Firstly, the food is exceptional. I had scallops which were sauced in the most innovative way, followed by suckling pig, which melted. The service was very attentive. The wine list is not huge, but certainly good enough (I like my wine). But strangely, these are not the main reasons for going to this restaurant.
So, secondly, when this old palace was being adapted for life as an hotel, they discovered a nearly complete Roman Villa, directly under the large central inner courtyard. The full extent of the find is unknown. They have excavated the courtyard, put in a glass roof at the height of the third storey, and repaced the floor with toughened glass. When you eat here, you can see the Roman house from above, lit up below you.
There is also the restored remains of a 15th century fresco on the wall of the 'room' that has been created out of the interior courtyard.
The price is not exhorbitant, but not cheap either. A 3 course meal with decent wine cost us E120.
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