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“Something to write home about” 2 of 5 stars
Review of el nilo

el nilo
calle pajar | san sebastian de la gomera, San Sebastian de la Gomera, La Gomera, Spain
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Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: Dinner
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner
Sudbury, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Something to write home about”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

I had been told this was a budget restaurant with a friendly host. With high hopes I spotted two fellow guests from the Parador and joined them at a table just as a drama was unfolding. A German had had the audacity to request a table for eight and our host was not happy as tables were flung together and chairs scraped in postion. After a 10 minute wait our order was taken a little techily and much of what we asked for was not available. No watercress soup or calamares so made do with the avocado cocktail (smothered in Marie Rose sauce and very soft soapy avocado) and some frozen prawns. The asparagus salad was tinned. My steak was well done (I wasn't asked how I wanted it) and very thin. But, despite the strange appearance of the Roquefort sauce, the meat was tasty and temder and the sauce delicious. The garlic king prawns were small, shelled, probably frozen, and swimming in a pond of garlic butter. While a whole unidentified fish was apparently OK but on the dry and overcooked side. We paid 22 Euros each which was about double that of other restaurants of a similar standard. I also felt I had to humour the host, which is surely not in the job description of a diner.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • Danish first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Bath, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“delicious food and great atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

Best steak of the fortnight in pepper sauce - wish I was there now. met great people and had a lovely night.

Visited February 2012
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London
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62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“fantastic fresh food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

excellent fish and very good salad. First class wine. Great choice of fresh fish and all of it beautifully presented.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Good, local food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

Plenty of restaurants in San Sebastian providing local Gomeran dishes, but El Nilo is especially appealing for its ambiance, cleanliness and warm welcome. Fish and seafood particularly good, and priced keenly. A place to return to.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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east sussex UK
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“a small local restaurant with a great ambiance and excellent cuisine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2011

Mario organises and waits, Sra Mario cooks. She is particularly good with steaks and fresh fish. Half the clientele are normally locals, and prices are in the middle range.

  • Visited February 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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