Anyos Park is wellness centre in Andorra with courts, a pool and so forth. I had not been there before this visit and I was not staying there as a guest but went to dine. I was actually impressed for a number of reasons.
The hotel is up in the mountains and therefore surrounded by magnificent scenery. It is very modern and the layout is imaginative and impressive.
The reason for our visit was that every year Andorra hosts a food festival and all the restaurants put on some sort of special menu to show of the culinary delights of the country and indeed the food in Andorra can be excellent.
The Anyos Park announced they were hosting a Hindu supper. I adore Indian food the but the description caught my imagination - I had no idea what was special about Hindu food. My researches reveal that Christian Hindus are able to eat foods that others cannot because of their religious convictions so this widens the scope a bit.
Anyway 8 of us went along and had an excellent evening. As regards the food, it was very well made and the flavours were quite exquisite, notably a lamb curry which was the best. A lot of people have this impression that curries have to be hot to burn your mouth. Well this is nonsense and if you take the trouble to relish the flavour of delightfully blended curries, mild ones can be absolutely delicious, as was the case here. There were piquant prawns but in my view not piquant enough - they were needed to counter-balance the mild dishes but they were nice enough.
My criticisms? Well the food was not quite hot enough. It was a self service buffet and the dishes were near to the entrance which was open to outside so the heat was lost a bit and unfortunately we were only offered cold plates - something which in my experience continental Europe has never got to grips with - hot food on cold plates equals cold food. I was also surprised that they were unable to serve us with ordinary water to drink. To me that is a fundamental. We were forced to buy bottled water.
However the meal was €25 a head and the house wine which was excellent €7.50 a bottle - cannot complain about that!
Our meal went on for about three hours so the ambiance was good; the service was quite good but there was a bit of a language problem but when we left we came out on to the terrace and it was like being in fairyland. By now it was pitch dark and all around and above were lights up in the mountains. It was truly enchanting!
Parking was free but rather limited and we were early so I wonder how the later arrivals managed.
I am told they are doing a special every Wednesday in August. Can't wait to see what next week's menu is like.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The AnyósPark Resort offers a variety of areas within the complex, with a classic type of hotel accommodation where you can be pampered and forget your daily stress and routine. All our junior suites are the perfect places for rest and relaxation after an active day. Each room has been carefully equipped and opens onto a large terrace with magnificent views of the mountain. ... more less
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