by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
December 18, 2005
I'm recommending this restaurant as much for the atmosphere and service as I am for the food. In visiting a place like Catalan, especially in a small town where the local food is always a gamble, it was nice to walk into this place and get more than we expected in every aspect.
It was our last afternoon in Spain, and we wanted a hearty meal for the trip back--and of course were on our last euros. We had under a tenner each, in fact. We passed many places, but as is often the case in Lloret de Mar in December, the hours were sporadic, and in mid-afternoon we had a hard time finding a place that was open.
The smells from Cantina Mariachi had wafted across the beach to us every time we passed the place walking up the coastal sidewalk, so we decided to give it a try. The waiter, who could not have been friendlier or more helpful, spoke perfectly good English and politely asked us where we were visiting from. He was very helpful with the specials (which there were many of) and made good suggestions, which we took him up on.
I can't relay whether or not they sold authentic Mexican food (on reflection, I wish I was able, as it's hard to find real Mexican anywhere in Europe), because neither I or my husband ordered a Mexican meal. I can say that they had an authentic menu of typical Tex-Mex dishes, combined with a few other more Spanish and European things. But the special of the day for lunch was a large plate of homemade spaghetti that I couldn't turn down.
And it wasn't a disappointment. For 6 euros we each got a main course, drink (a large Pepsi, not a tiny glass), and coffee or desert. The spaghetti was plentiful and very nice, as was my husband's ribs. And the coffee con leche was excellent.
There was a very nice atmosphere, with a view of the beach and great Mexican theme to the place. And as I said, the waiting staff was excellent. If you need a place to pop in for a filling and tasty lunch at a good price while in Lloret de Mar, this is a restaurant I would definitely recommend.
From journal Preparing for the ups and downs of the Costa Brava