Found the recommendation for Meson de la Orza in TripAdvisor when planning my visit to Toledo. I believe that it was number 4 on the list of eateries, with two of those preceding it Middle Eastern. As I live in the Middle East, I chose not to even consider the Middle Eastern Restaurants and coincidentally, Meson de la Orza is located just a 3 or 4 minute walk from my hotel. My first evening I went there at about 20:00 and asked when they open for dinner and was told that they would open in another half hour, and they said they would save me a table. While they have a very pleasant terrace to dine on, I am not an al fresco diner and chose a table inside.
When I arrived, I was given the menu and the menu del dia (menu of the day); I requested the wine list. I chose the menu del dia, because it was inexpensive (25 Euros) and because the choices that it offered were appealing. I ordered a first, main and desert course (the latter after I finished the first and main), and to that they provided beverage and bread, and some toast with a tomato sauce. Soft drink was included, and I had a bottle of soda water. The food was fantastic, and so I had no guilt feelings about saving a few Euros by not ordering a la carte.
The wine list is extensive for the La Mancha area, and more limited for the more well-known wine producing areas. I found an Alvaro Palacios wine (Alvaro Palacios 2010 Camins) that I was unfamiliar with for the very reasonable price of 14 Euros. It too was excellent. In sum, a wonderful meal at a wonderful restaurant with excellent wine and extremely professional service. And so before leaving I reserved a table for the next night.
The next night I once again availed myself of the menu del dia, choosing items different from the previous night for each of the courses, adding a salad from the ala carte menu , and accompanied it this time by a Mauro 2009 Cosecha, which at 33 Euros more than doubled the price of my meal but was well worth it.
I would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a gourmet experience at very reasonable prices.
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