To begin, we really enjoyed our time and meal at Extremadura however it ended on a bit of a low note. We found this restaurant walking by and thought the pianist was awesome (which he is!!!) and thought we woud give it a shot. Please keep in mind the staff speak very little English before you read this review.
We had great food and great wine. Upon looking at the menu, we had a slight gulp at what restaurant we had chosen. We didn't make the connection of the name (area of Spain) and food. However, we pulled out our phone and had fun learning about this area of the country and history of food in the region and bought into the Extremadura experience! After puttinng in our order, we were so pleased and excited with our choices. The food is basic but true to the tradition. The flavors were fantastic - chef did a great job!
Now with all that said....Wow...never expected this from the start of the experience. We have been in Spain on vacation for almost three weeks. While I wouldn't consider us fluent, we can get by in Spanish better than most. After we finished the meal, paid the bill and left tip but were finishing our wine, the maitre d' / head waiter decided to get diarrhea of the mouth. While I waited at the bar for the restroom, the waiter made a snide comment to his colleague (in Spanish thinking I wouldn't understand) about us being the Americans that drank too much wine and didn't leave him anything. Little did he know we had left him a generous tip on the table (after the check was paid as normal in the US). He didn't realize we spoke some Spanish so I immediately called him out in Spanish and walked back to my table. He then followed me to our table and apoligized trying to say it was a different table of Americans he was referring to. They had just sat down and he made little sense at this point...clearly it didn't matter whether it was us or them...he was rude and he knew it.
We then told him no worries and left the restaurant where he followed us to the door again apologizing. I truly believe the moment got the best of him where he felt it was a good time to show off to his colleagues. However, we truly respect the Spanish culture or otherwise would not be on vacation here. His actions were very surprising and anyone not speaking Spanish here should go with caution.
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