Today I'm going to invite you all to come with me to our favorite restaurant. Normally my DH and I eat out every Tuesday, but this week, we went yesterday (Monday), so I have all the photos ready to show you around.
Here is the restaurant. It is called the Venta Vicario:
It is 25 minutes drive away from our village, but all the food is home cooked and it's a family run business: mum, two daughters and a son plus some kitchen staff. We know them all personally because we have been coming there for years.
As this is T for Tuesday, (I'm going to link up with Elizabeth and Bluebeard at Altered Booklover) here are the drinks we had. Fancy a nice glass of Spanish wine?
In our part of the world, every alcoholic drink comes with a free snack. It's pot luck as to what you get. Ours this time was bread with salmon and some olives. Very nice!
The 'special' today was the lentil soup, our favorite:
Here am I enjoying my lentil soup:
Behind me is a display cabinet with gifts and also the bread department. They sell loaves of bread, baked locally.
Then we ordered our main courses. I had grilled white fish (bacalao), DH had ham, egg and chips and our friend had grilled meat (can't remember what).
I don't like chips, so I always get tomatoes with mine. Then my desert was 'flan de cafe', which is home made and coffee flavoured.
I bet your mouth is watering....
Looking around the restaurant, you can see we are seated in the bar part. (the dining room is at the back but we prefer to sit in the bar). There is always lots going on. Here is the display of hams (jamones) and wineskins. You can also see on the left some chorizo sausage and lots of sweets (candies as the Americans say and caramelos in Spanish).
Finally we have our coffees (I have mine with a dash of anis liquor). We were celebrating a friend's birthday so there were pastries that we had brought ourselves.
After we finished our deserts we get a complimentary drink, a sort of Baileys liquor. Yummy.
All this lovely food and drink (except the pastries) is included in the price. They call it 'Menu del Dia' or menu of the day. It is only valid at lunch time (from 2 pm until about 4pm, the Spaniards eat late) as that is the main meal of the day for most people. Most restaurants have a menu del Dia, except the very posh places possibly. I've been to some really classy places, and when we asked, we could have a menu del dia. Obviously the choice of dishes is limited but usually of a very good quality as they have this to attract customers. And it is good for the tourist industry too. We are happy as it means that although we are pensioners, we can afford to eat out every week.
I hope you have enjoyed our restaurant excursion.
Happy T-Day all!