This restaurant made me start enjoying spannish cuisine so it's fair to say it is a very good option if you are nearby...
The location is a double edged knife... For one side it's right downtown Jerez and near everything you may want or need visiting; on the other hand if you're like me and just blazing through in business and staying in a hotel uptown it might get to your nerve getting as close as possible in a car. You have to dig into the old city center to get close and then find a parking spot outside or, if you can't find one, dive into one of the available parking garages beneath the ground. Tricky corners, tight spaces and many pedestrians make even the most avid driver lose it sometimes. The sub-zero parking spots are the best option - cheap and safe 24h per day.
However, once you get to the restaurant you easily forget all that. The streets are crowded with locals, foreigners and police officers which alltogether make you feel confortable and able to enjoy your walk. You can choose one of the outdoor tables or go inside - as we did as it was kind of a cold evening. It was saturday and I must say wow to the number of people there were. Locals mainly - if not, at least spanish they were and a couple of what looked like nordic families. Inside there's not much space, about 6 tables that will seat something like 20 people. It's cosy at least!
The service is fast, easy and relaxed. Informal and very friendly, the speedy waiter is always able to give you a brief explanation of what's on the menu.
We started with some tapas and then as a main dish we had half a portion of steak. For tapas we had fish eggs, bread and some very nice meatloafs that were a specialty of the place. Excellent. Everything was fastly served, clean and the beer was excellent too.
As a note and to explain why I'm not putting this restaurant as a top choice I must say a few things. In first place I'm portuguese and though there ain't much to be proud of about my country I feel that way about our restaurants. I believe in Portugal, in the right places you can eat better on this price range of 15-20 euros per person. The restaurant felt a bit like what we here call a snack-bar, though serving full meals...
At one point during diner a drunk lady bursted through the dining area begging and eating bread, asking for people to give her something to put on the bread she had. The staff didn't realise of her presence immediately and I have to say both me and her were lucky she didn't come to our table or I'd have been much harsher with her than other people were. When the waiters started pushing her out she denied to do so and we could see the men didn't want to put her out the hard way so a lady came - possibly the owner - and tossed her out of the restaurant with brute force as it should have been made immediately.
All in all we had a positive experience and we didn't find it expensive when compared to other restaurants in Spain as we read here beforehand. If you eat a lot you will pay a lot but that's like everywhere else. It's not even close to those ripoffs where they charge you 5 euros for bread and butter or so.
Tip - Enjoy the tapas that are as good as the main dishes and then order a full portion for 2 or 2 halfs. That way you get to taste a little more of Spain and are still able to walk out of the restaurant - rather than roll out!
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