My husband and I stayed in Aranjuez for 8 nights in early September. We were camping and on a budget so I mostly cooked for ourselves at the campsite.
On our last afternoon we decided to treat oursleves to lunch at El Rana Verde. The location is stunning! The interior beautiful and very clean. We had been "touted" a few times as we'd walked past before and declined. We wish we hadn't bothered this time!
We both speak Spanish and aske for a table for two. The waiter just frowned and motioned us to take a table where ever we wanted. We chose a table on the very narrow riverside terrace where most of the other diners were. It really is the loveliest spot.
It took and age to get menus and we weren't asked if we wanted drinks or water, just ignored. We counted 6 waiters plus several staff behind the bar and perhaps 4 tables of diners. Hardly overstreched!
We chose the 15 euro menu del dia wich was to include 3 courses, a drink and bread. We pushed the boat out and ordered a bottle of wine that we knew would be paid for on top of our inclusive meal.
ALL the food was practically inedible! Artichoke soup had woody bits in it, a roasted vegetable mousse so rich all you could taste was cream. Then two grilled fish so badly dried out that we could't eat any of it. When the waiter took the plates away, he didn't even ask if there was anything wrong. We chose a rice pudding and a chocolate mousse for desert (how could that go wrong?) and once again they were completely inedible! The rice pudding was so sweet it practically gave me toothache and the texture of the mousse was vile and again, so sweet it was horrible!
We opted for coffee and watched as other diners were brought complimentary liquers with theirs. We were offered nothing.
When the bill came, the coffee was added on top of the bill even though we hadn't had a "drink" with our set meal.
Along with the dreadfully rude service the experience was just awful! The only reasson we didn't complain was the fact that we'd drunk a bottle of wine at lunchtime sitting and looking at the most beautiful view after having had a fabulous holiday!
If you have the opportunity, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!
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