Almost every one visiting Spain will tell you that he or show knows what Tapas is. After all they have most likely tried a 'Tapas Restaurant' back home. Most of the time they will go as far as saying that Tapas is about the small dishes that are served in 'cool' places that charge quite a bit for the food. In some cases the food is actually high-class, but in most of the cases it also costs accordingly. Actually the idea of Tapas is to encourage conversation, as people don't concentrate on the food.
Now we get to 'El Lechuguita', which was specifically recommended to us by our hotel owner in Ronda. This place breaks down the meaning of 'Tapas Bar' to its core pieces - 'Tapas' and 'Bar'.
The place is a small and simple bar with mostly locals or Spanish people visiting Ronda. The occasional tourist/s holding their selected travel guide let's you know that this place is recommended by most. The atmosphere is homey and warm, but if you're looking for a quiet place to sit down next to proper tables and have a 'by the book' lunch or dinner - find another place. It's a bar...
The order is made by filling check-boxes in a small form and handing the form to the waitress. The TINY (as in real tapas) dishes start popping one by one and are replaced by more and more checked forms. The food quality varies between dishes, but you can go through such a variety that it's OK to dislike some. The dishes cost anywhere between 0.80 EUR to 5 EUR (with a wide range of prices in between - from veggies through cheese and all the way to meaty bites.
Yes, I've had better food in "proper" restaurants, but since we were looking for an authentic experience this place fit the bill perfectly! Get in when they're not full, find a spot next to the bar or next to one of the few tables - and start ordering. Finish a few bites and get yourself a new form, and another glass of local beer.
I don't recall the exact number, but I do recall the bill was ridiculously low compared to how full we were, after loads of dishes and an endless barrage of local beer.
Highly recommended for those trying to experience a real Tapas Bar. The rest can pick any one of the touristic places around...
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