Today we went off for lunch to El Restaurante San Rafael, just a few kms up the road from where we are staying.
It came highly recommended, as a bastion of traditional Spanish cooking.
We were some of the first to arrive, but were quickly seated and as it is unusually, all indoor seating, the air conditioning was swiftly turned on.
Although I am a food lover, I am wary when eating in Spain for two reasons: The food is generally quite rich, and the portions tend to be on the large side.
Our waiter politely handed us the English menu, and I, even more politely, made our order, and translated everything we wanted back into Spanish. He seemed quite impressed, and as a reward, started to litter our table with morsels of food as a run up to the main event. Fat, salty olives, tiny seafood tarts, deep fried salt-fish croquetas, along with half a flat loaf with a dish of local olive oil, laced with fat cloves of garlic.
We ordered a mixed starter, which would have comfortably fed six people, consisting of fried morcilla and chorizo sausages, ratatouille, smoked salmon, duck pate and membrillo.
This was clearly a place for serious eaters.
For ur main course we chose baby clams and pollo al ajillo – chicken in garlic with a terracotta pot of sliced potatoes, cooked al horno to boot. Again, enough to feed six comfortably.
Dessert consisted of home made ice cream and leche frita, a kind of milk pudding that is deep fried(yes!)
I had recently seen Rick Stein cook this on TV and wanted to try it – It was delicious, especially with a chilled glass of moscatel to accompany it.
I feel we shall come again before we leave.