Friday, 15 April 2016
At the New Harbour in El Cotillo there's an expansive terrace below La Vaca Azul restaurant.
When the tides aren't too high, another restaurant called El Callao places tables and chairs in a corner of this substantial terrace.
They serve tapas and drinks here during the day.
Yesterday afternoon I enjoyed a large Tanqueray and tonic at one of these tables (a bargain at €5) and admired my surroundings, including the spectacular view of the sea.
I hadn't eaten at El Callao, so last night I ambled down the narrow little street, Calle Requena, and darkened their threshold for the very first time.
I was early; too early, in fact, though I selected a prime table at the window.
El Callao, like other similar restaurants, is overshadowed by La Vaca Azul and La Marisma, which always seem to be busy.
Their reputation precedes them, I suppose.
I really must pay a little more attention to the decor in these places.
Here it was black and white, modern, clean. If and when I return I'll spend more time studying it.
I ordered an abstemious tonic-water with ice and a slice of lemon.
The menu is lengthy.
I hadn't consumed beef for more than a week, so treated myself to the solomillo Roquefort, a fillet steak served with little chips and carrot in a rich Roquefort sauce.
By the way, I complimented them on their very strong alioli, which I had with a crusty, granary roll.
I requested my steak to be cooked medium, though it came rare. Happily I'm not terribly fussy about this and, since the beef was very lean, I attached the trusty nose-bag and got down to work.
The puddings were written in chalk on a blackboard.
The pretty little waitress explained them all to me and I ordered the Tarta de Platana.
This turned out to be what I'd call banoffee pie.
It was served on an oblong stone platter, with squeezy cream and some sort of dark syrup drizzled at the side.
It was really rather good and tasty: not too heavy or stodgy.
The bill came to €21.80.
Thereafter I removed to Ferret's for a glass of port and the company of the resident cats.