Saturday 31 October 2015

De Locos Tapas, Ronda, Spain.

It's hard to get a reservation in Spain on a Monday. That's because many restaurants are actually shut. So when I found De Locos Tapas was open on the day before we flew back to England from Malaga, I decided that it was worth a return detour to Ronda. Everyone should visit Ronda at least once, a pretty little old town perched on top of a cliff. We usually splash out on a night in the Parador, a luxury government run hotel chain, overlooking the famous new bridge.
There was only problem, I was just recovering from a nasty case of food poisoning that had laid me low for the previous 24 hours. My appetite wasn't up to it's normal greedy levels but I did my best considering.
Don't even think of trying to walk-in to De Locos. There are only a handful of tables outside and these are always reserved as we saw during the night, they had to turn loads of people away. We felt pretty smug we had pre-booked via email.
The tapas here are a little experimental, like Zeruko in San Sebastian, owner, Guillermo is from the Basque Country too. He runs this little place with his charming wife and explains everything on the daily changing menu in detail. Look at those prices!
We start with a 'birds nest' truffled egg. Good but more style over actual flavour.
Next, Scallop Ceviche, Basque Spider Crab and a lovely fresh coconut Ajo Blanco.
The risotto is more like a disappointingly dry rice but the wasabi ice cream is a revelation!
More lovely stuff with tender octopus and tuna tataki, the grilled foie gras is divine.
We share a beautiful gin and tonic sorbet for dessert, a perfect way to end any meal.
We both loved De Locos, it sometimes veers into gimmick over pure flavour but who cares when in general it's all so enjoyable to eat for such little money. Well worth the detour to Ronda, we plan to return and eat lots more if we can get a table.

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