on March 12, 2013
"You want me to eat where? On Valentines night!" Was not a good start to our night of romance. Having recently moved into the Nerja area and seeking a glass of something refreshing, ie beer, some days earlier, I had ended up at the ‘Axarquia Estaciendo Service station’ bar one evening. This is quite simply a motor way services with a difference. Situated on the Frigiliana to Nerja road, it sits above the junction with the Autovia A7. Exit (Salida) 292 It is accessible by both foot and vehicle. The vast premises covers most needs found by travellers using the motorway, and local residents. Car wash, fuel station, 24 hour grocery store (Even sells ‘Marmite’ a popular savoury spread used by the British), shower cubicles, and very nice toilets (Yet another special item in the hearts of the British). However this review covers the Restaurant/bar. The two of us set off for our romantic valentines meal. The restaurant/bar has seating for about 80 people within the building. Tables are set up for 4 persons, and can be pushed together if a large party attends. Outside on the balcony there is additional seating for another 20 persons. The views are panoramic covering both the mountains and the Mediterranean. The decor within the building is traditional dark wood, with an abundance of Jamon Serrano (Legs of meat) hanging from the ceiling. Just to add to my partners deep feelings of hatred towards me for taking her to a petrol station for a valentines meal, the staff were showing the Manchester United/Real Madrid football match live on the TV. Deep joy. Service was very quick even with most of the tables taken up by local residents. Free olives to start and draft beer and excellent house white wine served throughout the meal. My partner’s little face lit up after supping the wine. My partner went for the sword fish. Excellently presented and completely filleted with the exception of the main central bone. Her little face lit up even more. I was scoring lots of house points, I may be in line for a ‘special evening’ later! I had the Spanish traditional Rosca with Ham. A Rosca is a huge Bagel shaped bread that comes with a variety of fillings. Usually served with French fries. For dessert we enjoyed the large selection of sticky cakes on offer. My partner’s face went into almost a fixed grin when she tucked into the chocolate gateau which looked guaranteed to increase the size of her already ample stomach. Dinner was completed with Cafe con leche and large brandies. The staff there were very attentive, even though they knew we were English and Real Madrid had lost the match. I returned a few days later and had breakfast there. Again the place was full to capacity. I will certainly go back there again. My only criticism would be that the coffee was not piping hot, and the bacon was slightly undercooked. Nevertheless an excellent venue.
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