We have been to La Cueva in Torre del Mar quite a few times over the years. It has an excellent reputation. It specialises in fresh fish and seafood and that is what they do extremely well. The restaurant is down to earth with paper tablecloths but the fish and seafood is very fresh and well prepared. It is very "Spanish" and the restaurant was filled with Spanish locals including a number of families eating "en famille" and if there were any other "tourists" then we didn't see any - all this simply added to its charm. There are tables both inside and outside the restaurant which is located on the Paseo de Larios, a wide pedestrian walkway leading to the maritime promenade so it is interesting just watching the world walk by whilst enjoying a meal.
The British are used to eating lunch early, the Spanish are not. We arrived at just after 1.00 pm and the restaurant was practically empty, by two o-clock it was almost full and when we left at 2.30 the restaurant was full and the waiters were bringing out additional tables - it was busy and buzzing! Despite the restaurant being full to maximum, the waiters who clearly enjoy their work, coped unflustered and remained charming and smiling.
We were hungry so probably over-ordered. We started with Almejas Salteadas (clams €8) and a simple green salad (€3), followed by 6 Mejillones Rellenados (stuffed mussel shells €1 each), 4 Pelegrinas (scallops with prawns so prettily presented in scallop shells in Pil-Pil sauce €3 each), Gambas Pil-Pil (prawns with garlic and chilli €7). Wines were priced between €10 to €18 per bottle.
Together with bread, sparkling waters and a bottle of good red wine the total bill for 2 people came to €53 which we consider very good value for the quality and would have been less had we not eaten so much!
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