My husband and I held very fond memories of this restaurant from a visit 6 years ago, so upon our return to Mérida we bypassed every other nice looking restaurant and steered back to Casa Benito. What a disappointment! The salad with partidge that we order for a shared starter was served with very little partidge - and what was there had lots of bones in it. Actual salad was OK - so we would have been better off just ordering a plain mixed salad.
For main course we both ordered the Solomillo de Retinto - medium rare. The steak looked good on the plate, but held absolutely no flavour, inside it was actually ice cold and as we got half way through our steaks we realised that one end of the meat was completely inedible - full of sinews and grizzle. We told the waitress that the meat was inedible and to their credit we did get another small piece of meat served ... but even this was cold!
We later realised that all the local diners had the Menu del Dia priced at 10 Euros - we are convinced we would have been better off with that - and a lot richer than our 78 Euro bill which also included a very good bottle of wine (17 Euros) and a bottle of water.
We will never be back again .....
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