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“It was ok ....”
Review of L'Atelier

Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$18 - US$26
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Fusion
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Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Description: L'Atelier is a small vegetarian restaurant in a very old house of Mecina Fondales, a typical whitewashed village of the Alpujarras. The house offers 2 guest rooms. We cook fresh organic local products we get from nearby small orchards. Brigitte offers dishes from Morocco, India, Asia, and mediterranean specialities, all of them with authentic taste. Conclude your meal with any of our exquisite homemade desserts. We open everyday for lunch and dinner, it's always nicer to call us first. You can sit outside too. Welcome.
Reviewed 13 June 2014 via mobile

Heard a lot about this restaurant.
The menu was short and not cheap with most dishes around 5 euros and starters looking more appealing than mains. We chose spinach and onion filled cigars
( thin spring rolls tasty but quite greasy), miso soup, ( pleasant although not hot enough served in a delightful little pot with tofu cubes) an oversweet tomato and dahl casserole type mixture , pastillia ( again very greasy deep fried vegetable parcel), a brilliant fermented ginger drink , a liquid ( ?) lemon sorbet, a type of baklava cake , and a pot of herbal tea.The portions were not generous.
As we sat in intense heat an extremely mangy dog wandered around looking lost Speaking personally the whole of the experience was marred by a agonised squeal from this poor creature as it had wandered into the restaurant and obviously been kicked.
So in conclusion this restaurant is worth a shot but ultimately disappointing and poor value.

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MikeSierra51, Owner at L'Atelier, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2014

Unfortunately, we can't make everybody happy!
I shall not discuss the obviously subjective points like one thing seeming more appealing than another or a dish being over sweet or too spicy. It is a mere question of personnal taste.

About facts:

Our menu is as short as 22 items plus 2 or 3 daily market extra proposals when available.
Unlike some others restaurants, we almost never miss any of the announced dishes.
The Chef cooks other possible choices on request and can manage any special diet on a professional basis.

We are definitely not a cheap restaurant because we use expensive products, fresh, organic and/or fair trade when we have a choice.
The dishes are prepared at the moment. You have to understand the further from town you are, the more you pay for everything you buy.

18€ : our average ticket for 3 course quality meal is 18€ plus drinks and we do not overcharge drinks.
I would not even dare compare our price/quality ratio with any place in the UK, and i shall not compete with any tourist's price selling joint in Andalucía.

We are a unique vegetarian, and organic restaurant.

We do not use any deep frier and our pastry based dishes are lightly fried in a pan.
As I never eat any fried dish, I understand you can find our Moroccan Cigars -please don't call them springrolls! - too greasy, once more a question of personnal taste. Our 7 various starters, plus 1 day's extras give a possibility to avoid this problem.

As for the "oversweetness" of our Andalucian Gratin, let us comment that it's our bestseller, the sweetest color of our main courses palette...

The brilliant fermented drink was a freshly homemade Kombutcha (1.80€).. More explanations about kombutcha can be found from google search.

The lemon sorbet is liquid because it's whipped with Cava (Spanish Champagne), served in a Champagne glass and a straw.
The sorbet is homemade with local organic lemons.

The "sort of Baklava" is a typical moroccan pastry stuffed with crushed almonds and rolled in local honey... -fried and very sweet-, prepared at the moment.

I should have given you more explanations about these issues, like sweetness, liquidity or pastry dishes being fried.

I am surprised about the idea of the portions not being generous as they are fit to feed correctly our guests, and this is the first time we hear a complaint about it. The miso soup being served in a small Japanese bowl, we offered a refill, like we always do. The soup is prepared at the moment and normally served very hot. Too bad if it cooled down too fast and you did not ask us to reheat it a little.

Our house is very old and the thick walls keep us cool even in summer's real heat, I should have insisted giving you a table inside when I gave you this choice.

I agree this is a little long answer, but I feel I have to debate every point that would induce a confusion between facts and your obvious deception not to find whatever you expected. Be sure we treated you the same as the other reviewers.

I now get to the unpleasant though crucial point where I am supposed to mistreat a poor dog:

The dog's name is Mutil (Boy in basque language), and he's been living with us since 2008 as he elected our place to stay. It was another place in the Alpujarra. He was an abandonned dog, about 3 years old. In 2010, he was beaten almost to death by someone in the village where we lived and came back to us on his 2 front legs and bleeding. We took him to the vet, in Granada, 85kms. We cured and healed him, but ever since his back is aching, and now, about 9 years old he suffers a lot when he stands up. He has depression periods when he bites himself to blood, but we clean his wounds and he wears a muzzle when this happens. He has a mattress to sleep in a good house, in good company with 4 cats and another abandonned young dog.He sleeps by the stove in winter, eats twice everyday a balanced diet, plus what falls in his plate from the restaurant (he loves the Andalucian Gratin).

I can't accept the words you use : "obviously been kicked" because it's an erroneous interpretation of the squeak Mutil emitted as I insisted to have him out of the restaurant where he entered when I did not see him. He is hard headed and he knows perfectly that he's not allowed to enter the place. BUT I DID NOT KICKED HIM. At least, "obviously" means that you did not and could not have seen any mistreatment from me to the dog, but your description could make anyone beleive this was the case.

This detailed answer, and particularly this last point is made necessary by the weight of a review containing such an Unfair induced accusation has on Trip Advisor.

Be sure we DO NOT kick and we DO NOT cook any animal!

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

We ate at L'Atelier one night and were so impressed, we made a reservation for a few nights later. The staff is kind, conscious and the food is great. They made us a special Tagine for Saturday night. The music was traditional jazz which we loved. The atmosphere had a lovely sense of coziness. We really enjoyed talking with other guests as well as the staff. Thank you Michel and Brigitte for creating such a lovely place that is so nourishing in many different ways.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Variety of dishes from different cuisins, tastes better than the original! We travelled in Spain for a long period and this place is definately on of the best!! And the hosts are lovely ..highly recommended!

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Reviewed 28 April 2014 via mobile

We had a lovely stay for 3 nights at L'Atelier in Mecina, one of the villages in the Las Alpujarras.

There are two good reasons why you should stay here.

Firstly, L'Atelier itself is a charming little B&B, full of character and which serves delicious vegetarian food. The owners (Michel and Brigitte) are very friendly and helpful. They went the extra mile for us on a couple of occasions. The beds are really comfortable. And you get tasty home made jams with your toast in the morning. Recommended!

Secondly, Mecina itself is a good place to base yourself. It provides easy access to walking in the area but is less busy with shops and tourists compared to some of the other villages. It's a very tranquil place to hang out.

Clive & Natasha

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Reviewed 27 August 2013

We recently visited this restaurant with the previous 3 reviewers and had a fantastic meal. Excellent hosts and excellent vegetarian food. A varied menu, most of which was sampled by the group. Definitely worth a visit.

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