Found this restaurant while looking for a good tapas bar, first time we'd been there even though we've been to the town many, many times. We arrived about 1:30, which turned out to be perfect timing as by the time we got settled into our seats and ordered the place was near full. Passed a fresh fish counter on the way in, packed with wonderful offerings: huge crabs, small crabs, prawns, lobsters, snapper, grouper, sea bass, hake, monk fish, clams, mussels...too many to name them all, and all very fresh.
We had fried boquerones (like whitebait but bigger), chipitos (tiny fried squid), and mushrooms alijo (with garlic) for starters. All were very fresh and tasty, but I found the mushroom had too much lemon juice for my taste. For mains, we ordered two sea bass baked in salt and two dressed crabs, but the waitress suggested that perhaps that was too much and we might share one each and order more if we were still hungry. That turned out to a great suggestion as both were very big when they arrived. The dressed crab was very fresh, but we were expecting cold, cooked crab more like you'd get at a sea-side pub, and these were filled with mixed white and dark crabmeat, mayo, eggs and seasonings, so we were a bit disappointed. Not to say that they weren't very good and well prepared, just not what we expected. If you wanted crabs with very little work, these were perfect. The salt baked sea bass, on the other hand, was fabulous: moist, super fresh, tender and very, very tasty, and more than enough for two persons. All was accompanied by a couple of bottles of white Rioja that went down well.
Yes, there were times when we wished for a bit more attention from our waiters, but the place was packed, and when we did have their attention, they were very helpful and efficient.
The final bill for four people including starters, mains, desserts and wine was €135; a bit pricy but I thought fair considering the location, amount, and quality of the food and drink.
All and all, I would be very happy to return on a regular basis!
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