Just when you start to think you have a fair knowledge of restaurants close to home something comes along which shows you don´t really know what is on your doorstep after all.
We were meeting up with our friend Ulla and she said she would like to try a restaurant in San Miguel that had caught her eye on a couple of occasions. She couldn´t remember its name so we followed her directions and after coming along the main San Miguel road we turned in the direction of Las Chafiras and just before we reached the Ayuntamiento, pulled into a small parking slot. We must have passed Tasca Cuatro Esquinas dozens of times but never noticed it before, my excuse is the road is quite busy during the day but anyone who has visited San Miguel Tourist Office will certainly have seen it as it is directly opposite.
We entered through an archway that led to the pretty courtyard of a tastefully renovated old Canarian house that on a summers evening I would imagine is very romantic. However, it is now middle of winter so we headed towards the light and crossed the threshold of a cafe that was stuffed full of knick-knacks where we were told the entrance to the restaurant was in the next building and not to go up the outside stairs as that was the hotel.
So as well as discovering an interesting place to stop for coffee that I will be trying out after shopping in San Miguel it appears there is a rural hotel that opened in 2010 after several years in the planning.
Once inside the restaurant again tastefully renovated in the old style with bright strong colours and exposed brickwork, we were warmly welcomed by the owner
The menu suggested the food was traditional style Canarian but with a modern twist. Along with the Carne de Cabra Compuesta (goat casserole) and Rabbit Salmorejo, steaks were served with bacon and pate or plum and apple sauces rather than the usual pepper or mushroom. There was also chicken stuffed with mushrooms and nuts.
We opted for two starters to share, the fried cheese with apple and scrambled egg with salmon, red pepper and chives. Both were delicious.
As I have said on many occasions we don´t drink so ordered a couple of bottles of water and two soft drinks. Ulla wanted some wine with her meal and was offered an excellent choice of local wines. She opted for a glass of red from the well known Mencey Chasna Bodega a few miles down the road. It was, so I am told, delicious and as the bottle was just left on the table, one glass led to two!
For our main course Ulla being vegetarian chose the Cherne grilled with parsley and garlic that came with Papas Arrugadas. I thought she may have gone for the squid in spicy sauce but she thoroughly enjoyed her fish. I opted for the sautéed pork with caramelised onions and dried fruit and nuts, served with chips, it was as delicious as it sounded and OH went for the chicken that sadly because it had been previously prepared (being a popular choice) was a bit on the dry side.
The puddings are all homemade unlike many restaurants but we gave these a miss and instead had coffees and a copita to round off an enjoyable evening. Whilst not the cheapest eating place in San Miguel €60 for the three of us, it was certainly one of the best we have tried and I would happily go again.
I am sure on a summer evening it will be very popular so it could be worth making a note of the phone number 922 701 187 so as not to be disappointed.