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Sarah
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Posted - 30/06/2006 :  15:16:52  Show Profile  Visit Sarah's Homepage  Reply with Quote
This is one of our favourites and we usually make a beeline for it on our first night in Tossa each time we go.

It's in El Portal, just outside the castle walls on your way up to Es Codolar.

We like it because the staff are very professional and attentive, they've got an excellent menu and wine list - and because they serve one of our favourite dishes - Lubina or Dorada al sal. Sea bream or bass baked in salt is delicious - the flavour of the salt and herbs melts right into every mouthful of fish!

This time, when we asked for this dish (and this is another thing we like about this restaurant) the waiter asked us if we'd like to try the Lubina cooked in a different way, as we'd had it baked in salt before. He recommended we try 'Lubina Espalda' - this involved opening the fish out and cooking it in olive oil, garlic and herbs. We liked the sound of it - so we went for it! (This was not on the menu - but they are happy to cater for your special requests!).

Well, the smell when it arrived at the table was divine! We just stared, wide-eyed in amazement at this delight that had been placed before us - until they whipped it back to clean it and serve it for us!

Once on the plate, the fish was garnished with vegetables and new potatoes in their skins. As the fish had been opened out and grilled, it had a wonderful crispy texture on the outside, and the pure white fish underneath was so succulent and tasty.

Before the fish, we shared a seafood salad to start - it was huge! And we had a bottle of Torres Coronas to wash it all down. I think the bill came to about 60-70 or so - well worth it!

geoffval
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Posted - 27/05/2007 :  11:23:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Like Sarah and Kevin , this has been one of our regular haunts , and we always go at least once.
We can remember it in the old days when it was THE place to eat in Tossa with the only competition was the long gone Es Moli.
In those days Can Pini was a chicken takeaway and there were only a couple of bars , not restaurants, on the walk up to El Pirata.
The walls were full of pictures of famous clients and the food was really good and you needed to book at the weekends.
The original family had to sell up and move out in shame when their son , who helped run the place , was jailed for drug running.

Whilst it still has the best position we think it has started to go off - the veg served with our meal last week were 3 rock hard sprouts , tinned mixed veg and par boiled spuds and the pork was really gamey.
The french fries were poor and whilst the service was good the whole experience was disappointing.
They were gracious enough not to charge us but we remember the days , not so long ago , when the previous chef would serve grilled aubergine and peppers together with fresh lyonnaise potatoes as a side serving.

The joint owners (one with the quiet British wife) have bought Ram Vell and the Miramar and we think this has taken their eye off the cooking?
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geoffval
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Posted - 23/09/2007 :  17:48:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
After a poor experience in May we missed it out in June but decided (as Antonio , our favourite waiter has decided not yet to retire) to give it another go.
We were pleased we did.
Although it was by far our most expensive meal it was super.
We shared a large plate of grilled asparagus and Val had a lovely grilled sole (ON the bone)and I had duck maigret with rasberry sauce. It was beautifully cooked and presented and was SUPER.
We went to town on the puds - Fresh pineapple with hot catalan custard and for me a almond and honey ice cream.
Complimentary drinks followed by a bill for 76 including a bottle of rose and a beer.
We will return!
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geoffval
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Posted - 21/06/2008 :  14:02:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The owners of Sa Murella (who also own Miramar,next to Sa Barca and Rom Vell) have made a decision to move up market rather than compete with the herd and have revamped the restaurant and the menu.
Even the menu dia is 17+, food only.
We had a delicious meal , sharing a starter of grilled vegetables followed by magret (beautifully cooked and presented) Lenguado plancha and then pushed the boat out with two lovely puds - Gourmet Baileys and Miel y mato almendra.
A bottle of Torres de casta , a beer and two complimentary desert wines from the boss finished off a great meal.
Not cheap at 74.42 but a "once a hols treat"
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geoffval
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Posted - 07/07/2009 :  10:29:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Couldn't resist a return visit, even though we were watching the 's, and as we had eaten a plate full of ham at Don Juan earlier we decided just have a few light dishes off the Al la Carte rather than the 17 menu el Dia.
It actually worked out more expensive - so there you go!
We shared grilled asparagus,Sopa de Pescado (served in a giant bowl the shape of an upturned bowler hat) and an enormous mixed salad, a creme catalan, bottle of rose and aqua con gas.
Bill came to 49 as most of the dishes, and the wine, were around the 10 mark.
Lovely position, friendly efficient service and a great place to eat on a balmy summers evening- if your pension will stretch to it.
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