long after the pavement ended down a bumpy and pitted dirt road on the very outskirts of Santa Teresa my wife and I discovered Restaurante Tapas at the El Rey Patricio hotel/cabanas. Vanessa, a Spanish expat is one of the owners and she waited on us with the kind of hospitality one would expect at a close friend's dinner party. She was charming and informative, she helped us decide on dishes perfect for us making lovely conversation amid a red and lavender sky as the sun dipped into the ocean before our eyes in a magical sunset.
The location is quaint and unassuming overlooking the ocean at the far end of Santa Teresa. The open air seating under a beautiful towering thatched roof is romantic and comfortable.
We began with sangria which was refreshing and delicious and took the edge off as the heat from the day began to wan.
Then the small plates began arriving and we were wooed by each and dish as if it just couldn't get any better but, it did. First was chicken croquettas which were golden brown on the outside and wonderfully light gooey, cheesy goodness inside, just scrumptious. Then iberico sausage over white beans with a delicious white sauce that was just enough to compliment and balance this hearty combination. And finally the chorizo stuffed tortilla was delicate and spicy while still having a creaminess that made for one of those dishes that I will never forget as it was simply perfection.
We could have stopped there as these dishes were filling but we had ordered the Sea Bass entree and it arrived to the table like clockwork as a generous portion of pan fried sea bass with a crispy skin and moist flaky meat. Also simply prepared to perfection. Our eyes rolled with every bite and although we were full, we ate every bit of this delicious fish.
This food was simple and inspired in a setting that feels like a dream
We have three nights left in Santa Teresa and I know one of them will find us dining back at Restaurante Tapas... maybe more.
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