We stayed here for just one night en route between the south of Spain and home; we chose the hotel mainly based on the reputation of its food and on the whole we were not disappointed. The friendly welcome and the modern, comfortable hotel accommodation plus its relative nearness to the autopista were a bonus.
We arrived in time for a late lunch and chose the 70 euro 'menú degustació' which promised 5 savoury courses and two sweet. In fact it began with three tiny offerings that were in addition to what we were expecting; a tiny cube of translucent jelly that was a bloody Mary cocktail, a bite-size piece of deeply savoury local blood-sausage wrapped in wafer-thin slices of cooked apple and drizzled with yellow olive oil and some overwhelmingly cloying fatty slices of pork (this latter definitely an acquired taste!)
The menu proper began with marinated-until-melting-soft tuna which came with soft-cooked carrot and tiny pearls of golden caviar and this was followed by a slippery dish of tender pieces of what we think was duck breast - and sweet onion. Next came a traditional serving of cannelloni which was filled with minced, roasted meat; slightly odd its appearance in a meal such as this, but it was good all the same. These starters were followed by a fish dish - a beautifully fresh piece of impeccably cooked cod - and a meat dish – rich and tender grilled beef topped with salt-sprinkled foie gras.
And so we came finally to the two desserts; an artistic fruity strawberry creation was followed by an ice-topped caramel-soaked cream-filled sponge confection. Both packed the required rounding-things-off punch.
The only downside to the meal was the outrageous price of my husband's mean-sized postprandial digestif; at ten euros for a mere sip of a very average brandy it was a definite rip-off.
PS Don't try and rely on Nokia maps to help you find your way round the one-way system; each time we were told to turn right or left we were met with a no entry sign.
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