This has to be one of the most stunning restaurants we have ever visited.
It is on the mountain road out of San Lorenzo and as you drive up the mountain road you would think the instructions to turn right a mile or so out of the town were a misprint. However on a bend with the valley directly below the road cuts a corner and on the out rock is sat this restaurant.
Plenty of easy parking, and upon entering a pristine building you walk down a few steps and into a crescent shaped room with floor to ceiling glass windows giving the most spectacular views of the valley below. Quite stunning.
It was fairly quite the night we went with friends and we were given a window seat, but I could imagine that if they get busy you would have to settle for tables further in the room which will still give a good view but not quite the same as sitting on the edge.
The staff all evening were excellent, attentive but not in your face.
In almost every respect this would be a breath taking location to take someone for a special occasion or a lovely surprise meal.
The problem for us however was the food. Reading other reviews of this place there seems to be a mixed bag of views. Someone saying they cannot understand the negative comments on the food that they found excellent.
I have not answer to that I am afraid. We are certainly not ones to complain for the sake of it, but myself, my wife and the two friends we went with were very disappointed with the food.
Firstly we were given bread rolls and butter, something that is normal on the island and you are usually charged a nominal amount on the bill. None us wanted bread and apart from myself who broke a small piece off one of the rolls (which was very nice) the rest was not touched, however when the bill came we were charged six euro's for it which we considered very expensive.
My starter was baked camembert which came in about 8 small triangles coated in bread crumbs.
This was also very nice, although the symmetry of the pieces was indicative of bought rather than homemade. One of our friends had octopus as her starter. something she eats a lot of as she is very fond of it. She said however that it was like eating chewy rubber rings, and was not impressed.
For the main course my wife ordered port fillet which came as chunks of pork in a sauce with no other accompaniment other than a plate of chips. The pork had however been cooked to death and was so hard and unforgiving she was only able to eat a small amount. I dipped my fork in and tried a few pieces and could understand what she was saying, although we both agreed the sauce was lovely.
I ordered the pork ribs, which arrived with two small pieces of corn on the cob and some small boiled potatoes. The ribs however had no sauce on them and they looked so pale and insipid that when the waitress had gone we all said "what an earth is that" or words to that effect.
Unlike my wife's pork this had been beautifully cooked, either steamed or cooked slowly in hot water, causing the meat to fall off the bone, however it looked so unappetizing and had a very strong 'raw' meat type of smell. The waitress then returned with two dips which were both some type of pesto dip that just did not go with the meat. If they had browned the meat a little and put some of the sauce my wife had on her meal over it, it would have been lovely, but the strong smell, strong meat taste, and appearance made it difficult to eat much, resulting in me eating the corn and the chips which were also disappointing being slightly undercooked and soggy.
One of our friends, who are long time residence on the island, ordered Sea Bass but when it came it was in fact another similar type of fish as the waiter said they did not have an English translation of that fishes name. The other friend had the chicken cordon bleu, both of them said it was ok without being exceptional.
When we left we all said "what a crying shame" this place would be booked solid every night if the food was good. We then came back and read the reviews on here and were surprised to see so many good ones, and yet as I mentioned above there are others who felt the same as us.
This must make it confusing to those reading this and I am sorry but I do not have an explanation. Either some peoples taste in good food is not the same as ours or they have different chefs of different nights and we just picked a bad one.
My advice would be to go during the day when in the light when the views are even more spectacular and have a drink and a snack and judge if from there. Either was it is worth a visit just to see what it is like.