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“Three stars place, three stars service but half star food...”

Restaurante Palacio Mijares
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$17 - US$53
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Good for: View, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 3 April 2013

if using a Michelin scale... definetely the good reviews about this place and the very handsome looks, tempted us to have a meal at this place.

To access to this restaurant is necessary to have a car, since is located outside Santillana, in a suburb named Mijares (5 minutes drive from Santillana). Is an odd drive to the restaurant, passing through residential neighborhoods (not interesting) and the entrance besides a graveyard.. But once in, is like entering a manor with lots and lots of space.

The place is more impressive from the outside; public areas are fine, the restaurant decor I found a bit simple. This is more an events place: perfect for wedding venues (have their own chapel), private parties and functions.

Now the food... in every season they have a day menu with 2 or 3 choices as a starter and the main dish, dessert with housewine or water at 19,00 euros... in reality not bad for a place like this, when most of these kind of places they don't offer day menus but strictly à la carte. We had poached egg with cod, cod with pil-pil sauce, puff pastry with mushrooms and a grilled mackerel... the first two ones were fine, delicate but the last two were a bit too simple for a place like this... food is OK, presentation of the dishes were OK but imo is a “wanna be”... the dessert, oh... we had “torta de la abuela” which is grandma's cake, it was a cake fully covered of chocolate but extremely sweet chocolate... it disappointed, it was cold (just taken out from the fridge) grandma cakes aren't supposed to be simple and rustic? Look at the picture published by other member... still don't get the idea of this grandma's cake or maybe the one who misconcepted the idea is me...

The waiters were brilliant completely pairing with the structure itself... one of them lived in the UK so if foreign tourists arrive there shouldn't be a problem... immaculate clean public areas, toilets, I could hear my own footsteps when walking on those shiny corridors... but (yes, a but!) the dining room can be noisy during peak hours...

Maybe I've been a bit harsh giving them an average rating but that's just my opinion. This is a great place to come to have a drink, enjoy the surroundings, the service (after the vexated restaurant experience in Santillana, this was heaven!), the ambiance and the food if not having high (top of the tops) gastronomic demandings...

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