We have lurked on this site for a couple of years, making much use of the advice on offer for Seville, Barcelona, Lisbon and Bologna. Now its payback time!
We recently spent ten days on holiday in the hills half way between Granada and Cordoba in Andalusia. As might be expected we had lots of good tapas in various places but outstanding meal. A bit out of the way, but definitely 'Vaux le Voyage'.
Casa Piolas in the small town of Algarinejo, about 20mins from Lojo and the main Granada to Seville motorway.
We dropped by for a light lunch on the recommendation of our landlady on a long drive through the olive groves and we had such good tapas that we booked to return for the tasting menu on our last day. (24hr notice required). When we arrived for our second meal we were greeted as long lost friends!
As often with Spanish restaurants, there's a bar that serves tapas and the restaurant just through a door that we had to ourselves for our second 3hr lunch.
The young head chef has trained all over the world and has a bit of Heston about his cooking style. He was also the only member of staff to speak english and seemed happy to come & translate for us.
We opted for the E45 menu, which was the medium tasting menu, and asked the host to select appropriate wines to accompany the 8 or 9 courses.
Food included bloody mary, strawberry stuffed with goats cheese and tuna, fois gras on spiced bread, morcilla disguised as a ferrero rocher chocolate, 7 hour braised pork cheek, sturgeon and olive 'caviar', gin and tonic jelly.
Chosen wines were wonderful and bottle after bottle was opened to serve us two glasses.
Final bill was E150 for two.
We felt our meal was one maybe two star Michelin quality. Back home that would have cost double and had a long waiting list.
If you make the effort to get to Algarinejo you will be well rewarded.
Sue & Howard