I was fortunate recently to dine twice in three days in the newly reinvented restaurant at the Molino Del Santo. Having dined at the Molino on numerous occasions over many years I thought that it had no more surprises to offer. I was wrong! Under the guidance of their new chef, the improbably named Gordon Brown, the Molino is producing some truly stunning and highly original dishes.
My first dining experience took place in the formal restaurant area. Four of us dined and all of us thoroughly enjoyed the offerings. The details of all the courses escape me but 14 hour cooked pork, a soup resembling a cappuccino, a fabulous lamb dish and a dessert far too beautiful to eat (I did though) spring to mind.
The second meal took place on the magnificent Molino river terrace where the gurgling of the mountain stream and dramatic mountain views provide an unparalleled environment for eating. Sampling the lunch time menu was a pleasure with the four of us sharing a mixture of local and not so local dishes. Tortillas, black pudding (Spanish style), bean salads and Iberian meats formed but a small part of our overall spread. Once again detailed memories escape me but the overall impression is one of flair, imagination, colour and above all great tastes.
Served at all times by highly professional yet friendly staff, both meals were accompanied by a fine selection of local, regional and international wines.
I cannot recommend the restaurant at Molino highly enough.
What a treasure it is!
I shall be returning in August 2011 for round 2!!!!!
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