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“Nice for something different” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Mandragora

La Mandragora
Calle de los Adarves, 29649 Sitio de Calahonda, Mijas, Spain
952930440
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Price range: $19 - $37
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Wexford
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Nice for something different”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We wanted to go somewhere nice for our last night on holidays and found this restaurant recommended on the internet. The restaurant has a quirky decor and we were made feel welcome by the staff on arrival, which is always great.
The menu was different to all the other places we had eaten in during the week which was great and we all chose different dishes. The starters were very big, almost too big but tasty. I enjoyed the foie gras that my partner had & also my beetroot salad. I tasted the parma ham croquettes, which were a little strange, and not what we expected. Again a huge portion.

For main course there were suckling pig, black pig, sea bream & sea bass. The suckling pig was delicious! I had to swap my fish with a friend as I have an egg allergy and there was a mayonnaise sauce on my fish. We had told them about this and it was corrected for my starter but not the main. The meal was accompanied by a lovely red wine that was a special on the night and enjoyed by us all. We shared two desserts & I had an espresso which was lovely.

We really enjoyed our night and the staff were very friendly, especially the Brazilian waitress, who was very knowledgeable about the menu & wines. We will return!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent meal, innovative menu !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Great meal had at this restaurant, lovely innovative menu, our 5 year old loved the Monkfish & Prawn soup, the Duck was one of the best duck dishes I have tasted, definitely worth a visit !!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fleet, United Kingdom
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22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

With such a large choice of restaurants in Calahonda, Elviria and places between where should you eat in this area? Well La Mandragora is definitely worth a visit. The food is excellent and a meal for 4 with wine was around 100 euros.
The map was a little confusing and it took two attempts to locate the restaurant. If you are leaving the N340 (now called A7), leave at the toll road exit east of Calahonda and take the second exit off the island. There is plenty of parking on your left for a short stroll to the restaurant.
Very pleasant staff, simple decor and most importantly, good food.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great Service - Good Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

It's a great place for a special dinner out. The service was great and the ambience is wonderful. The dinner special was a beef stroganoff which was delicious. Even though we were to full to order desert a tiny section was brought to our table to taste. Very nice indeed.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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8 restaurant reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A neighborhood gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

We enjoyed our meal at La Mandragora for many reasons, the amuse bouche, the ambiance, and quality of food. I believe the owners are from Slovakia? We made the mistake (depending on how you look at it) of ordering too much food and couldn't eat it all. The entrees were quite large.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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