Walking outside into the sunshine, I proposed visiting a place almost opposite to the hotel entrance, on the other side of the road. Yonder is a small restaurant by the name of the Bodeguita Algorrobo, a family business, an offshoot of the larger restaurant of eponymous name situated in
We had been to this bodeguita once before, just for a drink at lunchtime, and had been offered excellent tapas as an accompaniment. That information had been stored away in the memory bank for future use. We had identified it as a destination for Island Connections, and now here we were, some months later it has to be admitted, to hopefully do it justice.
The terrace, shaded by an awning, holds some eight tables, and there are a similar number to the rear, inside, for cooler evenings. Within, all is much more modern in decoration and ambience.
There is a menu of the day prominently displayed outside, costing €10 for three courses, with choices for each course. We chose however to eat from the tapas menu and, after a glass of wine, we enjoyed a starter of two different types of salad, one with little gem lettuce hearts on top of which was smoked salmon and grated egg with a piquant dressing for €4, and another with tomato, cheese, pesto and balsamic dressing, priced at €3.
Afterwards, along came a half portion of their fillet steak on sauté potatoes with a little serving of mixed vegetables, including, would you believe it, a Brussels sprout, and all for the princely sum of €6! Finally, we enjoyed a half portion of their chipirones, a dish of small baby squid cooked whole with a spicy dipping sauce, and a bargain at €4. Our food could not be faulted.
The tapas menu is quite extensive, running the gamut from an Iberico Acorn Sausage and Ham Platter at €6.50, to a plate of cheeses from
When we visited, the restaurant was spotlessly clean, as were the lavatories, situated down in the cellar and lit by automatic lighting. Just as you feel that you are going to step off the edge of a cliff and plunge into the abyss, a further battery of lights dispels the encroaching gloom, with perfect timing.
Drawing a parallel with our starter, this really is a little gem of a place. Clean, smart and tidy, with professional service and food that is prepared with attention to detail. For lunch or dinner, you would be hard pressed to find anywhere better to eat in
Carretera General Botanico,
Tel: 922 373 513
Closed: Sunday evenings.
Loo Score: 8/10
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