by Morris Bishop
(San Pedro de Alcantara)
Open for just 2 months after the new owners took over, we looked at some of the on line reviews, and realise that one must draw a time line on the many hundreds of submissions, Some of which were quite uncomplimentary, to glean any relevant comments from diners on the current management’s performance. There have been 5 or 6 previous attempts over the last 6 or so years to make this 4 story building succeed in becoming a fine dining experience. The dining rooms, for there are 3 of them, consisting of 8 seats on the ground floor adjacent to one of the bars, a pleasant 1st floor room with 20 covers, and a sky bar on the 4th floor for about 40, plus al fresco for a dozen in the passageway outside the restaurant,
From the mainly Spanish cuisine we chose Mussels cooked in white wine and tomato chilli sauce (quite hot) and a small portion of Spaghetti Bolognese for our starters, and whilst the mussels were fine, my spaghetti had only an insignificant amount of the mince element in it! To follow we had a ‘T’ Bone Steak and a Sirloin Steak with jacket potato for me. Nicely presented on a hot slates with pepper, Bar-B-Q, and aioli sauces, but I found the meat to have little flavour, I think because it had not been seasoned sufficiently prior to cooking. Though I understand, that for health reasons, salt reduction is the order of the day, on speaking to manageress Diana on the subject, my thoughts were that they could ask the client if they would allow their steak to be seasoned or not? This would at least give the chef a chance to bring out the natural flavour of the meat, because it’s not the same thing as seasoning after cooking! The service was exemplary, and our waiter Mustafa, attentive and knowledgeable. There are many interesting dishes in the menu to cover most tastes including half a dozen Fish, and a couple of chicken, but their speciality is undoubtedly the 8 Beef steaks options they offer.
La Cuisine is in the heart of the old town in Plaze Puento Ronda, where parking is impossible, but the one underground parking nearby, below La Pesquera, we find out after the event, charge over 3€ an hour - so the best part of 10€ for two and half hours! As an alternative try Alameda Just 4 minutes walk down to the main road. The restaurant open for lunch & dinner 7 days. Average 3 course with wine 45€. One grumble was water at 10€ a litre! No web site yet. Tips in cash only. They do have a menu del dia. Reservations on 640755399 or to email@example.com