Great food just kept on coming, everything was extraterrestrial. I read the reviews on Tripadvisor and decided we had nothing to lose by "taking a punt". After all, we could always leave!
Sat down at the small bar outside but were soon ushered inside by Juan Carlos who asked what we wanted. A bit of cheese, a bit of ham and a drop of wine I replied; what we got was an extravaganza.
Bodegas Galiana is actually a bodega and delicatessen selling upmarket products. There are a few tables in the centre of "the shop" where a few people can sit, surrounded by top level and rare spirits and wines (also run of the mill stuff), oils, condiments and a deli counter. A sort of mini Fortnum and Mason for Denia.
What you get if you allow Juan Carlos to "surprise you" is a most extensive and exquisite cornucopia of ambrosia one can imagine. A selection of the products he sells in the bodega, a taste of everything. Foie Gras, Jamon Bellota, Jamon Serrano, chorizos, Spanish cheeses; all melt in the mouth. Breads, olive oils, vinegars, mozzarella, aged parmesan. A selection of tomatoes, chutneys, asparagus; on and on it went; all accompanied by a selection of wines. We had a rest every so often, "try this" we were urged, so we did. And then after it all just when we were fit to burst there were the desserts. Oh dear me, that man is the devil declared my mother-in-law as she tried the last of the four deserts delivered unto us with a cheeky little local orange liquer, Coffee was accompanied by a vintage Rum.
During the whole tasting, for that is what it was, we were asked at each stage if we wanted to try X, or are we OK eating Y; wine was by the glass and we were offered a taste of each one before the full (generous) measure was poured for those who wanted it. In between feeding us and serving customers Juan Carlos sat with us and we discussed wines we knew and loved (a lot of which he had in the bodega), whiskies, armagnacs, gin and the various botanical mixes; the relative merits of Fevertree tonic and of course the food we were being served. Gin is my wife's department, and when she asked which contained a particular mix of ingredients Juan Carlos looked thoughtful, disappeared, reappearing with the stuff itself as a taster for her.
Outgoing, eccentric, enthusiastic, informed, generous, dashing and (I am informed) "quite dishy"; Juan Carlos is amazing and such a nice chap. I must admit that there was a stage at some point during the meal that I began to fear that the snack we had dropped in to have had become a feast that was going to require a second mortgage and that it may be time to call it a day and withdraw gracefully, but then it was so outstanding an experience we were enjoying so much that I just did not care and decided to go with the flow. When the bill did finally find it's way to us, I was astounded, could not really believe it. €70.00 for the three of us. I know that may seem a bit steep for some cold cuts, a bit of cheese, etc. etc. But I must say that in the grand scheme of things what fantastic value we had. Both of my companions were equally as surprised at the cost, we were all expecting it to be significantly higher, and I must say I would have been happy paying a lot more. The entire experience was excellent, quite one of the best and most enjoyable I have had. Cannot really describe how wonderful a time we had, best you go and see for yourself.
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