Cortina's is located on the 'strip' (the Pembroke area) which houses mainly restaurants - situated between Harvey Nichols and Hamleys. My daughter and I decided to give it a try for lunch. It was quite busy on that day for some reason but we were seated quickly. The ambiance is cool and laid back and the decor is relaxing - lots of wood with accents of green and orange. There could be a little more room between tables as they are so close you can't help but hear your neighbours conversation.
Our waitress was attentive and very pleasant - without being intrusive. We ordered guacamole for starters. The guaramole was delicious and the tortilla chips plentiful. Our Mains were Cabo Taco Salad, served in a tortilla shell. My daughter added prawns and pronounced herself well satisfied with it. I ordered chicken fajitas and they were accompanied by red rice, sweetcorn tomalito, salsa roja and pinto beans. They came already wrapped - which denied me the pleasure of 'making' them myself !! However, they were tasty and just spicy enough for me.
We had a couple of their tequila cocktails which were tasty and refreshing. But..... the jewel in the crown was the 'Warm Chocolate Lava Cake' with Pistachio, vanilla or chocolate ice-cream. We went for the Pistachio ice-cream - excellent choice as it turned out. The cake itself was moist and warm and the ice-cream absolutely delicious. Coffees rounded off the meal nicely.
Cortina's don't have a very extensive menu - I get the impression that they are deliberately concentrating on a limited menu and going on the premise of what they do, they do well. The food is good - but not brilliant. It's good to see that they offer separate memus for 'Dairy Free'. 'Wheat free' and 'Gluten free' rather than just a small corner on the main menu.
I feel that Cortina's have got the basics right - in time I think they will expand their options. I hope they don't increase their prices at the same time as they are quite reasonable at the moment.
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