Before travelling to Cuenca we had done some research and knew of La Ponderosa's reputation but there is no substitute for the real thing and one's own experience of it. So good was it that we went everyday. A bar like this is what life is all about. There were very few things on the menu that we didn't want and though perhaps initially the portions seemed a little small for the price, once tasted the value for money was beyond doubt. Everything here is of the very highest quality served unfussily and quickly in a lively atmosphere, everyone standing, the place alive with chatter and laughter. Whatever you order you literally can not go wrong, whether it be the to-die-for ribs, the impossibly heavenly tomatoes or the impeccable wild asparagus that we had or the countless other dishes that call to you from the simple but ample menu. The under-the-radar wines of La Mancha are also great value. La Ponderosa was hard to leave. Every town should have one.
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