ignored this place - it's in a pretty workaday part of town and the outside seating is not in a very lovely or relaxing spot, to put it mildly. The front of house looks like a fairly ordinary cafe (quite a nice range of cakes on display, though). But it happened to be near where we were staying and we popped in one day for a coffee and cake. Then we discovered the menus and the pleasantly done out dining room at the back. We ended up going back twice in a week for an evening meal.
Everything we ate was well cooked and delicious, and presented with a lot more elegance than most places. The cuisine sits somewhere between tapas bar and full-fledged restaurant. The house wines were decent, if not exciting (is there such a thing as an exciting house wine - at least in the good sense?)
On both nights the place was busy; being very close to one of the big package-tour hotels it gets its share of the more adventurous tourists, but locals obviously go for it too. Despite the bustle, we got service that was efficient and attentive but with no pushiness.
We don't normally do desserts, but with a generous range of tapas and medias shared amongst four of us and a bottle plus extra glasses of wine, we found ourselves paying around 17-20 euros per head. Not the cheapest, obviously, but we all felt it was good value given the quality of food. Down here in darkest Hampshire you can easily pay that in one of the more gastro-ish pubs for a single main course and no drinks.
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