El Puente has got to be one of the best places to eat, on a budget or otherwise, in town.
Very reasonable prices are not reflected in the quality (or quantity) of the food offered here, and the menu of the day is proving to be a real 'crisis buster,' having remained at an extremely reasonable nine euros for at least three years, to the best of my knowledge.
This is quite an achievement, considering that you get a bread roll, a starter course (often almost a meal in itself) a main course, dessert and a drink (wine, beer, soft drink, tea/coffee) for this price, and it comes as no surprise that the restaurant enjoys great popularity with local workers during the week. Earlier on in the thread someone offered the excellent advice - Go early (avoiding the local post 1.30 ish rush) and go hungry - couldn't agree more, although if you like a great Spanish atmosphere, with the accompanying noise levels, go after 1.30 weekdays, it comes at you in spades!
We took my mother there for lunch a couple of days ago and we all had the menu del dia. Every course scored 10/10, (starters - beef and potato 'soup', onion soup and white bean 'soup,' mains - a huge and tender pork chop, tender pork chunks in tomato sauce and a good size, beautifully cooked, merluza (a white fish - mind the garlic!) with a flan for dessert. Because two of us were beaten when we were asked if we wanted postre they even knocked a couple of (extra) drinks off the bill by way of recompense.
Fantastic! Where else would you get that?
Antonio has listened to customer feedback over the years and now serves thicker chips (those thin, burger establishment things were, unsurprisingly, non too popular) and a decent bread roll instead of those plastic wrapped bits of cardboard still favoured by some establishments.
Antonio's staff are brilliant in every respect, and you will go a long way to find a friendlier welcome, along with great service, great food and great value.
Eighteen out of 30 reviews to date rank El Puente as excellent, and the remaining 12 as very good. Not a poor or mediocre review in sight, and a healthy amount of feedback over a good period of time.
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