Having been aware of this place prior to our first visit we knew that this was the place to go for best food or tapas in Nerja. Be warned however, do not think you can go in for just one drink and a tapas like my wife and did, the temptation to keep trying another delicious course is just too great! Apart from the house red, it was difficult to fault anything. Fabian, our waiter was efficient and attentive throughout, giving us each a full description of every tapas dish that arrived. The 'on the house sampler' was the first taster to appear and it consisted of a delicious hot fish stuffed red pepper with an asparagus sauce and a pepper flavoured foam topping. Not expecting to be staying much longer I ordered Chistorra (spicey sausage) with Green Padron-Peppers (@€1.80) and my wife had one of the 4 daily "special tapas" on offer, which was camambert frito with fruit of the forest preserve (€3.90). The days ' tapas specials blackboard' looked very appealing indeed. They included, mussels in sauce, plus ribs. My advice to future first timers is to be aware that once you start on the tapas it is very hard to stop. Not surprisingly, we succumbed to the interestingly sounding 'crunchy snacks' menu options.The impressively presented Gorgonzola cheese, leek& bacon hot tartlet and the hot small mushroom with duck liver pate tartlet (both at €1.80) together with a portion pf patatas bravas which we shared and enjoyed..
Our defences had now been broken, so what the hell, lets try the "trilogy of the sea burgers" between us. (€5.70). Once again Monserat (the chef, not to mention being Fabian's step-mother) execution & presentation of the platter was superb. We were presented with a tuna mini bun, together with a salmon and a octopus burger both covered with fried julianed green beans, plus a pumkin sauce on the side. Once again a sublime combination. "Thats it" we said, but no, we were mistaken, Fabian inquired if we would care to peruse the a la carte menu for a postre and I immediately spotted a tantalising combo of tiramisu with caramalised apple..`We were just about to succumb to ordering this temptation, when our intrepid waiter announced that the "something else" shown on the menu today was apple strudel with vanilla sauce. All the superlatives have all now been exhausted on what our taste bud had experienced so far ,but suffice to say that when this dish arrived, we thought we were dreaming or had gone to heaven on tasting it. Awesome! By now we had started to disappear under the table, when that man once again appeared and presented both of us with another "on the house " surprise. This time it was a "chapita", consisting of a moscatel dessert wine base, with a whipped double cream topping. The latter having to be consumed by means of the accompanying skewered moscatel raisin. Absolutely gorgeous.
Suffice to say when I read their "a la carte" menu offering such diverse dishes as caramalised scallops on crispy rice cakes and citrus fruit aromas (€12.50), Iberian Pork Carpaccio & Pined Vinaigrette with Parmesan Flakes (€9.50) or Rack of Lamb, Sauteed Potatoes & Eggplant Timbale (€17.90) we regreted not having gone prepared to do some serious fine dining if the tapas dishes were anything to go by. But hey, now having now discovered, Mo Gastrotapas,,no worries, with a little bit of home eating deprivaition, to enable us to do true justice to the wide range of menu option available and the place being only a 20 minute drive away from home, we can eat and savour our way through their extensive inviting unique menu options at our leisure. We will return!!!!