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Owner Manolo Martín, spends an inordinate amount of time and skill searching out the best and freshest of ingredients and preparing specialities that you would normally only find in the centre of the Spanish peninsula. As soon as you enter the welcoming atmosphere of the restaurant you are struck by its truly Spanish identity, all the rooms are decorated with authentic Spanish touches such as original trophies from traditional bullfights. The Serrano hams not only add to the décor, but also to the wealth of appetising aromas which assail your senses to beguile the spirit and stimulate your appetite as you walk through the door.
For starters, try some of that excellent Serrano ham, some slices of Manchego cheese or the Russian roulette of Pimientos de Padrón (tiny pointed green peppers with sea salt sautéed in olive oil which are normally sweet, but now and again give you a piquant surprise).
There really should be a better word than cold cuts in English to describe the incredible selection of spicy sausages, chorizos, dried and salted fillet of pork and a long etc. that is the inheritance of the Spanish nation. Each slice delights and tempts you to try the next, why not try a mixed platter?
For a main course be tempted by the freshest of seafood and fish bought from the local boats or flown in from the wholesale fish markets of the Spanish peninsula daily. Or if meat is more to your liking, El Mesón has the most exquisite selection of Spanish cuts, including of course, those delightful one-bite, tiny baby lamb chops.
From the thousands of bottles in their bodega, they have drawn up an extensive wine list which holds an excellent choice to suit all palates and pockets and Manolo is delighted to discuss the selection with you and help you choose the right wine to complement your choice of meal. To round off your gastronomic experience, there are few cuisines that can match the variety of delicious desserts that are on offer in Spain. Our personal favourite was Crema Catalana, break through the crisp caramel topping to savour the subtly vanilla flavoured, melt-in-your-mouth pudding below.
Treat yourself to a taste of authentic Spanish cuisine at Mesón Castellano. Booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
Residencial El Camisón
Playa de Las Américas
Open Wednesday to Monday
until 2 am
922 79 63 05
922 79 21 36
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