This was by far the worst service in the most stunning setting I will ever encounter in my life. I was taken away by my boyfriend for my birthday with a 2 night stay booked at the Parador to give us more time to explore the National Park. (We didnt stay for the 2nd evening)
The chef really was on something given the state of the menu! And I kid you not – 8.90 Euros for a small bowl of Papas Arrugadas y Mojo (boiled new potatoes with sea salt and spicy dipping sauces) and 12 – 14 Euros for a bowl of soup – which by the way comes out luke warm, with a Serving spoon, and you best eat quick – as we both had our starters removed from the table, whilst we were still eating from them, cutlery in hand.
As you can guess it went from bad to worse – with my main course a total shambles of Chicken Breast stuffed with leek and Mushroom (not that it told you there was leek, and the ham that it stated it was wrapped in seemed to have been forgotten or eaten before being brought to me), then topped with a crude curry sauce, served with stodgy rice – and the icing on the cake – crisps stuck into the rice as I'm guessing some sort of texture and visual appeal – not that it succeeded in giving either. My boyfriends meal was a little better – the starter being the biggest mixed leaf and fruit salad with supposed confit of duck on top – but it tasted of nothing – and was so hap-hazardly put together – it looked like a child’s attempt…. But the main course – again terrible – with a huge plate of goat cooked in a local (and very garlicky sauce), served with prawn crackers coated in plum sauce.
All through this challenge – we had the very beady eyes of the two waitresses – staring down at us – hovering far to close for comfort – I swear I nearly offered for one to join us at the table – she may as well have for the difference it would have made.
Desert was actually the best part of meal (OK – I say best, the only truly palatable part of the meal) with my boyfrined choosing Turron de Gofio – a local milled toasted corn flour with oil, lots of ground nuts and sugar – which he said was very nice indeed – and I ordered Pears soaked in Red Wine – not a patch on the ones my mother and father used to make for dinner parties – but never the less – a very edible plate of food.
As soon as we were handed our deserts – we were asked if we wanted coffee as they were closing – we declined – and then as we took our first few mouthfuls - were presented with the bill! Do you think the waitresses were in a rush??
So we quickly finished our dinner, not wishing to linger – and were sent out to the bar. Only to discover after waiting to be served for 15mins, that the bar closed at 10.30 (not that you were informed of this anywhere, by plaque, or the waitress so quick to get rid of us from the restaurant). At which point we asked reception about the bar – the response was simply ‘todos estas cerrado - everything is closed’.
This may sounds like I am purposely trying to put people off, and this is just not the case. Staying at the Parador is really the only option if you wish to stay within the National Park. The rooms are adequate enough, there is hot water and clean linen and the most stunning of views at night of a blanket of stars.... I will be returning, but without high expectations, and it goes without saying - with a packed lunch for the evening.
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