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Townsville, Queensland, Australia
May 23, 2007
From journal Madrid Eating and Sleeping
by Harry Potter
New York, New York
May 24, 2002
The upstairs area of the restaurant only has a few small tables sectioned off by a wall from the bar but every table was full by 9pm and the restaurant doesn't open until 8pm. The waiters were working furiously and also servicing the smaller, quieter, but also full dining area downstairs just to the side of the restrooms.
The specialty here is fish (trucha means trout in Spanish) and raciones (small portions) of fish can be ordered off the menu. The menu comes in Spanish, French and English. However the items are also written with their prices on the window of the kitchen. So it's up to you how much you spend, depending on how many raciones or full entrees you order. The men preparing the dishes behind the counter moved rapidly and in no time I was asked what I wanted to eat. I chose a sampling racion of assorted canapes which gave me 2 each of 5 different types of fish on warm toast squares and cost me 8 Euros. My delicious smoked fish included salmon, trout, anchovies, black caviar and pate of tuna. It was served to me in less than 5 minutes as it seemed all the orders were filled in record time by cordial, but hurried preparers. This was fine with me because it gave me plenty of time to walk over to the Circula de Bellas Artes for the 10pm show.
The decor was cluttered but interesting and the photo below shows the legs and hooves hanging from hooks on the wall among the many plates and various other wall hangings.
I would definitely go back because the fish is fresh and very tasty but next time I will make reservations so I can actually sit down to eat.
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